Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
About The Author I graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia in 1977 with a B.F.A. in art education. Soon afterwards, while following my love for fashion, I found notoriety as a fashion designer during the late 70’s and early 80’s. My beautiful, unique designs were introduced and celebrated at the finale of the grand opening of the Atlanta Apparel Mart kick starting my career. It wasn’t long thereafter, that my designs were showcased in Palm Beach, Florida at Bonwit Teller and D. Kylene Boutique on Worth Avenue. There, my reputation grew, and I began to design Couture for private clients as well as being honored with a fashion show at the Breakers Hotel as the youngest designer to be recognized on Worth Avenue at the time. On many occasions, my designs were featured in New York’s Women’s Wear Daily and in Glamour Magazine. In 1984 I was nominated for the Dupont Designer Award at the Lincoln Center in New York City. After turning down an offer to work in New York, I met and fell in love with my husband, and successful businessman, Ronald Hardy, and moved to the Panhandle of Florida. I retired from my design business but continued my entrepreneurial spirit by developing a perfume line under the name, Vivian E. Inc., labeled, Tursiops Eau de Parfum. My perfume line took off and was at one time distributed not only in resorts across the USA but also in Japan, Mexico and throughout the Caribbean Islands. Upon the sale of my husband’s businesses, I sold my business. We began traveling the world together experiencing life through the eyes of many different people and cultures. Throughout the years, I began writing as an outlet for my continuous need to create. I successfully wrote several papers for the Emerald Coast Philosophical Group and published my first travel book, Twelve Days in Botswana Through the Eyes of a Traveler. After ten years of research and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews, I found inspiration and motivation to write Johnny and Jazzbo. Dr. Johnny Savage and Otis Ikner’s story of adventure, trials, and tribulations during the 60’s and 70’s while following the road to being poor no more, is a powerful story of friendship, compassion, and determination under the most difficult circumstances. This historical and adventurous true story told through the eyes of these two young southern men, one black, one white, will keep you in suspense all the way to the end. Johnny and Jazzbo has been well received across the United States and is now being considered by a Hollywood producer at this time.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Johnny and Jazzbo a True Story
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Like most authors I write when the moment strikes, many times in the middle of the night from a dream or after gaining inspiration while walking my dogs through the woods on our early morning walks.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee White Oleander by Janet Fitch I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen The Help by Kathryn Stockett
What are you working on now?
A novel titled "River Run" And another novel titled "A Night at Cracker Barrel
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Right now, Amazon and the self-publishing company Archway Publishing, I am also doing book signings
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
Any website that promotes books at this time, especially book clubs
Do you have any advice for new authors?
As a new author myself, I find discipline is my greatest strength and inspiration to keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never stop believing in yourself!
What are you reading now?
Cry of the Kalahari by Della Owens
What’s next for you as a writer?
Besides the two novels I am working on now, I have another non-fiction book to write called, Flowers For Lita...A true story about a very good friend of mine that was murdered, which changed my life and the direction I chose in search of love and happiness.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen Siddartha by Hermann Hesse, and honestly, problably my own books! LOL!