Please welcome Piper Vaughn to the blog today. Thanks for joining us, Piper!
What kind of books do you read for fun?
Mostly I read romance in all of its subgenres (contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, etc), but I also read high fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi, mysteries, and thrillers. Really, whatever strikes my fancy.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?
-Good health. I have type 2 diabetes and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I’d love to be rid of those and be down to a healthy weight, which I am slowly struggling toward on my own. I could potentially get rid of the diabetes someday. Hashimoto’s is, unfortunately, a lifetime condition.
-To own my fantasy house overseas.
-To have the money to pay for my son’s college and to travel.
What is the best writing advice you can give?
-Write as much as you can, and read as much as you can. It sounds cliché, but it’s really the best advice I can offer. You have to hone your own craft. You can read all the advice books you want and learn how to self-edit and all that, but no one can teach you how to write. It develops through practice and hard work.
Can you share a little about your current release with us?
-Sure! My current release is a short story written with Xara X. Xanakas for the Project Fierce anthology. This anthology is near and dear to my heart. I feel really strongly about LGBTQ youth homelessness since they make up such a disproportionate number of the homeless kids out there. I wanted to do something to help, but I only have so much of my own money to donate. I thought of the idea of doing a charity anthology, in which each author would contribute a story for free, with all proceeds going to a designated charity. I pitched the idea to Less Than Three Press, one of my publishers, and they agreed to produce the anthology and even give up their own earnings (minus vendor fees) to the cause. The charity we’re helping is Project Fierce, which seeks to provide transitional housing and support services to homeless LGBTQ youth in Chicago.
People can order the anthology directly through LT3. It’s also available through Amazon and the other major book e-tailers out there. No author is making any money from this anthology. Help us support a great cause and pick up a copy today! 🙂
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
Visit Piper at: http://pipervaughn.com