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Thursday, 30 October 2008
A Talk With Vivian Zabel
Topic: Author Interview

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Trusting, determined, caring

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Took a poll: Tenacious, caring, conscientious


3.   Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

My family: my husband of over 46 years, three living children, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and another on the way.


4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

I have one funny faced tabby cat, named Funny Face. He thinks he owns me, and has for over seven years. He also is my attack cat. He growls if anyone is in the yard that shouldn't be. If my husband isn't home, and I try to go outside after dark, Funny Face stays by my side yowling until I go back inside. A dog come toward me outside, no matter how large, and Funny will try to attack him.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Only one? Not fair. Should I choose holding my first born in my arms? Or my second or third or the few moments with my fourth, so tiny and whose life was so short? Maybe the first grandchild or the others who came? Ah, the great-grandchildren.

But none of those would have been possible without the moment when I walked down the aisle toward the man who thought me so beautiful, who loved me so much that he still sees me through eyes blinded by that love.

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh, I wrote a story about that, titled "Crazy-woman Dance."  I was pregnant with my fourth child and on the way to my oldest child's kindergarten Christmas program. I had taken the dress I wore and the coat from the cleaner's plastic bag (it was the first cold time that year, after Thanksgiving, unusual) to wear that night.

On the drive from the house to where the program would be held, I made the statement that I was going crazy.

As we exited the car, something sharp circled my middle, racing around and around where my waist would have normally been. I wiggled, jiggled, and squirmed as I stood on the sidewalk. People stopped and stared, including my husband and children. Suddenly a mouse plopped on the ground between my feet and rushed off into the bushes.

My middle child and older son told everyone, "Momma's doing the crazy-woman dance."

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Let's see, I'm already been a bookkeeper, office manager, inventory clerk, teacher, mother, wife.

I suppose if I weren't a writer I'd be bored. Of course I'd probably still be a publisher. I'm a glutton for punishment.


8.    In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Trying to get rid of me already? Huh. Vivian Zabel gave all she had to her family, her students, her friends, the authors and illustrators from her company. When nothing was left, her spirit joined God.


For more information, please visit:  is the Midnight site.  The book can be bought on the publisher's website:

and don't forget the contest:

Prize: $25 gift certificate from

1. Each person who comments on a blog stop receives one entry. For example, if a person leaves a comment on four blog stops, he has four entries.

2. Each person who purchases a copy of Midnight Hours from the 4RV Store ( or directly from the author receives fifteen (15) entries per purchase. Since we cannot receive notification from other places in time, we need people to use the publisher's store.

A person may have entries from a purchase and from leaving comments.

An email address will be needed to notify the winner and to send the gift certificate.

November 5, a random drawing will be held using a program online to choose a winner. I will notify the winner by email and will post the result on my blogs at Vivian's Site and Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap.

Everyone who comments and/or purchases a book needs to sent an email to  with the answer to the question,"When does Midnight meet Martin on the online game site?"

The email with the correct answer validates the entries.

Posted by joyceanthony at 1:16 AM EDT
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Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 3:13 AM EDT

Name: "Vivian"
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Thanks, Joyce.


ONE CONTEST point left out: To validate entries, a person needs to send an email to In the email message must be the answer to the question, "What time does Midnight meet Martin on the online game site?" This is IMPORTANT.


The above rule replaces the one where an email address should be part of the comment.

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 7:01 AM EDT

Name: "Ron"

You are most fortunate to have found the man of your dreams.  my dreams become nightmares. A very good interview.

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 9:34 AM EDT

Name: "Aidana"
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Lol... a mouse... crazy-woman...

And of course we are not trying to get rid of you... we are gluttons too.

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 12:22 PM EDT

Name: "Jack the Ripper"
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What a wonderful insight inot your world Vivian, and of course, that of Midnight and Martin. Midnight I know only too well of course, she being of a similar ilk to myself, and perhaps belonging in the same genre. I admired Martin very much whilst reading your book, a man who would not have been out of place in my world, such was his tenacity and determination to bring his Nemesis to justice, much as dear Inspector Abberline tried with me over a hundred years ago, and look what happened there!

 Midnight is deliciously wicked, maybe not quite so 'up front' in her methods as I, but then, no-one before or since ever has been have they?

I applaud you on a a wonderful book Vivian, perhaps one of the ebst I've read in a long time, and it was a joy to review it, and a sad day when I finsihed it.

 Yours truly


Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 2:00 PM EDT

Name: "Dianne Sagan"
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Vivan this is a great interview. We have a lot in common as women and as writers. I loved it.

Your cat sounds like one I had years ago, what a great companion.

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 2:23 PM EDT

Name: "Midnight"
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Ahhh, a man who appreciates the finer things of life. Too bad you're way too old.



Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 4:04 PM EDT

Name: "Ransom"
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Don't let them get rid of you yet, Viv! I hear there might be a sequel to Midnight Hours, and I'd hate to miss it. 

That crazy-woman dance is awesome. One day I went to work and had a spider crawling around in my clothes. It's definitely a unique feeling.

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 4:45 PM EDT

Name: "Lea Schizas"
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I absolutely loved your Crazy Dance story. Takes kids to come up with neat titles like that. :)

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 6:01 PM EDT

Name: "Vivian"
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Thanks, everyone, for the comments. The blog tour has been fun.



Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 6:12 PM EDT

Name: "Joyce A. Anthony"
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My, my...what wonderful visitors today-and I see my blog has caught the eye of the famous Jack the Ripper-Miss Midnight, you must be something else :-)


Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 7:05 PM EDT

Name: "Rena"

Great interview! I love learning more about Vivian. I bet the mouse and crazy woman dance was quite a sight to see!

Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 8:03 PM EDT

Name: "Midnight"
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Well, well, Joyce, since you're showing so much good sense, you won't be listed in my journal after all.


Thursday, 30 October 2008 - 10:50 PM EDT

Name: "Vivian"
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Goodnight, all. 

 Midnight, behave yourself.

See you tomorrow, Joyce.

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