with Vickie McDonough


Tell us about your epiphany moment when you decided you were going to seriously pursue writing and eventually publication.
A story idea started running through my head like a movie, and it wouldn’t go away. I was getting about five hours sleep at night because of it and decided to write it down in hopes it would go away and leave me alone. It did, but another story came right on its heal. I finally realized that God must be trying to get my attention. I never dreamed I’d be a published author. I just wanted to write the stories God gave me, but then realized that He wanted me to share them, and I started submitting to publishers.

Which of your books (published or upcoming) has been the most fun for you to write and which character is your favorite?
I really enjoyed writing my North Dakota trilogy. Why? My husband and I got to visit the area where my books are set. There’s some wonderful history there about a French Marquis who settled in the area, which I was able to weave into my stories. Lots of exciting things happen in those three books: Wild At Heart, Outlaw Heart, and Straight for the Heart.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Believe it or not, the writing is the hardest for me. I love creating something from nothing, but sitting down and writing is hard work. I love, though, when you get in the groove and everything fades away except the story.

Which character most interested you while you wrote?
Evan Parker is the hero of A Wagonload of Trouble. He’s a bonafide computer geek who has to take his niece on a wagon train tour even though he’s under a tight deadline at work. Why? I like him because he’s a combination of my husband and one of my sons, both who are computer guys. My husband enjoyed recognizing himself in the story. :-)

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I don’t know if you could call this quirky or not, but six months after my husband and I married, we went with a group from our church to live on a kibbutz in Israel for a year.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I tend to put off new things—unfamiliar things. Cleaning the garage is another thing I dread.

What would a perfect day for you look like?
The perfect day, hmm. Eating out breakfast, coming home to read for a few hours. Eating out lunch and then going to a movie. Eating out dinner and back home to read some more. Get the idea that I don’t care much for cooking?

LoL--I'm on the same page as you about cooking! ugh. It's no fun!
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

My range is fairly narrow. I love historicals set in the 17—1800s mostly. I especially like ones with a western flair. I do read contemporary romance and suspense some, but historical romance is my favorite.

Are there certain foods or snacks keeps the words flowing for you?
No. I try not to snack too much.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I write about forgiveness, trusting God when your future seems dismal, love, faith.

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
To trust Him with the future and my career.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
A Wagonload of Trouble is a contemporary romance set in Wyoming that released this summer. I have novellas in two historical collections that released in September: Wild West Christmas and A Blue and Gray Christmas. Next April, my first long fiction book will be released called The Anonymous Bride.

Thank you for being with us this week, Vickie! Wild West Christmas sounds great and I'm looking forward to The Anonymous Bride.

You can purchase Wild West Christmas from CBD and Amazon:

Vickie is giving away a copy of Wild West Christmas. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Sunday, November 20th to see if you've won. You can enter TWICE--once on each post in this spotlight. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
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On deck for tomorrow is an interview and book giveaway with Janice Thompson. Be sure to stop by!


  1. I'd like to read this book. Thanks.

  2. Enjoyed the interview.


  3. Loved the interview! Thanks for sharing Vicki!


  4. Anonymous4:59 PM

    enjoyed the interview...thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book.


  5. Anonymous5:39 PM

    Great interview. Please enter me in the drawing. ~Abby

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  6. Anonymous9:41 PM

    I enjoy reading interviews with the authors and learning alittle about them personally. JoAnn
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  7. Anonymous6:39 PM

    Please enter me:) Thanks!! Lori L.

  8. Please enter me:)


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