Ciao y’all! I’m Veronica Smith, a half-Italian Texan, who writes horror and crime.
“The V Collection: Valkyries, Viragos, and Vixens”: Tales of women in peril……and the hidden strengths they have to survive.
This is a collection of some of my short stories that all star strong female characters. They aren’t all good girls; in fact, some are very, very bad. They aren’t even all human, but they are all strong in their own way and can be very dangerous. A couple of the stories have rape involved, although I don’t detail it, so because of this I wouldn’t recommend my book to anyone under 18, but both men and women have read this book and enjoyed it.
Who doesn’t love a tough woman who can kick ass?
Real life women deal with a trauma like this in different ways, and my characters are no different. I try to make them as real as possible with all the emotions and fears that come with it. There is a warning on this book so there are no surprises because this kind of brutal revenge isn’t for everyone. As a woman, I have worried about being vulnerable at various times in my life and I wanted to write about what I would hope I might do if ever faced with some of the situations I write about. My story, “Dead Weight,” is based on a nightmare I had the night after a Comic Con. It left me shaken for days and I felt the only way to shake the uneasiness was to write about it. The main character is based on me, both physically and mentally. Actual experiences influence some of my stories while others were just fun to write.
Because of “The V Collection” I have started another book, a full-length novel this time, along the same lines called “One Woman’s Fury.” I’m about 28K words into it and finding it to be much different from the zombie and horror books I usually write. It’s about a woman who becomes a vigilante against sexual criminals. In fact, there will be a mention of my main character, from “Retribution,” one of the stories in “The V Collection.”
My hope is that readers will realize that you don’t have to be able to bench press two hundred pounds or run a mile to be strong. Strength comes from within and when faced with impossible situations, you will find that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Writing this book has swayed my direction of writing, but I’m happy with that; I feel like I am evolving. I still love writing short stories and submit to anthologies whenever I get a chance. And yes, I will always write horror too!
I’m thinking of putting “The V Collection” up on audible; I can imagine the amazing female narrator that could read my stories and do them justice.
“The V Collection” is not my first book. I’ve written a novella, “Chalk Outline,” my crime story based in Houston, TX with just a hint of paranormal. This was the first book I’d written since doing short stories. I wrote a zombie post-apocalypse novel called “Salvation” that was published four years ago but the publisher went out of business. I’ve finally gotten that mess straightened out and I am re-publishing it under the name “Salvation in the Wasteland” with a new cover and I’m also re-editing it. Hopefully, I’ll have it ready to publish around the beginning of 2021. Besides “The V Collection,” I have another collection of short stories called “Transparent Walkways.” These stories are all varied types of horror: monster, psychological (I love a good twist), sci-fi, and even a dark humor story called “The People of Walmart and Why We’ll Survive the Apocalypse.” That was fun to write. There are 100-word flash fiction scattered throughout the book as well. I’ve started a zombie short story series called “Between the Pages.” I’ve finished and published “Chapters” one through three. I’m still working on “Chapters” four through six. Each small book focuses on a different main character in a different city in Texas, over the same three days at the very start of a zombie outbreak. And I’ve written over two dozen stories that are in various anthologies (books with stories by multiple authors), some that were done for charity.
I’ve been writing since I was a kid back in the stone-age, but never thought about submitting anything until 2014. I submitted a Christmas Zombie short story, and it was accepted to an anthology! I was hooked! It was like eating a potato chip; I couldn’t stop at just one. I wrote several more stories, some were rejected, others were accepted (a lot were rejected – haha). That’s when I learned that both were stepping-stones to becoming a better writer.
My husband and I have been married for 31 years this December and we have a grown son who is an unpublished sci-fi author. Although my first love is writing, I do 2D and 3D computer drafting at an Automation company (Oil and Gas Industry). My husband and I like to go to casinos in Louisiana occasionally and I love those penny slots. I once won $4100 on a $2.70 bet. I’m living proof you don’t have to bet a lot to win a lot. We have two cats, Stains and Hissy, who are getting old (although you’d never know it by the heights Hissy will climb in the house. If her back is touching the ceiling, she’s a happy cat).
If you want to be a writer, just do it. Get it down on paper first then go back and do the editing. Don’t worry about it first, just spit it out. If you story or book gets rejected, don’t stress. Just submit it somewhere else. The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is true with stories as well. I had one story that had been rejected over four times only to be accepted in an anthology with a Clive Barker story.
I’m honored to be included in the Author’s Lounge, and hope when you read this you will never give up on your dreams. No matter the reason. Never, ever give up.
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