MYSTERY WE WRITE Blog Tour
Featuring VIVIAN ZABEL
Publisher – Editor – Author
The impulse to write is born in peculiar places. A struggling author is sometimes advised to write her nightmares. Writing is therapeutic in mitigating anger, grief, all sorts of emotional upheavals. Vivian Zabel combined a real-life nightmare, fear, anger, and grief to write STOLEN.
Vivian recalls: “At times, research for a novel comes through personal experience, as happened with STOLEN. I did do some extra research to add a section at the back of the story itself, but all the rest came from personal experience.
“Over 14 years ago, two of my grandchildren were taken by their father. We had no contact with them, didn’t know where they were, didn’t know if they were alive or not. The pain nearly destroyed us…me. We loved them so much, and they were such major parts of our lives, my husband and I felt as if a chunk of our hearts had been ripped out. I can only imagine the agony their mother, our daughter, felt.”
To purge some of the pain and despair, Vivian used therapy with which she was familiar: writing. STOLEN told the story and allowed Vivian to express the rage and terror, hopes raised and dashed. It grew into a full-fledged novel.
Eventually, she also employed the wide-ranging reach of the internet.
“Every year for 12 years, around the time they were last seen by anyone in the family,” Vivian says, “I blogged a letter to them, giving my contact information. A friend asked if he could spread my latest blog, November 2007, through the blogs of his friends around the world. Of course I agreed.
“Early in 2008, I received an e-mail that said, ‘I think you’re my grandmother.’
“Finally, the novel, STOLEN, is out and a sequel will be possible,” Vivian says. “Research for the sequel is completed. Hopefully in less than the ten years required for STOLEN, BETRAYED will be released.”
Memories of the years lost with her grandchildren and the days of pain live again in STOLEN, so vividly in the proofs, that the author says she cannot read the final result.
About Vivian Zabel: An editor for over thirty-five years, an English and writing teacher for nearly thirty years; an author with poetry, articles, short stories, and novels published over a span of forty-two years––with more than her share of rejections along the way––and the director of a small publishing company for over three years, Vivian has experienced both sides of the submission process. Diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis years ago, Vivian remains determined to do the things she loves. That determination prompted her to create 4RV, a publishing house to fill the gap between self-publishing and vanity presses and major publishers primarily interested in established authors.
Vivian has six books to her credit, two co-authored. Her latest books are PRAIRIE DOG COWBOY, written under the name V. Gilbert Zabel; MIDNIGHT HOURS, written under the name Vivian Gilbert Zabel, and STOLEN, released in November 2010.
Buy Links are:
Vivian’s blog: http://vivianzabel.blogspot.com
Vivian’s website: http://VivianZabel.com
4RV Publishing http://4rvpublishingllc.com
Orders (other than from bookstores, online suppliers) http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com