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A CENTER STAGE MOMENT: Savannah Verte

Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Savannah Verte!

A lifelong lover of words and reading, Savannah Verte hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to write when she grows up. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Savannah’s gypsy spirit and never quit attitude keep her busy and seldom idle. For so many reasons, Savannah considers herself a ‘Contemporary Vagabond’ when it comes to writing and hopes others find her diverse offerings as enjoyable to read as they are to write.

As the primary owner and driving force behind Eclectic Bard Books she considers herself immensely fortunate to see writing from varied perspectives as she endeavors to publish the authors rostered there. Working with other writers, Savannah gets to expand her horizons every day as someone brings a new idea to the table and the brainstorming begins. There is something addictive about the creative process for her and helping other authors embrace their dreams make hers a reality daily.

That’s the official Savannah, the unofficial version is this: just a girl who loves experiencing life with every twist and turn it takes. When she was born, she had such fine, light hair that her mother used to tape bows to her head so people would know she was a girl. She’s had a host of crazy unrelated jobs- everything from cake decorator, dry cleaner, and insurance agent to Emergency Room assistant, bartender, crime lab tech and bouncer. Savannah loves air hockey but completely sucks at it. She loves good jazz, good scotch, and antiques but also old rock, a quiet tea, and a tidy home. She’s completely technology impaired and can get it after she’s broken the computer or done it ass-backwards a few times… Thank Gods that there are some amazing meme creators that let her pilfer images or she’d be lost.

Lime green is her color, the rhinoceros is her logo & philosophy, and she’s completely mad about seeing new authors try.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I don’t know. I think I always have been. I’ve been a lot of other things too…but no, this isn’t what I went to school for…which is an odd kick since I have multiple degrees.

Why did you choose to write your genre?

I’m a vagabond that way. I write whatever is flipping my switch at the time. I think it keeps me entertained and engaged to keep writing that way. I don’t have to reign back whatever story is nagging me to fit a set paradigm.

What is the strangest story you’ve ever written?

Electro-magnetic pulse bombs.

What are you currently working on?

I’m trying to corral a flip-flopped fairy tale that’s due. I’ve written several versions of the story and am just not happy with any of them. Usually, I’d just keep writing until I figure it out and am satisfied, but this one is on someone else’s deadline, so I will likely be reorganizing the tale before it goes live independently.

What motivated the plot of your latest book?

Going to defer to Gravedigger on this one. It’s a passion piece I wrote for me. Years ago I worked with abused or endangered children. Their stories aren’t mine to share, but theirs is a voice that needs to be heard…I thought putting the story as the parallel to another work would give me the opportunity to do that. I’m insanely proud of the story…it’s not detailed, but just detailed enough…and I hope the takeaway is profound…keep your eyes open. Things happen right in your view, and you can miss them if you aren’t paying attention.

What was the hardest story for you to write?

Again, Gravedigger…for the obvious reason of topic, but also because it was personal. I found myself in tears often remembering things that weren’t going into the story, but were motivational to me to keep going and get the story told.

What process do you use to plan your novels?

I’m a total plotter now. I started as a pantser, but learned through an amazing person, (ahem Cherry Adair) how to weave the story more effectively and efficiently by using a plot board. I don’t know where the process starts…sometimes it’s an event I notice, or an image, and then I let myself stew over it for awhile, eventually putting sticky notes on my plot wall to see if I can suss out the tale I’ve got rambling in my head.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why?

That’s hard. I usually have one or sometimes two characters in each book that I dearly love. Some because they resonate with me personally, others because they are liberating in that I can say things through them that real life me would never…I think I have one in every book that way. So I guess it depends on which book we’re talking about to know who my favorite is.

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality?

All of them in one way or another. For some it’s the insecurity that no one realizes I have. Others are the smart-ass that is my sense of humor. There’s one who is the epitome of my youth, down to the military school regimentation. Another is the hell-raiser I could have become if not for a hard dose of reality that bit me. I can see myself in all of them…and sometimes that means rewriting bits to make them more disparate.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?

I don’t think so. I have so many works rummaging around in my head, I just switch gears when I’m not feeling the piece. I have multiple plot boards on my office walls…I just move over and see which character or story line jumps back when I look.

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be?

Don’t know. I write what I want when it appeals to me…so the idea that there’s something out there, I jump.

Which authors inspire you?

All of them. In my book, anyone who sits in the chair and puts words on the page trying to share a story is a hero. I LOVE seeing new authors try and hope that I can encourage them not to quit. To me, being an author isn’t about the lists or the sales…it’s about telling a story, as well as I’m able. I think that gets lost sometimes, that there is something bigger than the author in this…but it’s what I think. I’ve made USA Today, and it was lovely, and exciting…but it’s not why I write.  

What novel would you read multiple times?

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. It’s been my favorite for it seems like ever. I love the layers to the story and the twists. He’s my favorite author to hate…as he throws a wrench that I didn’t see coming every single time. Even re-reading him, I enjoy the toss just before the end that changes everything.
I’ve gotten to beta read for him in the past few years now…and let me just say…I wanna write like him when I grow up…but my words.

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)

Thinking about it…I have no idea. I like the idea that everyone has something to contribute, so picking one is limiting…I want to meet everyone, but for who they are, not who I think they might be, if that makes sense. I’m auditory, so I remember people by their voices…in that way, well known folks are completely lost to me to see them in a crowd. I think I like that though, because I learn them through their words, not their reputations. So, can I put everyone?

What is your favorite quote?

What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?

Rhinoceros. It’s no accident that it/they is/are my philosophy & logo.

When you’re not writing…

I work a full-time job elsewhere. I wear multiple hats there, one of which is as a Federal Compliance Auditor and chairman for my state.

Catch up with Savannah online at:

Follow along on her webpage My Revolution: www.savannahverte.com

Or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorsavannahverte

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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