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CROSSVILLE — When Victoria Williams-Fisher of Crossville was laid off from her job last year, she thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do something she’d always wanted to but never had the time — write a novel. After several months of writing and editing her first novel, “Pescadero Creek,” was finished. Now all she needed was a publisher.”I sent excerpts off and chapters off to all the bigger publishers. They were like, ‘Good luck, but no thanks,’ which I expected. And of course some didn’t write back at all,” said Fisher. “It was October and I was on Facebook — I have on there that I’m a novelist and like writing — and there are these little advertisements that pop up in the margin. Well, Mirror Publishing popped up there and said ‘Submit your manuscript.’”After submitting her work, it was Halloween night when someone from the publishing company emailed her back and told her they wanted to publish her novel.”I’ll never forget it. They said ‘We love your story. We want to publish it.’ And they only take six percent of the manuscripts that are sent to them,” Fisher said.Now published, “Pescadero Creek” follows medical examiner Dr. Morgan Warren and FBI agent Robert McAllister as they work together on an unsolved murder case, which Dr. Warren believes is connected to other past murders in the area, but McAllister isn’t so sure.This murder mystery actually started out as a vampire novel, Fisher says.

“I was reading the Stephanie Myer ‘Twilight’ series, and I just fell in love with it. So then I had, what I thought, was a perfect vampire story. (Dr. Warren) actually started out as a vampire. I got pretty far into it before I ditched it.”

Fisher said she found herself borrowing too heavily from Myer’s story and decided to start over with her own unique characters. However, she did leave in a few of the elements from her previous vampire storyline just for fun to see if anyone noticed.

“I haven’t had anybody figure it out yet,” she laughed.

While writing, Fisher used names and combinations of names from family and friends for the names of her characters. She used her sister’s name, Mary McIntosh, for a character who flirts with McAllister while showing him a house she has up for sale.

“I didn’t tell my sister (I’d used her name), and before I was finished with the book, she came up and was dying to read it so I ran her off the first 80 pages. She read it and when she came across her name she said, ‘Mary McIntosh!’ She loved it,” said Fisher.

She also included the name of her hairdresser who asked to be a character in her book. Fisher cast her as one of the first murder victims.

“After she heard I was writing the sequels, she said, ‘Now why’d you kill me off for?’” laughed Fisher.

The next book, “Undercover” should be released later this year and the third book, “Remembering” should be ready sometime after that. Fisher has also started a prequel to the series which will be titled “The Warrens.”

“Pescadero Creek” is currently available for order through the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites and at Just Cuttin’ Up hair salon at 529 West Ave. in Crossville — the workplace of the hairdresser whose fictional counterpart is murdered in the novel. Fisher also plans to donate two copies to the Putnam County Library.

She will hold a book signing at noon Tuesday, June 21, at the Art Circle Library in Crossville and at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Putnam County Library.

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Ewing native will sign copies of book at Great Debate Books

Published: 6/5/2011 | Updated: 6/13/2011
QUINCY
Victoria Williams-Fisher of Tennessee, formerly Victoria Whitaker of Ewing, Mo., will sign copies of her book “Pescadero Creek” at Great Debate Books from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18.
 
She graduated from Highland High School in 1979 and attended Northeast Missouri State University (Truman University).
 
“Pescadero Creek” is her first novel. It was published by Mirror Publishing and is now available at Great Debate Books in Quincy and also online at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. It is the first in a series soon to be followed by sequels “Undercover” and “Remembering.” Recently she added a prequel, titled “The Warrens.”  
 

Former Pacifican Victoria Williams-Fisher has book signing at Florey’s

By Jean Bartlett

Pacifica Tribune arts correspondent

Posted: 07/12/2011 05:02:14 PM PDT
 
 

About 24 miles from where Mark Twain was born in the city of Hannibal, Missouri ,is the small town of Ewing. That’s where author Victoria Williams-Fisher was born. Since that time, Williams-Fisher has lived in a number of places including Tennessee (where she lives now in Crossville); Houston, Texas; and Pacifica.

“I lived in Pacifica in 1997 and 1998 in the RV Park on Palmetto,” Williams-Fisher said. “Every morning we woke up to the beautiful Pacific where we could watch whales and seals and surfers.”

Williams-Fisher, her two sons, and her then husband used to walk everywhere. She remembers seeing “Titanic” at the Seavue Theater and spending a lot of time at the Pacifica Pier.

“Pacifica was such a cool place to live, and it has a lot of personality. There is no place like it.”

Williams-Fisher said she always knew she would write a novel — it was one of the things on her “bucket” list. And once she decided to do it, Pacifica was the first place that came to mind as the location of her story.

“Something about Pacifica has stayed with me, and it could not have been a more perfect setting.”

Released March 1, “Pescadero Creek” (Mirror Publishing) is a romantic thriller and is the first in a series of four novels.

The third novel, “Remembering,” has been completed, and the author is currently finishing up the second novel “Undercover.” The fourth novel in the series “The Warrens” is a prequel to “Pescadero Creek.”

On Saturday, July 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. the author will be at Florey’s to sign copies of “Pescadero Creek.” 

The author describes her work.

“Pescadero Creek, near Pacifica, California is the location of a watery grave for beautiful young women who have been raped and strangled to death, and not necessarily in that order. When the bodies of these young women begin surfacing in Pescadero Creek, Special Agent Rob McAllister, the Melvin Purvis of his day, and Dr. Morgan Warren, a young inexperienced Medical Examiner are thrown together to bring the killer of the five—year murder spree to justice. However, while working closely together, they fall deeply in love and unbeknownst to them become targets of the killer themselves.”

Williams-Fisher, who studied speech, English and theater at Northeast Missouri State (now Truman University), said that some of the information for her book came directly from her first hand experience of working in a funeral home. “Another story!” she laughed.

She also did a great deal of research on the Internet, watched a lot of “Law and Order,” and pulled from her childhood love of mysteries and horror stories.

“I used to read those old detective magazines. The real graphic ones — I loved them,” she laughed. “There were pictures of dead bodies and blood and everything — they were awesome!”

As a child she also spent a lot of time watching cop shows and was forever glued to the suspenseful, fictionalized medical examiner show — “Quincy, M.E.”

Williams-Fisher said she originally had no intention of publishing her book. She wrote it for herself and her family as a sort of project. But readers started weighing in and so the author sent it off to Mirror Publishing and they signed the author on.

Williams-Fisher, who peopled her book with the names of some of her family members and friends — including her hairdresser who Williams-Fisher kills off in her first book, said that while her book is not a romance novel, there is definitely romance in it. “I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in the fairy tale. I picked up a plaque just today for my office which reads — ‘It is never too late to live happily ever after.’”

Saturday, July 16, 2 to 4 p.m., Victoria..Williams-Fisher. (http://vickeywrites.com) will be at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Ave. (www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com) to sign copies and read from her book “Pescadero Creek.”