Vicki's fantasy suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone, the tale of a Mage, a Monster, and a Mission. Her mystery/thrillers include Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Bone Man, and The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier prize winner. All feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte.
Vicki’s writing and photography have also appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Worcester Magazine, Wild Fibers, Dive Training, and other national publications. She co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) and photographed the non-fiction 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. With her late husband, William G. Tapply, she ran The Writers Studio workshops in creative fiction.
For six years, Vicki taught fiction writing and modern media writing at Clark University. She mentors writers and students and critiques writing in a variety of genres, from partial to completed manuscripts.
The Afterworld Chronicles' second novel, Chest of Stone, will hit shelves Nov. 2017, and she is pounding the keys on the series' third novel, Chest of Air.
A More Personal Take:
| What I Care About
I care about people. I also care deeply about writing and teaching, two sides of the same coin. Few things satisfy more than crafting magical worlds or unlocking the doors of a student’s imagination.
| My Crazy Life
I grew up in professional theater—my family owned and ran the Ivoryton Playhouse for forty-two years, an Equity stock theater in Connecticut. At Ivoryton, I worked as an usher, a walk-on, a secretary, an apprentice, a ticket-seller, and an assistant business manager. My theater upbringing has been one of the defining elements in my life.
After college, I planned to become an actress, with a bent for song and dance. I didn't. Instead, I worked as an assistant producer for a New Jersey stock company, a professional photographer, a high-school Drama and English teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-shop manager, and an editor. I've also counseled adolescents and worked with law enforcement professionals.
I am Blake's and Ben's mom, my favorite role of all, and mom to a furry pack who include Gracie, a basset hound, Penny, a mystery pup I recently adopted, and Cranberry, a kitty and queen of all she surveys.
| My Passions
All of the above, plus passions for scuba diving and fly fishing and knitting; photography and movies; vinho verde and bourbon (not together!); Maine lobster and chocolate (also not together!); and musical comedy scores, which I sing in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life.
I read voraciously. I write every day. Few things trump conjuring magical worlds and crafting characters who soar.
• What are your passions?