I’ve been asked how The V Unit came about. So sit back. Kick your shoes off and I’ll tell ya.
In September of 2012, I was just starting out. I’d had one short story published and didn’t know the first thing about writing. The friend who pushed me into writing wanted me to do a NaNo writing challenge with her. Now for those who don’t know what NaNo is, it is a group of people who want to write a book and need motivation. The challenge is to write an entire novel in thirty days.
October first came and went and I still had no clue as to what to write about. I had mentioned to her that the one thing I would never write about is vampires. I mean, after Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire, who could top that? So she double-dog-dared me to do a vampire story.
With the seed planted, I started out with a vague idea of a storyline. I’d recently watched a show on Marine’s so I combined the two. Once I had the key characters flushed out, the story wrote itself.
I basically wrote the entire body of the book in three weeks. I started a week later and finished with a day left. Granted, there was a lot of editing that needed to be one and some polishing work like you wouldn’t believe.
With only three weeks to work with, it made writing and doing research rather challenging. I wrote like made in the mornings and in the afternoons did nothing but research. There is on scene in particular that particularly enjoyed writing. I took it from an actual medieval document. For those who have already read the book, you probably know what I’m talking about.
This particular document was a big issue with the editors. They kept wanting to edit it to a more modern-day English. I finally had to tell them to leave that section alone, I wasn’t going to change a single word. In the end, I was right.
Because I was so new, the editing process took forever. I would learn a bit more, go back and work on it some, then put it away. Finally, I got to the point where I was confident enough to really go to work on it and after almost two years, I released it. Yep, it took that long.
Another question I’ve been getting: Is there a sequel coming of The V Unit? I’ll never tell.
Author Bio: Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, was his first published work, and since then Ravenous Romance have published five more of his short stories. His first novel, P.O.W. was released October, 2013 with MLR Press. His second novel, My Hero was a best seller and has just been recently been released in French.
You will find everything in a Max Vos story. From sweet and sexy, even raunchy, to powerful, raw and gritty—something for all tastes.
And it would have stayed that way.
But when events in the vampire world threatened the stability of the human world, the powers that be called for the unit’s specialized services. An intrepid war correspondent who’d seen more than his fair share of fighting, stumbles across the unit by accident, and is drawn into their world.
Bronson has no problem with that, given that he gets to spend time with a hunky Marine, Sarge. Although he won’t remember any of this when they’re through.
At least, that was the plan…
The Giveaway: An E-copy of The V Unit