Interview with Victoria Nightshade
Interviewed by Roxanne Rhoads
Victoria Nightshade is a local Flint model, actress, burlesque performer and philanthropist.
She graces the cover of my newest release, Paranormal Pleasures II: Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction.
Photos By RSII Photography
|original photo that the cover was made from|
Victoria, you are a very busy woman- pin up contests, burlesque shows, modeling, acting, voice work, organizing the annual Flint Zombie Walk …and you are a mom with a “day job”…how do you possibly find the time and energy to juggle it all?
I am busy! I spent a good chunk of my adult life just sitting around, wanting to do things but not knowing how. As soon as I realized it was all up to me I got moving and never looked back. I have to give a lot of props to my husband. Without a supportive mate who really gets it I don’t think I could handle it all. But since he’s an artist himself he truly understands the importance of making time for it all, taking our daughter out for a while so I can get some work done, etc. Beyond that it’s just passion. I love everything I do. I have a desire to keep going. It’s a bit like Pandora’s Box. When I first began all of these projects, almost simultaneously, I never knew how deep they’d go. But once you open that box you have to be ready for whatever comes at you. I’m not about to turn down the things that make me happy in this life. I can’t and won’t live like that.
What came first modeling or acting?
No doubt about it. Acting came first. I stepped onto a stage for the first time when I was 12 playing Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. I’ve never stopped. It’s changed form over the years, of course. I got my start in traditional community theatre, went to school in New York City for musical theatre for a bit and came back and accepted some paid work. But making a living as an actor is tough! I don’t want to discount what men experience, but as a woman? It can be rough. I felt judged by so much more than my ability. I’ve become less and less interested in stage plays and more interested in voice overs, commercial work and non-traditional acting. Modeling is something that started as a support to my burlesque. That’s pretty common. If anything, I would consider myself an amateur model because I don’t make my living at it. It has helped to secure work for me but it isn’t anything I could quite my day job for.
|this was my one of my choices for the cover|
How did you get started with burlesque?
A few years ago I was at the height of struggling with my body image. I was constantly comparing myself to other women, constantly hating everything about me. I didn’t want to live like that anymore. I was also a Mom to a four year old, at that point, and leaving the house nightly to go to rehearsals wasn’t an option for me. I thought burlesque would be interesting because it would allow me to get onstage without committing to a hectic schedule. It would also force me to support other women and be there for them instead of wishing I could look like them. That was what really interested me. I got on Facebook and put out a call seeking friends who wanted to take part. I immediately got a few positive responses and within a few months we had our first show.
Tell us a little more about The Fischer Bodies- any upcoming shows?
The Fischer Bodies is a burlesque troupe that focuses on dance, comedy, satire and sex appeal to engage an audience. Sometimes our statements are political, emotional, dark - but always driven. We’re comprised of male and female dancers who have strong theatrical backgrounds. Between us we have well over 100 years of theatrical know how. That’s intense! Our troupe is all about making a statement - unless we feel like just taking our clothes off. Because that’s okay, too. And that’s our point! Burlesque is variety. That is the dictionary definition.
People think of the burlesque as being something that happened in the 1940’s but in truth burlesque has been going on for thousands of years. There is more than one way to burlesque, to be sexy and desirable and to make a point. And it’s all okay. That’s really what we want you to know. We do have upcoming shows but nothing I can speak of at this time. We have contracts out and some things can’t be revealed until we get the go ahead. Please find us on Facebook by searching for The Fischer Bodies to get all the info!
You are very passionate about the community, what was your inspiration for The Flint Zombie Walk?
About six years ago I was doing some public relations work for Flint City Theatre. I was trying to think of a fun Halloween event we could do to draw attention to our work and remembered an experience I had while living in Chicago. A zombie walk? Seemed terrifying. I didn’t even go because I was that afraid of zombies. But the idea stuck with me. I certainly can’t take credit for that. At the time the theatre was churning out some underground, macabre stuff and I thought a Zombie Walk would fit right it. We decided to find a charity and make a go of it. The first year we have about 6o zombies, the second year we had about 200 and the third year we had about 700. It’s grown and really taken on a life of its own. It is one of the things I am most proud of. Giving back to the community by donating to charities, giving people something fun and safe to do and meeting amazing horror movie celebrities, vendors and entertainers. It’s a win win.
Tell us about this year’s Zombie Walk- who are the celebrity guests and what type of events do you have lined up?
This year all proceeds are going to Little Free Library. We’re going to hire local contractors to establish these mini libraries all over Flint. Education is really the way to a better life and we want to support that idea. Our celebrity guests are Miko Hughes from Pet Cemetery and Leonard Lies and David Crawford who are both from Dawn of the Dead. Right now I’m working on bringing in entertainers but I’m sure The Fischer Bodies will be dancing a modern dance piece (family friendly!) and our magician went over quite well last year so we’ll probably have some more of that. In addition to that we’ll have vendors and a world class raffle.
Thank you, Victoria for sharing with us.
To learn more about Victoria, The Fischer Bodies and The Flint Zombie Walk visit the links below.
Ten More Tales of Supernatural SeductionBy Roxanne Rhoads
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Publisher: Bewitching Books
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Award winning author Roxanne Rhoads brings you ten more tales of supernatural seduction featuring demonic desires, wanton witches, voluptuous vampires, and ghosts with grave needs…
Four brand new, never published short stories have been combined with six previously published, freshly edited tales to give you a collection of hot paranormal erotica you can really sink your fangs into.
Scent of a Vampire
Scent of a Vampire
Aidan has searched several human lifetimes for his perfect mate. Now that he’s found her, he refuses to let go. He must make Gabrielle see they were destined to be together.
An off duty fire fighter encounters a sexy vampire in what he thought was an abandoned house.
The flames that ignite will leave them both scorched…and aching for more.
An Unexpected Evening
Samuel is a centuries-old vampire who prefers to be a recluse. He is always afraid of losing control and becoming the monster he once was. Falling in love with a young witch has pushed his boundaries and pulled him out of his comfort zone.
Katerina always encourages Samuel to be more open, to let loose, and to really "live" instead of only existing in the shadows.
One night, he finally grants her wish . . . in ways she never imagined.
Underneath the Fangs
Samuel is being framed for murder. Katerina knows he is not guilty but she has to convince Samuel that he is not a monster and that he is worthy of her love.
Abby, a half witch, half vampire whose powers go awry in a club, has to run, afraid that the Others, who are policing all human/magick interaction, might put her in jail. She ends up in a cemetery, jumps behind a bush and lands right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter.
No Place I'd Rather Be
Sonora is torn between a human and a vampire. How can she choose between the man who makes her feel safe and the vampire that makes her blood race? Sonora prays to the Goddess for guidance while harboring secret desires that her broody vampire, Brom, and her brawny human, Avery, can get past their jealousy and be willing to do more than just share the witch in the middle.
Can the Goddess grant Sonora's wish, or will she be stuck making an impossible choice?
Blood, Lust and Shadows
Vampire/succubus hybrid Allana is on the prowl looking for a bloody snack and a sexy energy boost. While strutting her stuff in a dark parking lot she encounters a yummy Latino who makes a lovely meal. She also encounters something else that puts her senses into overdrive.
Lissette is a vampire who has lived with her succubus girlfriend, Cassandra, for a long time. She swore off relationships with men after being viciously raped by the vampire hunters who killed the love of her life and left her for dead.
Lissette and Cassandra only use men to get what they need, blood for Lissette and sexual energy for Cassandra. They are completely satisfied with their lives- until a mysterious stranger comes along.
For the first time in centuries Lissette wants a man. Why is she so drawn to him? What is he?
Much more than a mere mortal, Gabriel has been searching for Lissette and Cassandra for a very long time. They have what he needs, what no one else can give him.
But will they be willing to share?
A Package Deal
Chloe needs to get out of the city- fast. So she buys an old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere- with one stipulation. The caretaker gets to stay. She readily agrees thinking it’s an old man that won’t give her any trouble.
Ash is definitely not what she expected.
My Demon Valentine
Elita wants to give her demon boyfriend a Valentine’s Day to remember. Connor was built for giving pleasure but Elita wants to turn the tables on that.
This time the pleasure will be all his.
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Cover Photo By RSII Photography
Book Cover Design by Dawne Dominique
Excerpt from Immortal Flame- Story two in
Paranormal Pleasures II: Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction
By Roxanne Rhoads
The radio squawked on channel five, his station’s private channel, “Firefighter five-fifty-four, are you out there?”
“This is Firefighter five-fifty-four.”
“Hey, Blake, it’s Cami. Are you back in town? I thought I saw your Toyota drive by a little bit ago.”
“Yup, driving down Brown Bridge Road toward home right now.”
“Good. Everyone is out on a huge call in Porterdale, the old mill and hotel are on fire.”
“Do they need help? I can drop by the station and grab my gear.”
“No, I need you to pull into the old Avalon Plantation. A hiker out in the woods claims to have spotted smoke coming from around the mansion or possibly from inside the mansion. No one has lived there in years. You know how people are always seeing weird stuff out there. But it could be squatters or vandals, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus you know how we’re supposed to follow up on all calls. I just don’t want to pull anyone off the Porterdale fire unless absolutely necessary.”
“No problem, Cami. It’s on my way home. I’ll check it out and call you if I need any help. It’s probably just a bum trying to get warm, it has been cold lately.”
“Thanks, Blake. Let me know if you need any assistance.”
“Will do,” he replied and set the radio down in the seat next to him.
So much for a relaxing homecoming. He’d been out of town for over a week dealing with his family in Florida, but everyone at the station knew he would be home today. Even dispatch. Hard to keep your business quiet in a small southern town. That was okay, he missed running calls. He’d prefer helping others to dealing with his family drama.
The call at the mansion was probably nothing anyway. People were always seeing strange things from that old place. This wouldn’t be the first time someone reported seeing smoke, lights, or will o’ the wisp occurrences from the old plantation. Being old and spooky looking had everyone claiming it was haunted. Which used to be good, everyone stayed away.
But now with all those damn ghost hunter and paranormal shows on TV, everyone was becoming an amateur ghost hunter. It used to be just old vagabonds that came across the abandoned mansion and decided it looked like a good place to stay. And they never stayed long.
In the past, some of the teenagers in town had tried partying there, those from the Goth and Emo sets. They ended up running scared from the place before the night was over.
Blake had run a few calls there over the years but had never seen anything out of the ordinary. It was just an old crumbling plantation that hadn’t been cared for in a very long time.
A forlorn ‘For Sale’ sign had been in front of the place for decades. Nobody had the money for such costly renovations. Hell, many thought it would be better to take a bulldozer to the place and start fresh, but it was a piece of southern history. Some diehard historian put the plantation on the historical buildings preservation list. So destined for a bulldozer it was not, at least not anytime soon. But unless someone fixed the place up, eventually it would fall down on its own. Blake loved history and wished he had the money to renovate it. He knew exactly what he’d do to it.
The private drive leading back to the main plantation house was about a quarter-mile before the road that led to Blake’s house.
He turned down the drive and immediately noticed something was different. For one, the old ‘For Sale’ sign was gone, and the old drive that had been full of ruts and potholes for years had a fresh layer of gravel. Wow, maybe someone had finally bought the place and was fixing it up.
He pulled in front of the main mansion and couldn’t believe his eyes. The grass had been cut and a large dumpster full of garbage from inside the house sat in the drive. Someone had definitely bought the place.
He walked around the front of the building but didn’t see anyone around. No movement and no vehicles. There wasn’t any smoke or flames anywhere either. The front door was locked. He knocked but got no answer. Something urged him to go around back.
The hiker called from the woods behind the house, so if there was anything to see it would be back there.
Blake walked around the huge old antebellum mansion, feeling like he walked back in time. The house was still in pretty good shape, the Greek revival style with the columns and curvature had held up quite well. In the back there still stood a large barn, a carriage house, and several other ramshackle outbuildings that had probably been slave quarters at one time. They filled the large landscape of the backyard. A few paths had recently been cleared out, but it was mostly overgrown. The fields that had once grown cotton, corn, or other crops were now all wooded.
Blake turned around and looked at the back of the mansion. It had been empty for over fifty years. What an impressive place this had once been. As he scanned the old architecture he saw it, smoke was creeping out from one of the second story windows.
Shit, he was hoping the call had been nothing. The back door was locked. He didn’t bother with knocking, he just turned around and mule kicked the door…hard. The rusty old hinges broke and the door flew inward. He ran through the place following the scent of smoke. It was faint and not all through the house, that was good. It meant if there was a fire it had not spread. He found the back stairs off the kitchen by the back door, probably the old servant’s stairs, and prayed they were sturdy enough for him to climb without falling through.
Cautiously testing a stair with his weight he found them to be sturdy. He should have known…they used to make things to last. He tested another and found it to be solid as well, so he ran up the rest of the steps, following the aroma of smoke.
The upstairs hall only had a hint of smoke in it. He followed the trail to a room at the far end, probably a bedroom. Smoke was seeping out from under the door. He touched the door testing it for heat, but it was cool. There must not be a fire, but where was the smoke coming from?
He pushed open the door and smoke billowed out sending him into a coughing fit. He couldn’t see anything.
“Hello? Is anyone here? Hello?” His deep voice echoed creepily throughout the room.
As the smoke drifted out of the room he could see the source, the fireplace. Someone had started a fire but probably had not opened the flue or else the old chimney was all clogged up. He saw a window. As he walked over to it he noticed something that made his heart stop. On the bed lay the prone figure of a woman, her long, dark auburn hair trailed around her and down the side of the bed.
About the Author:
Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.
When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.
Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.
When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.
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