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Who are you? I’m Vivian Zabel, who writes under the names Vivian Gilbert Zabel (because there are more Vivian Zabels, and one is in prison) and V. Gilbert Zabel. I’m married to the man of my life, and have been for over 49 years. We have three living children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren so far.

What do you write? I write about life, mystery, and love, often at least a little of each in every work. My first love is mystery, and I have some straight mystery novels. Stolen includes mystery and suspense, but it’s more a tragedy.

My writings come to me without any searching on my part. Poetry or plot ideas awaken me and won’t allow me to go back to sleep until I get up and write them down – that’s why a pad and pen are by my bed.

I’ve written professionally since in my 20s. However, until I retired from teaching 10 years ago, I had only poetry, short stories, and articles published. Since retirement, I’ve collaborated with a book of poetry and a book of short stories. I have 5 other books out by me, all by myself.

Where do you live, and what does your work space look like?I live in the central part of Oklahoma. I turned a small bedroom into an office, and it’s full of computer, printers, file cabinets, and books everywhere.

When do you generally write? Do you have a regimen? I write some every day. Since I’m also the head of a small publishing company (a traditional one, not one that charges authors to produce a book), I don’t have much time to write as I’d wish.

How do you write? Do you outline? Or fly by the seat of your pants? Do you like silence or rock out to a certain soundtrack? Before I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, the story is running like a movie in my head. Sometimes I like silence; others the TV may be providing background noise. During the Christmas season, I have carols playing.

Got anything to brag about? (Awards? Upcoming releases?) Stolen hasn’t won any awards, at least yet, but my mystery/suspense novel Midnight Hours has won a couple.

What are you working on at the moment? Tell us what it is and why you think it’s gonna be a “gotta have” k? One thing I’m working on is the sequel to Stolen, titled Betrayed.  What happens if and when abducted children return home to discover that life didn’t stand still while they were gone?

Tell us how to find you and your stuff. (All your website and blog links)



Vivian’s blog:

Vivian’s website:

4RV Publishing


Order my books from bookstores, online suppliers, or



14 Responses to “VIVIAN ZABEL”

  1. Marilyn Meredith Says:

    Hi, Vivian, it is so much fun to learn more about you and your books. The next one definitely sounds intriguing.


  2. Beth Anderson Says:

    Vivian, Betrayed sounds like it’s going to be a unique and interesting book. I’m looking forward to reading it! Nice blog, I really enjoyed it.

  3. Vivian Zabel Says:

    Thanks for hosting me, Jennifer.

    I’m glad you stopped by, Marilyn. I have Betrayed started, but now I need time for me to write.

  4. Mary Martinez Says:

    Nice interview ladies. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Vivian Zabel Says:

    I like how you make a slide show of my photo and book cover, Jennifer. Very creative.


  6. Marja McGraw Says:

    Good interview! It’s so interesting to learn new things about authors. I can see that I’m going to have to buy some new books.

  7. sharonervin Says:

    Glad we are prowling the online avenues. Mystery We Writers are proving awesome.

  8. Says:

    Very good interview and Stolen sounds like a book I’d ove to read, Vivian.

  9. Jackie King Says:

    Vivian, You’re one talented lady! I really enjoyed this interview.

  10. Vivian Zabel Says:

    Thanks, one and all, for stopping by and leaving comments. I haven’t been able to keep up with replies as much as I wish since my hubby has been in the hospital (still is), but I’ve checked from time to time and read all the posts.


  11. Anne K. Albert Says:

    Great interview. Stolen is on my TBR list.

    (Wishing you and your husband all the best, Vivian.)

  12. Pat Browning Says:

    Don’t worry about replying to me, Vivian. I know you have your hands full (as do I). But enjoyed the interview and I love the perky photo of you.
    All the best,
    Pat Browning

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