All About Vivi Andrews

Vivi Andrews was born and raised in Alaska, and still lives in the Last Frontier when she isn’t bouncing around the globe. After graduating from Northwestern University, Vivi tested out a variety of careers—from the movie industry to accounting—but kept coming back to her first two loves, writing and travel. She lived in nine cities—on two continents and one tropical island—while pursuing her dream of writing romance professionally.

In 2009, Vivi won the Golden Heart Award, presented by the Romance Writers of America®, and her debut novella, The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo & the Poltergeist Accountant, hit the digital shelves. Within the next three years, she wrote and released a dozen paranormal romance novels & novellas, including the popular Serengeti Shifters series.

Vivi is currently hard at work on her next happily-ever-after. For more about her books or the life of a nomadic romance author, please visit her blog Ramblings from the Road, email or stop by her website

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Vivi's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Arctic Ruby

Anchorage, Alaska


GH Year(s)

Completed Manuscript(s)

Contemporary & Paranormal Romance

Started Writing:

Day Job:
Writing full time (since 4/2009)

For Fun:
READING. Travel, swimming, watching movies, dancing, hiking, skiing, and a recent addiction to Wii Sports.

Blog Posts from Vivi

Updated Golden Heart & RITA Rules!

Every year prior to conference the RWA National Board meets and makes changes to the contests.  This is the ONLY time such changes can be made because it is the only board meeting when the contest is not actively in session.  The new rules were released following the meeting and I’m sure will soon be […]

Hanging ‘Em Up?

I debated a long time about writing this post.  This blog is about supporting writers and it seemed wrong in a way to write a post about the possibility of giving up a writing career in such a forum, but in the end, I figured it might resonate with some folks, so here we go.  […]

Something Old, Something New: Jaguar’s Kiss Release Day

Writing genre fiction can sometimes be described as trying to write books that are the same, but different.  The books need to be “same” enough for us to establish a brand as an author, same enough for readers to know what they will be getting when they pick up a Vivi Andrews (or Amanda Brice […]

Building a Believable World

You know what the best thing about writing paranormal is?  The research.  Or should I say lack thereof.  You get to make it all up! But (sadly) that doesn’t mean you can ignore the details. The trick to great paranormal romance, in my humble opinion, is creating a framework for your story, a world that […]

Inspired By Actual…

They say write what you know and part of that, to me, has always been accessing your own emotional truth and applying it to your characters.  We can draw from the experiences in our lives, the way those experiences made us feel, to give our characters a richer, more authentic emotional depth.  Not to mention […]

Name That Ruby

A few weeks back, Liz Talley and Kim Law did a post in which they invited us to guess which paragraphs had been written by each of them.  It was a fascinating exercise in the power of voice.  Your voice as a writer makes you distinctive and keeps readers coming back for more.  For many […]

Winter Writing Festival: Check-In #1

It’s that time, boys and girls!  Our first Check-in!  Time to pony up to how you did during the first week of the Fourth Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival.  Did you make your goals?  Surpass them?  Fall short? Did you discover the fierce productivity of the sprints in the chatroom? Tell us how you did […]

Writing Resolutions

Another year is drawing to a close. This always seems to be a natural time to take stock of how far we’ve come in the last twelve months and make resolutions for the next twelve.  For the next year (or next few weeks until our resolve gets swallowed up by real life) we’re all going […]

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