The Dirty Dozen – Abby Vegas!


As part of #ComedyBookWeek, I’ve lined up some of the freshest, funniest writers around, and subjected them each to the Dirty Dozen treatment.

Today, it’s the turn of the wonderfully-named Abby Vegas to take the hotseat!

1 – Hi Abby, so tell me, how did you come across my blog?

I found it via #ComedyBookWeek – my Anglophile instincts picked up the scent right away. The name “Alistair” plus British-isms like “fortnight” and “spiffing” are all dead giveaways. I was instantly hooked!

(AL – How splendid!)


2 – You, in three words?

 Novelist. Cartoonist. Grump.


3 – The last film that made you cry?

Seeing Hodor’s backstory revealed on Game of Thrones brought the waterworks. Spoiler alert: That show will rip your heart out of your chest and stomp upon the pulpy remnants.

(AL – I’ve only just stopped crying about this. Hodor!)


4 – Where are you now on your writer’s journey?

I recently published my first novel, a romantic suspense called Clean Break. One Goodreads reviewer called it “witty, gritty, sexy and at times heart-pounding with intrigue.” (I solemnly swear it was not my mom.) The first ten chapters are free on, where you can also find everything else I’ve written.


5 – One piece of writing advice that you are sick of hearing.

“Don’t talk about your work-in-progress until it’s finished.” That’s like telling Kanye not to tweet about himself. What the hell else am I supposed to talk about?


6 – Two true facts about you, and one lie….

I grew up in Greenwich Village, in New York.

I got kicked out of a Vegas strip club at my own bachelorette party.

I saw Hamilton four times. FOUR TIMES. 


7 – Who would play you in the movie of your life? Who would play the romantic lead opposite you?

I get stopped on the street all the time by visually-impaired people asking if I’m Tina Fey, so she’d definitely play me. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones) would be my husband because he actually IS my husband in my imagination. (In real life, Nikolaj and my husband are virtually indistinguishable if you squint really hard.)

(AL – Mrs Lane has suddenly started paying attention at this point…)


8 – Doc Emmett Brown pulls up outside your house in the DeLorean from Back to the Future… He’s got a few hours to spare, and fuel for one return trip… Where and when in time are you heading?

World War II-era England. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.


9 – Your beloved partner is out for the evening, and your celebrity “pass” is popping round for tea. (You know, the one celebrity who your partner would allow you to spend a night with, without it being considered cheating… that’s a thing, right?) Who knocks on your door? What signature dish do you make him or her? What music’s playing over dinner? What line signals the end of dinner?

I could happily write a 90,000-word novel in response to this question, so I think I should probably steer clear of it. My autobiographical adventures in the Richard Armitage fandom might begin to explain why.

(AL – Mrs Lane now scowling at the laptop…)


10 – The producers of the Marvel Avengers films are worried they don’t have quite enough superheroes already crammed into the series… They call you up to play an original character. What would your character’s name be? What’s your superpower (yes, you can only have one)?

That’s way too easy because I already have a superpower! I am Carb-O, the world’s greatest gobbler of snacky treats. Also: I’m actually a super-villain because my allegiance is with Loki – in the Avengers universe and all others.


11 – You are hosting a (very small) dinner party for the deceased… You can invite three dead people to your shindig, but you only have enough spectral energy for one mega-star “A-lister”, and any two others. Who do you summon, and why?

What a strange question. I don’t have B-listers over for dinner. My A-lister would definitely be Abraham Lincoln because he was awesome.

(AL – Is this why you’ve never invited me over? Mrs Lane’s dying to meet you. Well, she’s dying to meet your husband and fangirl contacts, but it’s all good, right?)


12 – Any regrets?

Inviting the re-animated corpse of Abraham Lincoln to dinner. Is it too late to take that back?


A huge thank you to Abby Vegas for a fabulous interview! You can start reading Clean Break for free here. Alternately, read the truth about what really happened at her Las Vegas bachelorette party. 🙂