Victoria, welcome! Tell us all about you! What would you most like your readers to know?
I’m a mom of four with three grandkids. (I’m really not that old, I still have kids at home!) I’ve been married for coming up on 29 years. I love writing, my family, my pets. I don’t have any real hobbies, except for keeping up with stuff… ha!
Are you one of those writers born with a pen in your hand and ideas flitting through your mind, or did your interest develop later?
Both. I have some interesting stories I wrote when I was little (my mom found them a few years ago and gave them to me), but then I put writing aside for a long time.
When did you become serious about seeing your name in print and begin writing your first romance novel?
About 12 or so years ago. I’d been talking about it and planning things before that, but didn’t get serious until after I read a ‘wall thumper’ and my husband challenged me.
How long did it take you to complete your first manuscript? Did it fly from your fingertips, or did the story emerge slowly?
It flew, but I had no idea how to format, paragraph, or anything. I wrote about the characters taking bathroom breaks. It was pretty awful.
Tell us about your writing process. Soft lights and music? White noise? Child-and-pet confusion? Locked in a room alone? What sets your writing mood and pushes you forward?
All of the above? It really depends. I tend to change things around depending on my mood and how deep into the story I am. (and how crazy things are in my house)
Literary Inspiration: throughout your life, what novels have lifted you, made you think, “Someday I want to create something like that . . .”
I can’t remember specific titles, but definitely Dean Koontz, Stephen King – yes, I know they are mostly horror writers, but their books have always spoken to me.
What shining moment in your journey stands out the most as a real turning point for you as a writer?
There are many, but recently it was the contract for this book. My mom loved this book. She was one of my biggest fans. We lost Dad very quickly last July. We lost her ten months later – before she could share in the release with me, but she was ecstatic when I got the contract. It was a high moment for both of us. She got to see my cover hours before she died. This book is for her. Hands down.
Five vital things surround you as you create. What are they? What makes them special to you?
Special vital things? My family and friends and their support, though I don’t necessarily need them right next to me when I write! Ha! Music, because it inspires me. My computer is special and vital… I very recently had to get a new one after seven years with Red. I’m on a learning curve here. Red was amazing and fought the good fight. This new one is testing me. That’s only three… I’m missing things…
Writers face many time-constraint challenges. What are some of yours? What do you do to overcome them?
I have a very challenging and brain draining day job. I’m on a computer all day at work, so it’s sometimes challenging to even think about turning on my computer at home. But I do. I also have four children, three grandchildren, a husband, a dog, cats… Generally, chaos. They’re really supportive and do their best to leave me alone, but sometimes…
What is the most thrilling aspect of the writing process for you?
I think it depends on how the first draft goes. All out writing wins hands down, though sometimes editing is amazing.
What aspects of the writing process do you find most difficult?
Depends on the book – sometimes it’s putting the words on the page, sometimes it’s editing, sometimes it’s coming up with the blurb…
How do you begin a story? Do you just sit down with an idea in mind and start writing, or are you a person who wouldn’t dream of starting without a detailed outline, character sketches, and pages of research data?
General idea usually. I figure it out as I go most of the time, though I have had decent success with planning the story and researching before I start.
Tell us a little about what you’re currently working on.
I’m working on a sequel to Prelude of Lies – it’s Daisy’s story about finding her birth mother and her happier ever after – and a short featuring Graham from Prelude of Lies that will be in an anthology.
Victoria’s debut release with Soul Mate, Prelude of Lies:
When Daisy and Sydney Brooks inherit their grandfather’s decrepit campground, they get way more than they bargained for. First, there are the ghosts – ghosts Sydney can interact with though she doesn’t want the ability.
Then, there’s their grandfather’s second wife, the evil and unbalanced, Vile Violet. She’s doing everything, legal and illegal, to cause the forfeiture of the property so she can build a casino.
Add two perfect and ideal mates for each sister, Daisy’s drug addicted, money hungry birth mother, a kidnapping, and a box of money, and it’s no wonder the sisters have no choice but to learn to rely on each other more than they ever have.
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Victoria, thanks so much for visiting with us today!