Victoria Price, author of Redemption
Excerpt of Interview with Victoria Price:
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
VP: I grew up in different places as my parents worked all over the world. Learning about different people and cultures helped me keep an open mind. I also understand different points of view as opposed to seeing only one side of an argument.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
VP: I can’t remember the first story I read, but the first one I remember is, The Glass Slipper by Eleanor Farjeon.
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
VP: Every day is a fresh start and an opportunity to do more and to do it better.
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
VP: I think I started writing at age eight or nine. It started out as lengthy letters to my grandparents and then little plays and then poems and finally stories.
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think I started writing at age eight or nine. It started out as lengthy letters to my grandparents and then little plays and then poems and finally stories.
VP: I love that I can shape a story, have characters do and say whatever I want and be able to see an ending before anyone else.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
VP: It was called the Green Eyed Monster.
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
VP: Keep writing no matter what else you do. The only way to be a writer is to write!
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
VP: I love to read, listen to music and take long walks.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
VP: Drama, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, and Romance
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
VP: J.R.R. Tolkien; Mary Ballogh; Patricia Veryan; Taylor Caldwell; Agatha Christie; Jeffrey Archer; Sydney Sheldon; J.K Rowling; Mary Higgins Clark; P.G Wodehouse; Mark Twain; Charles Dickens; Robert Ludlum; Alexandre Dumas; Lousa May Alcott; Earl Stanley Gardner; Nancy Atherton; C.S. Lewis; and the list goes on.
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
VP: It is hard to pick five, but I picked these because I remember them so well because they made a deep impression. I read most of these in my adolescent years but since I have repurchased them, even though some are out of print, and re-read them. Every one of them had a great story and were told masterfully each one of them has a protagonist worth remembering.
A Prologue to Love Taylor Caldwell
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rich Man, Poor Man Irwing Wallace
If Tomorrow Comes Sidney Sheldon
A Matter of Honor Jeffrey Archer
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
VP: 3-m, Overdrive and Zinio apps on my I-pad.
Excerpt of Interview with Victoria Price about her process:
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
VP: Though I do have an office and a desk looking out to a beautiful lush backyard, where I can see deer and rabbits and birds and butterflies depending on the season, my desk is any place I can write. It’s a park bench, a car seat or a table at Starbucks and even my recliner or bed.
ZHP: What is your writing process?
VP: I think about my story, form the scene in my head and then put it down. Usually I have to go over the written scene several times before I am satisfied.
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
VP: Day dreaming is my connection to my inner muse.
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
VP: Very much so, but once I start writing I can keep going. The key is not to stop.
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
VP: I wanted to reach my readers without depending on others to discover me. My writing matters to me and I hope it will touch others.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
VP: Writing something …anything at all, even if it’s not your manuscript and keep doing it until you are ready to take on the manuscript again. Sometimes going back to a previous scene and editing can get you over the block and you can progress on to the next bit.
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
VP: It’s a story of love and redemption.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
VP: I want to complete a young adult novel.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
VP: I try to visualize my readers as I write and I write for them.