This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Long and Short Reviews welcomes Victoria Vane. Victoria is visiting with us today as part of her Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Victoria will give one randomly chosen commenter a download of her first erotic historical romance A Breach of Promise. In addition, if there is more than ten comments on this interview, one of the commenters will win her choice of A Breach of Promise or A Wild Night's Bride.
Victoria has written eight books—she has two works of romantic historical fiction, The Highest Stakes and Fortune's Son, as Emory Lee. A year ago she began writing erotic historical fiction under the Victoria Vane pseudonym and now has six more titles to her credit.
She is incredibly proud of The Devil DeVere series.
"It's truly unique as it's comprised of four novellas (each ranging in length from 32-42K words) with each story leading directly into the next, much like a serial novel," she said. "The other thing that makes it so unusual is that the tone of every book is distinctly different. A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE is the first in the series. It's very over the top and a bit lewd at times, but it really works. THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS is also comedy, but with a very different tone. There is only one love scene and it's sweetly sexy but still very hot and fabulous. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is darkly erotic with elements of mystery and intrigue and THE DEVIL'S MATCH is deeply emotional and sensual with a touch of the exotic added to the erotic. This series has really allowed me to stretch myself."
She's been hearing from a lot of people about the series.
"They absolutely love it," she said, "DeVere, in particular, is an unforgettable character. As to what they say—they want more! And I plan to give it to them next year with two or three spin off titles.
A DEVIL BY ANOTHER NAME; A DEVIL IN THE MAKING; A DEVIL IN DIAMONDS."
Under stress free conditions, Victoria usually gets up between 8 and 9 AM, drinks a few cups of coffee, and does her "busy work" such as answering emails, Facebook, blogging, promoting, etc.
"I am not a morning person and am not usually creative during the day. It's my drudge time," she said. "In the afternoon I run errands and do things around the house and then cook dinner. When the table is cleared I go to my office and close the door and there I sit for the next 6-8 hours writing. I rarely go to bed before 1AM. If under deadline, however, all bets are off. I do almost nothing but write. I don't leave my office, the laundry stacks up and my family eats a lot of pizza. If I can't 'create' I edit the story but I still write. It's insanity."
"What inspired you to start writing?" I asked.
"One day I just woke-up with a story in my head that wouldn’t go away. I had never written anything, had never taken a creative writing class, and didn't know any writers, but I just knew I had to write this story to get it out of my head. So at forty four years old, I began writing. Fourteen months later, I wrote THE END and said What the heck do I do now?"
She admits that she doesn't plan her books—they just largely happen. She will be begin with a plot idea that's almost always inspired by something she read in a history book or while websurfing. Once the initial idea pops into her head, she starts to think about characters, but she doesn't really map them out either.
"I just start writing, usually with a specific scene that I have dreamt, and then they start talking," she said. "My characters always tell me who they are. I rarely tell them!"
"Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?" I asked. "If so, what do you do about it?"
"I think writer's block plagues every writer from time to time. Typically, I do one of two things, either try to skip ahead in the story and piece it together later, or go to the beginning and start editing until I can get my head back into the story. My worst bout of writer's block occurred half way through the manuscript I just finished. I was so frustrated that I was ready to chuck the whole thing! I just couldn't move forward. Everything felt all wrong, so I started at the beginning, re-reading and revising as I went. I ended up cutting four thousand words! I was under deadline at the time, so that's a scary thing to do, but it was necessary to move forward again. I had to clean out the clutter."
Finally I asked, "If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?"
"Almost everything unrelated to craft. I never knew I was going to be a writer. I went into this cold turkey and unprepared. If I were starting over, I would establish a web presence and strong support network of fellow writers and I would work early to engage readers. I would have created my 'brand' from the start. Instead everything has been a process of evolution and learning by experience (not the recommended course, I assure you!," she replied. "I don't know that writing classes would have done much for me because I don't really plot and I write what I'm inspired to write. Thankfully my editors have liked my word as I've never had to lock horns or do any major revision so far, but I'm very much a maverick who refuses to follow rules! (Probably why I don't currently have a contract with a mainstream publisher!)"
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THE DEVIL DEVERE VOLUME I: Two scorching HOT historical romance novellas
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE: What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a machinating rake? Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis is a lonely lady down on her luck. Sir Edward Chambers is steadfast, respectable and avowed to a life … of celibacy. Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere is simply bored and hell-bent to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. But with the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to pay.
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS: Desperate times call for devilish measures… The coddled and pampered Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants and what she wants is Captain Hewett DeVere, but what's a girl to do when the man of her dreams has eyes for another? Younger brother to Viscount Ludovic "The Devil" DeVere, "Hew" has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down with the right woman. When Hew shows interest in Vesta's godmother, Diana, Vesta vows to prove to Hew that she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of…a huntress.
*These stories are also available individually as e-books.*