What part of your first novel did you find hardest to write?
Hmm … that’s a tough one. I can’t pin-point a specific section in the story, but there were a few times that I scratched a scene and wrote something totally different.
What scares you most? …
Too many things to mention, but the way I handle fear is by not thinking too far into the outcome of situations, and I try to stay focused on the here and now. Coming from the old country, Austria, my mother is one for idioms, and one of her favorites is: The soup is never as hot when you eat it as when you cook it.
What is one of the most special things to you as an author?
When people, especially children tell me that they love my books. That makes me very happy.
How did you get the idea for The Bernovem Chronicles?
I was sitting in the movie theater watching the first Harry Potter movie and I envisioned my main character, Kristina, walking down a snowy sidewalk. That’s all of the story I had. Somehow inspired that night; I wrote the first page of my story, not knowing where it would go.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
Write for yourself; do you enjoy your story? That is very important. Before publishing, edit, edit, and edit. No one wants to read mistakes. Write a little each day so it becomes like riding a bike and part of you. Support other authors. Buy and share a review for them if you like their story. Have patience, faith and persevere. Think of your writing career as a journey. Enjoy every step along the way.
Lots of writers loved to read as children. How about you? If so, what did you read?
Only if it interested me. Some I remember were, Chronicles of Narnia. Of Mice and Men. Charlotte's Web, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
All wonderful books. Let’s talk a little more about your writing. Why do you do it?
It is my creative outlet.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
My childhood love for fantasy. I admire C.S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. They were so imaginative and magical to me.
What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?
It is filled with magical adventure, intrigue, twists and turns. Also, the ending points to Christ.
Where do you get ideas for your books? From my imagination and personal experiences mostly.
In three words describe your style of writing. spontaneous, inspirational, narrative.
What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
Whenever I can throughout the day, at my computer in my bedroom.
Are you a plotter or a pantzer? Pantzer.
Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?
Yes. I feel the need to thread it throughout my writing in a subtle way.
Do you put yourself in your books?
Not fully, parts or aspects of my character for sure.
What are you working on right now? Another MG series.
The whole world of Bernovem is in chaos, thanks to Resucca and his followers.Kristina and company start out at Finimus Island―no more romantic, orchid scented, and breezy but raging with typhoons.
Sentiz and her followers have given the citizens of the lands two choices―become Irguls or face a horrific death.
Haunted by the gruesome old hag and the serpent, as well as dealing with her own personal teenage dilemmas, Kristina continues her mission of saving the lands. Get ready for a whirlwind of events to transpire as well as an ending that will change the course everything in this grand finale of The Bernovem Chronicles.
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Bio: Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother and a Dutch immigrant father. She now calls Western Washington home. Besides her writing
career, Victoria taught elementary-school art for several years. Her past times are writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking and spending time with her hubby of 28 years. She likes to read theological as well as some fantasy genres. Two of her favorite authors are R.C. Sproul and C.S. Lewis.
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