Jen: Welcome to day two of our focus on historical romance. Today we welcome Victoria Alexander to Romancing the Book. Victoria, will you share a short bio with us?
Victoria: Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. The number one New York Times best-selling author has written 31 novels and 8 novellas. She is published around the world and credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a television reporter. Today she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her family including two counter-surfing bearded collies.
My newest book is The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride. The backdrop of the story is the wedding of Camille and Grayson from What Happens at Christmas. That’s where we first met the heroine of Scandalous Delilah, Lady Hargate. Delilah thinks of herself as the only truly well behaved, proper member of a family prone to, well, scandal and having a good time. So she’s mortified when she falls off the propriety wagon and right into the bed of an American entrepreneur. Naturally, she thinks it was an enormous mistake and would prefer never to see him again. But what’s a girl to do when her mistake shows up for her sister’s wedding?
I’m not sure where the idea for this came from but I love having characters who think they’re very proper or quite scandalous only to find out they’re not exactly who they think they are. I’ve also discovered I love writing about weddings so I think there will be more of that in the future.
Read the prologue of Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride
Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Victoria: Hard to say. Eyes and laughter I think although I’ve always been fond of the whole package—personality, appearance, sense of humor, nice butt . . .
Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream.
Jen: Favorite day of the week.
Victoria: Monday—because I work at home and Monday is when everyone else goes back to work or school or whatever.
Jen: Favorite movie.
Victoria: Tough question because it depends on my mood. And I have way too many to pick just one. Some favorites are The Red Violin, Romancing the Stone, Easy A, Moonstruck.
Jen: Favorite room in your house.
Victoria: My new bathroom. Construction took forever and it’s just perfect.
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Victoria: Bad made for TV holiday movies. I love them. It’s an addiction.
Jen: What signature dish you’re known for?
Victoria: Banana split cake
Jen: What is your preferred method of travel?
Victoria: Time travel
Jen: What is the most surprising item on your bucket list?
Victoria: I want to visit Petra in Jordan.
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Victoria: Mark Twain and Stephen King. Preferably, at the same dinner. Wouldn’t that be fabulous???
Jen: Coffee or tea?
Victoria: Yes to both! Coffee in the morning, hot tea all day in winter (only thing that warms me up in my frigid office), ice tea all day in the summer.
Jen: Warm weather or cold?
Victoria: Definitely coolish but I hate ice!!!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Victoria: My next book picks up where Scandalous ends. The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding (November 2014) is about the new American heir to Millworth Manor. That’s followed by The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress about the new heir’s former fiancée, out in spring of 2015. In the meantime, one of my first books—The Princess and the Pea—will be reissued with a fabulous new cover in September.