Anniversary Interview & Contest: Victoria Alexander

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VA4LHLSJen:  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.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Victoria:  First thank you so much for having me and congrats on the anniversary!!!

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.
Victoria:  Moosetracks

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.

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64 thoughts on “Anniversary Interview & Contest: Victoria Alexander

  1. Karen H says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read any of Victoria’s book and I haven’t read this series. I see now that I have been missing something. This new series is going on my BTB list today. Enjoyed reading your interview today too.

    • I’m so sorry I didnt get back to you sooner! I didn’t realize there were comments but I think I just missed them.
      Thank you for putting me back on your list. 🙂 I hope you like the books!

  2. I have only read the Lord Stillwell novella. I have them all in my TBR list though. Victoria I love your “fairy tale series” and have a collection of them on my bookshelves.

    • I love that novella!!! I hope you enjoy the rest of his story–The Importance of Being Wicked. I’m so glad you liked the fairy tales. I would love to write more of those. Oh, and The Princess & the Pea is being re-released with a new cover at the end of August.

  3. erinf1 says:

    I haven’t started this series yet but I do have a few of Victoria’s books in my electronic tbr pile. I’m hoping for some free time by the pool to indulge 🙂 Congrats to Victoria on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Annette N says:

    Any book by Victoria Alexander will be a good book. She writes about people who are witty and amusing and just fun.

    Thanks for the bio and the introduction to this latest book.

  5. Kate Sparks says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read Victoria’s books, but I certainly will get back to them! Because I recognise her name with an ‘aha’ !!!

  6. sheryl says:

    I can’t recall reading anything by Victoria so I can’t answer the question. I love the cover of the book, the blue pops. Have added the book to my TBR list.

  7. Rebekah E. says:

    I have not read any of Victoria’s books. I do have the Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride sitting on my bookshelf just waiting to be read.

  8. Elizabeth Schroedle says:

    I had to Google “Moosetracks” to make sure that it wasn’t made from moose. Fudge Cup Moose Tracks sounds delicious from the description.

  9. Mary McLarty says:

    I haven’t read any of Victoria’s books yet, but I do have one waiting for me on my Kindle. I think there will be more joining it after having read the snippet above! The one I have is Book 2 in the Millworth Manor series. Will now have to go back and get the others and keep an eye out for new ones as they come along. Thank you for sharing, Victoria! Look forward to reading your other books!

  10. Marcy Shuler says:

    I haven’t read this series yet, but it’s on my wish list. I’ve read other books by her and really enjoy the historical world she creates.

  11. Diane Sallans says:

    haven’t read the Millworth Manor series yet, but I certainly enjoyed Victoria’s Effington Family series.

  12. Arizona Dutt says:

    I thin I’d enjoy being Delilah, Lady Hargate. She proves that even a proper lady can be improper!

  13. Fern Martin says:

    Do you have a system to remember the names you have used in your books so you don’t use them again? Do you research the names to see if they fit the character?

    • Oh, I so wish I did! And I have used the same name in different books–I have at least 2 Nicholases & 2 Olivers. I do research to make sure first names could have been used in the time period and I research last names and titles.

  14. Margaret Kennedy says:

    I would definitely eat a meal with Mark Twain, but I think I would be too frightened to eat a meal with Stephen King.

  15. BookLady says:

    I have not yet read any of Victoria’s books, but they sound wonderful and I have added them to my TBR list. The covers are lovely. Do you have any input in the cover design?

  16. Lauren Jamison says:

    I have recently checked out The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride at my library but have not started reading it. I have seen so many authors saying good things about this book and have been anticipating it since the first review! It is currently next on my reading list, and I must say that it has been my most anticipated book this year. I am looking forward to branching out and reading more of your books!

  17. Barbara Elness says:

    I haven’t started the series yet, but I’ve enjoyed some of Victoria Alexander’s other books so I’m looking forward to reading the Millworth Manor books.

  18. Alyn says:

    I just picked up a copy of Scandalous this week. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I will soon. Until then, sorry that I can’t name any characters.

    • It’s wonderful! I’ve been making it for years. Here’s my version. Be warned–I’m not one for exact measurements. 🙂

      Crush a package of waffle cone with a stick of softened butter, press into the bottom of a 13 X 9″ pan for a crust
      Beat 2 sticks of softened butter with 2 cups of powdered sugar
      Spread on top of crust
      Cover with sliced bananas
      Drain a large can of crushed pineapple and spread over the bananas
      Cover with cool whip
      Sprinkle on walnuts, maraschino cherries and drizzle with chocolate syrup

  19. Laurie G says:

    I’d like to read Beryl’s story and find out how she and her husband got together and what made them start being monogamous.

  20. I haven’t read the series but honestly I love any interconnected series where secondary characters get their own books! Maybe siblings or best friends… or even “enemies,” just to get the other side of the story.

    • Here’s the order so far:
      What Happens at Christmas
      The Importance of Being Wicked
      The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride
      The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding

      I hope you like them. 🙂

  21. Dawn says:

    I haven’t read this series but I enjoyed the interview. I could ask several questions but I guess I’ll ask; if you have Twain and King at a table together, what do you hope they’re discussing? I think I would love to hear Twain’s humorous take on some of King’s stories. Say, Christine.

  22. Paige Gonzalez says:

    Sadly, I have not read any of Victoria Alexander’s books before. I do love a series that introduces many characters and each book leads you through many intertwined lives. Victoria mentioned in the interview that she enjoyed writing a wedding story and more weddings may be in the future. In writing the books How much work is done to prepare an outline for the book and is there a lot of research involved for the premise prior to writing or does the book just flow from your mind to the paper?

    • Hi Paige. Honestly, it varies from book to book. Some I know a lot about before I start and I have a fairly decent outline. Others kind of evolve, But it’s always an adventure. 🙂

  23. catslady says:

    I’ve not read this author as of yet but they do sound like something I would really enjoy. Lovely cover too!

  24. JoAnne says:

    Ms. Alexander has been on my TBR pile for awhile since I enjoy historical novels. I look forward to reading not only this series but her other books as well.
    Great interview.

  25. Carol L says:

    I’ve read a few of Victoria’s books and have LOVED them so I’m wondering how I missed the Millworth Manor series. 🙂 Not for long because it’s going on my TRL. Thanks for the interesting interview.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Thank you, Carol! I;m so glad you like my books. The Millworth Manor series started with What Happens at Christmas which wasn’t supposed to start a series. But there were so many fun characters, I couldn’t resist. 🙂

  26. Janie McGaugh says:

    I love that the whole family has a tendency to cause scandal. It makes for fun stories.

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