Jen: Today we welcome Victoria Roberts as her blog tour makes a stop with Romancing the Book. Victoria, will you share a short bio with us?
Victoria: Victoria Roberts writes sexy, award-winning Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt-wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania.
It’s been three years since Lady Elizabeth Walsingham ended her childish crush on Laird Ian Munro, the fierce Highlander who scared everyone but her. She’s a grown woman now, heading to London to find a proper English gentleman. But when the wild Highland laird walks through the door, she’s that breathless youth all over again.
Ian tries hard to avoid the young lass who’s confounded him for years. But now that they’re attending court, he must keep watch on her night and day. Danger is at every turn and advisors to the Crown are being murdered. Ian soon realizes the girl he’s been protecting is a beautiful lady who needs his help, almost as much as he needs her.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Victoria: When I was sixteen, my mom bought me a typewriter for school. I sat down and let my imagination run wild. Without ever having read a single romance, I wrote my first YA novella about a 22-year-old motorcycle hero. The story was only for my pleasure, but I remember being so absorbed in the writing process. I never forgot that feeling of creation, bringing an idea to life, and that’s something that I carried with me throughout the years.
My call story was something else. My agent contacted me and told me that Sourcebooks didn’t want just the first book—they wanted the entire Bad Boys of the Highland series. Considering I pitched to only one publisher and got offered a series deal out of the gate, I was thrilled. But no one knew that because NO ONE was home. What were the odds? I screamed, did a happy dance, and then swore like a truck driver because I couldn’t share it with anyone. This life changing event would’ve been tons better if my husband and kids were home at the time.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Victoria: At this stage in my career, I still find myself yearning to write Scottish tales. As long as ideas keep coming, I don’t want to ruin a good thing and change direction. But if I did try something else, it would be Scottish related i.e. paranormal Highlanders. I love Highland heroes. As far as any genre I’d stay away from, I wouldn’t write what I don’t like to read. Erotica is not my cup of tea, no offense to Mr. Grey. Writers have to pen what they’re passionate about. That’s what makes a good story.
Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Victoria: I wouldn’t mind traveling back in time to 16th or 17th century Scotland, but I wouldn’t want to stay longer than a week. My husband will tell you that I’m a terrible camper. I couldn’t live without running water and toilets. Call me spoiled, but I love my amenities. If I did travel back in time, I’d have to take a toothbrush, toilet paper, and bottled water.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of your career up to this point?
Victoria: I’d have to say the highlight of my career thus far has been signing with Nora Roberts a few times. My son always accompanies me (kilted up) and chats up Nora’s assistants. He’s a bigger hit than me! But nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing that proud look on his face when he looks at his mom signing books.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract, or release?
Victoria: For my first book contract, my family took me out to a nice Italian restaurant to celebrate. For subsequent books, I don’t celebrate a new release because there’s too much work to be done. But I have made a habit of treating myself to a massage as soon as I finish a project.