Interview: Victoria James

Jen:  Today we welcome Victoria James to Romancing the Book.  Victoria, will you share a short bio with us?
Victoria:  Here’s the official blurb from my website.

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you’ve ever seen my drawings you’ll know how horrible they must have been.  I still draw stick figures).  Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance.  After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business.

After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.  I’m a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for my characters in between managing kids and the family business.  Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I’m quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

I’d love to hear from you!  Always feel free to connect with me via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

Jen: Please tell us about your newest release.
Victoria: The Rebel’s Return, the fourth book in the Red River series, released on August 22.  The hero and heroine in this book both called out to me…I do love the classic bad boy/good girl setup and I think it’s always so hilarious when there’s a bit of a culture clash as well. I had a blast writing about Natalia’s overprotective but well-meaning Italian family. I come from the same type of family so this wasn’t a stretch for me to write about-and it was easy for me to identify with her. Aiden comes from a very different family and I love redemption stories and wounded heroes-which he definitely is. Trying to get these two to sort out their differences was challenging but I loved spending time with them and fell in love with them along the way…

Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Victoria: This would have to be when my husband and I were dating and were apart for the summer in different parts of the country…we spontaneously decided to meet up in Quebec city for the weekend and stayed at a beautiful old inn in the heart of the Old Quebec.

Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Victoria: French Vanilla

Jen: Favorite sport to watch?
Victoria: Baseball

Jen: Favorite gift received from a fan?
Victoria: A picture of them reading my book

Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Victoria: Salty snacks!

Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Victoria: I REALLY try to keep a neat space and will only let it get really messy if I’m on deadline with revisions and a book…

Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
Victoria: Finding Dory

Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Victoria: The Ingalls…lol.

Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Victoria: Emotional

Jen: Do you have a mentor?
Victoria: No

Jen: Camping or hotel?
Victoria: HOTEL HOTEL HOTEL

Jen: iPhone or android?
Victoria: iPhone

Jen: What’s next for you?
Victoria: I have a Christmas book coming out with Entangled’s Bliss line! It’s set in Montana…which I think is the perfect place for a holiday romance! It’s a deeply emotional read and it features brand new characters and the new fictional town of Shadow Creek…