Tricia: Welcome, Victoria. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Victoria: Well, I just got engaged (December 8th, 2012!), and started writing my book the day after. I live in California currently, with my fiance and our two kitties. I work part time while I go to school to become an ASL interpreter, and Siren Snow is my first book. I'm originally from Texas (DFW). I think I miss my momma's sweet tea the most.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Victoria: Everyone says this, but I've always been a writer. It really picked up in middle school with horrible fan fiction, but I've learned a lot since then. I took a creative writing class in high school, and absolutely loved it. My teacher encouraged me to keep writing, and I took another course in college that I learned a lot from. Siren Snow is my very first “big” project.
Tricia: Can you tell us about Siren Snow?
Victoria: Siren Snow is the first in my (also first) book series, entitled 'The Redhaven Saga'. The series follows Lucilla Sinclair, who's the Witch-Warden for Washington state. This first book is, well, her first big 'case', you could say. (A lot of firsts with this Siren Snow). Long story short, it involves a Siren, shadow spawn, and a pretty demon.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Victoria: The idea for this book stewed for at least two years, after reading a lot of Jim Butcher and Laurell K. Hamilton. It was a story I wanted to read, but it didn't exist yet, so I wrote it. I am TOTALLY in love with urban fantasy, and the 'modern-magic'-ness of it all.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your novel?
Victoria: Just writing it. I am notoriously easy to distract, and having the internet just a click away did not do me any favors. There's so many other things you need to do when writing a book besides the actual writing, and I found myself doing those things too much. I'm a procrastinator, too.
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Victoria: I'm actually rather fond of the demon character in this first book. He has a name, of course, but it's not revealed until book 2. (Currently in progress!) He's actually a very old original character of mine that was adapted to fit into the Redhaven-verse. I think he sits nicely there. His original incarnation is still probably one of my most favorite characters ever. (Of my own creation, anyway.)
Tricia: Which character was the most difficult for you to write? Which character was the easiest?
Victoria: I struggled with Mishal. He's naturally stoic and quiet, and hides a lot of himself, so it was hard for me to find his voice. Lucy was the easiest – she's basically my snarkyness personified. Well, partially, anyway. She writes herself.
Tricia: What is your vision for the Redhaven Saga as a whole?
Victoria: Well, without giving away too much, the finale is going to be so much fun. We're only getting tiny hints of it in the first book, but the last one should (I hope) tie everything up with a punch.
Tricia: What songs/artists are on the playlist for your book?
Victoria: Well, I'm the kind of writer who can't, in most cases, write to music with words in it (I always want to sing along), so I listened to a lot of Two Steps From Hell and The Moon & the Nightspirit. The Assassin's Creed soundtrack was also popular on my Spotify playlists. If Redhaven had a theme song, it'd be The Secret Path by The Moon & the Nightspirit. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2uUYAaXkEk) I listened to it on repeat for at least the first 7 chapters. (I know, I know... it really got stuck.)
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Victoria: If you're thinking about writing a book, do it. Don't wait, don't “flesh it out” anymore, just start writing. It'll write itself. I can't tell you how much I regret not writing my book sooner. Just write. Just. Write.
If you've already written your book, good! Keep writing. Don't stop at just the one or two. Write forever. Write like you mean it.
Siren Snow is now available on Kindle. I highly recommend it! You can read the entire first chapter right here on Authors to Watch!