Today we have the wonderful Victoria Danann, author of the paranormal romance My Familiar Stranger (click for my review). I’ve asked her some probing questions, and she didn’t hold anything back. So take a look at the interview below to get some insight on the mind behind the book. Victoria was kind enough to also provide a copy of her book to one lucky winner. So make sure to check out the giveaway below for a chance to win the ebook of My Familiar Stranger (click to purchase).
Victoria: I like to think of myself as self-aware, but I don’t have an answer for that one. Little scenarios have been popping into my head since preschool. No idea from whence it comes.
Victoria: This is SUCH a great question. I would have to choose a very minor character names Farnsworth who is in charge of Operations at Jefferson Unit. She is in a position to know everything there is to know about everybody and could give me an earful if she could be persuaded to talk. (She seems like a red wine girl to me.) I imagine that Farnsworth is a fish eater. I see her ordering something like sea bass and a salad with an arugula base which may blow the red wine theory. I have wondered if there might be potential romantic interest between Farnsworth and Sol Nemamiah, but I have no confirmation of that.
Victoria: That’s an easy one. The biggest and only obstacle is time. Time and I are locked in a perpetual battle for supremacy. Oh, and by the way, it is a battle to the death.
Victoria: 1.) I play Classic Rock music around Houston, mostly in biker bars although we did get to play Warrior Dash which was 35,000 people and a very wild time. I’m the utility player: keys, rhythm guitar, vocals. 2.) In one of the chapters of this lifetime I was an evening wear designer and was copied by the very best. 3.) I spent just under five years as a practicing metaphysician or, as one friend loves to say, a ghostbuster.
Victoria: Love Bites, Def Leppard. Be sure to ask me that question when we talk about the next book in the series because there is a theme song that figures prominently in the book.
Victoria: I suppose I’d be a Teutonic fertility goddess. First, immortality would solve my biggest problem which is limited time. Second, since the world is basically overpopulated, my services would rarely be needed which would leave me free to do whatever I wanted. And, as an irresistible fertility goddess, I’m sure you could guess what that might be.
Victoria: My life is already complicated enough without rituals. Quirks? I do have to have the seam of my paper coffee cup lined up with the seam of the sleeve. Does that count?
Victoria: Every character represents the author’s experience. In my case, characters are usually an amalgamation of bits of myself, people I have known, characters I have read or seen in media, and sometimes strangers that are observable by eyes and/or ears. One of the ways I make my characters larger than life is by combining some of the most interesting things about several people I’ve encountered into one personality and, bam, you’ve got somebody who isn’t easy to ignore.
Victoria: I suppose everything I read leaves a footprint on my perspective, but, if I pick a single book to call influential, it may have been The Arabian Nightswhich I first read when I was about ten and again many times thereafter. Given what Middle Eastern culture has become during the centuries since the tribal nomads took over, it’s hard to reconcile that the template for my strong and resourceful heroines originated in those stories, but they did. That, combined with the fantasy aspects, gave my imagination wings because the world described was so completely alien it freed me from a requirement to place any sort of boundaries on story.
Victoria: The second book, The Witch’s Dream, is finished and will be released October 14th. The book trailer, also complete, will be released September 1st. The third book, entitled The Summoner’s Tale, is planned to release February 14, 2013. Right now I’m thinking there will be seven books in this series, but that could be plus or minus. The characters will let me know.
Victoria: Thank you, Jennifer. Bloggers are heroes to indie authors because you provide the exposure for our books and the connection to readers we might not have otherwise. It’s a marvelous service to both and I appreciate the work you do to promote this genre.