1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Although I have always loved reading, I never wrote anything until I got laid off from my job five years ago. I was forty-four at the time and remained unemployed for nine months during which time I completed my first novel (The HIGHEST STAKES written as Emery Lee). I was fortunate to receive an offer on my manuscript from Sourcebooks and the novel was published in April 2010.
On a personal note, I am married to the love of my life for thirty-one years, have two wonderful sons, a little dog with a big attitude , and an Arabian horse .
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Besides reading (when I have time), I walk my dog and ride my horse. I have always loved horses and have owned them a good part of my life. I have trained and shown them and taught all of my family to ride. I also enjoy playing the Celtic harp.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I do most of my writing late at night as that's when my creative brain is most active. My ideas almost always come to me when I am in bed, drifting in the twilight zone, so I frequently get up in the middle of the night to work on a story. I wish I had more control over my creativity but it rules me instead!
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Heaven only knows! Ideas just come to me out of the blue but my characters are often influenced by real people.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I honestly love them all because every story and every character is a part of me. My favorite characters however are Ludovic "the Devil" DeVere and Vesta Chambers. A lot of readers hated Vesta but I loved her naughtiness!
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I look very normal on the outside but have a lot of peculiar quirks. I am VERY much a creature of habit and routine. I am also very territorial and a control freak. I hate people messing with my stuff! Needless to say, I have never played well with others! LOL!
7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
My historical are almost purely imagination, but my new contemporary stories are very much influenced by personal experiences – good and bad. I can particularly relate to Nikki Powell who is the heroine of Smooth Talker (title subject to change) the first book in my forthcoming contemporary cowboy romance series for Sourcebooks.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don't know his name but he sure has a face! https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/photos/1326302979p8/411822.jpg
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I have countless stories in my head and they are all different! When I began writing I thought I was strictly a historical fiction author (my first love). I was not comfortable at ALL with writing love scenes, but now only a few years later, many readers have nicknamed me " the mistress of sensuality"! Who knew! LOL!
I then realized that I could write romance but still believed I only had a voice for writing historicals. I have since busted that self-myth as well since I have recently hit my stride with contemporary romance. I have now sworn never to let myself be boxed in at all. I will write whatever my muse inspires me to write.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I have many favorite historical authors because that is my favorite sub-genre. Pamela Clare, Diana Gabaldon, Robin Schone, and Charlotte Featherstone are just a few names that come immediately to mind, but I have also recently enjoyed contemporary romances by Ruthie Knox and Emma Chase.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I like the bad ones best. LOL! I already mentioned DeVere and Vesta, but I also absolutely LOVED my villains Barbara Blanchard and Frederick Barnesley from Treacherous Temptations. They were so truly and deeply wicked!
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Dealing with criticism when it isn't constructive. We are very sensitive creatures.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
If you wish to succeed, be prepared to work your butt off! The writing, unfortunately is less than half of the work. You also have to face a lot of rejection so you must be tenacious as hell.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would still be working in advanced diagnostic medical imaging. It was the career I gave up to write full time and have never looked back!
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I think one of those luxury bungalows in Tahiti would be awesome. This one would do nicely! http://thecarefreetraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/tahiti-overwater-bungalo.jpg
My latest release is a steamy retelling E.M. Hull's THE SHEIK, a classic bodice-ripper published in 1919 that was the "Fifty Shades" of its time.
THE SHEIK RETOLD by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull
The Desert Was Never Hotter!
A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground… A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own…When pride and passion vie for supremacy... Blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights…
My eyes tracked upward to rest on his sun-bronzed and lightly bearded face. Harsh and angular in the lamplight, it was at once the handsomest and cruelest face I had ever seen. He regarded me fiercely with scornful eyes. Those eyes! I had seen them before.
I gasped. It was him! The man from the party who had eyed me with such insolence. Even now he gazed at me as no other man had ever dared to—in a way that made me feel like a slave exposed for sale in a public market.
"Who are you?" I asked hoarsely, speaking in French without thinking.
He replied in French as well. "I am the Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan."
The name conveyed nothing. "Is it money that you want? Are you holding me for ransom?"
He regarded me for a long and silent moment with an expression of contempt. "I have no need of your money."
"What then?" I demanded, but deep down I already knew it was not a question of ransom. The way he looked at me was far too revealing and made my stomach churn. "Do you think that you can keep me here, you fool?" I lashed out in growing panic. "Do you suppose I can vanish into the desert and that no notice will be taken of my disappearance? That no inquiries will be made?"
"There will be no inquiries," he answered me calmly.
"There will be inquiries." I choked out. "I am not such a nonentity that nothing will be done when I am missed. The English authorities will make the French Government find out who is responsible. You will pay for what you have done."
"Pay?" His amused look sent a cold feeling of dread through me. "I have already paid… in gold that matches your hair, my gazelle. Besides," he continued, "the French have no jurisdiction over me. There is no authority above my own."
My trepidation was growing more terrible by the minute. "Why did you do this? Why have you brought me here?"
"Why?" He repeated with a slow and heated appraisal that made me acutely, almost painfully, conscious of my sex. "Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?"
Pride and passion vie for supremacy in this steamy retelling of E.M. Hull's romance classic.
Victoria Vane is an award-winning romance novelist, cowboy addict and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.
Look for Victoria's Contemporary Cowboy Series coming summer 2014 from Sourcebooks
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