Next in our Interview series, a new to us author: Victoria Hanlen, who has a new Historical Romance available with the next one coming in April. Please leave any questions or comments below. Thank you for reading!
Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. Can you begin by introducing yourself, please?
My name is Victoria Hanlen and I write historical romance. I and am a debut author with Carina UK. My first book, The Trouble With Misbehaving, will be released February 15, 2016. My second, the Trouble With Seduction, is due to be released April 11, 2016.
What made you decide to start writing?
I have written all my life. I enjoy poetry and the sound of the spoken word. Several of my jobs required strong writing skills. For fun I’d take writing classes whenever I got the chance.
How do you find your inspiration or where do you get your story ideas?
I get story ideas anywhere and everywhere. I’ve found its important to stay open to new experiences. The ideas usually hit me when I least expect it. For the Trouble With Misbehaving, I was touring Marble House, in Newport Rhode, Island. The story of Alva and Consuelo Vanderbilt really hit me.
Do you have a character that has been your favorite to write about?
C.C. Collins is a very strong heroine. She was actually a villain in a previous book. Her father was one of the wealthiest men in New York City. When she became embroiled in a scandal, they shipped off to her family in London. There she has to reinvent herself and forge her own path. And she makes some pretty courageous decisions.
Is there another genre that you would like to try?
I have considered straight historical with elements of romance. I’ve taken a run at SciFi, Fantasy and Contemporary Romance and wrote a TV episode that is also gathering dust under the bed.
Describe your writing space
My writing space is a spare bedroom in our house. It is horribly cluttered. The walls are covered with maps and pictures, a few masks and movie posters. I have file boxes, yet piles of files clutter every surface. Every now and then I go through and try to condense, but it is a losing battle.
Do you write to music?
No, I do not write to music. I was a professional musician for many years. If I have music on, my mind goes straight to the music, and I can’t concentrate on writing. As an author, ear worms are a major occupational hazard for me.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I love reading non-fiction books on history. I also go to a lot of museums and try to travel to see new things. I think it’s important to keep a full creative well. I also exercise and love to cook. I’m one of those who walks on the treadmill and watches the cooking channel.
If you could be any paranormal being, what would you be and why?
If I were a paranormal being I would have at least eight arms and would be able to walk through walls. I would be able to call things to me so I wouldn’t have to go get them. I don’t know if there is a specific paranormal being with those powers but I could sure use them.
If you could pick the brain of one author, who would you like to have a discussion with & why?
Oh, there are so many I admire. If you only let me pick one, I’d like to have a long lunch with Anna Campbell. I really admire the emotion she instills into her characters and in her love scenes.
What is your next project?
Cory’s story is my next project. He is the brother of the hero in The Trouble With Seduction. I haven’t found the right word for his title yet. The title will be– The Trouble With (insert word here)
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you would like to say to readers or fellow authors?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog! xx I hope you enjoy Beau and C.C. and that they manage to entertain you with their misbehaving.
Check out The Trouble with Misbehaving
Love, Betrayal and Redemption
Calista ‘CC’ Collins is used to being the talk of the town. With her scandalous past she’s learnt the hard way that a woman needs to be strong to get what she wants in a man’s world. And what she wants is the infamous Captain Beauford Tollier—roguish son of an earl, notorious blockade-runner and all-round knave of the seas.
However, Captain Beau is not one to be cajoled—he is done with the dangerous sea life and ready to follow the life of the straight and narrow. But with many powerful forces circling around him, Beau doesn’t stand a chance…
PRAISE FOR THE TROUBLE WITH MISBEHAVING
‘This story has romance, action, bad and good men, surprises, and a lot more.’ – Cathy Geha (NetGalley)
‘this one didn’t disappoint’ – Avephoenix (Goodreads)
‘I’ve read hundreds of historical romances, yet rarely encounter such a wily heroine–one who was not only loyal and brave, but cunning and able to turn her own scandal into fortune…’ – Jamie Beck (Goodreads)
‘This story has adventure and will take you along for a wonderful ride if you let it.’ – Jennifer Perkins (Goodreads)
Where to Buy
Mills & Boon http://bit.ly/1RFeEUW
Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/1RFeM79
About the Author
A little about me: I was fortunate to have a father with a flair for storytelling and a mother who was a school teacher. Dad would tell us witty, entertaining stories about the farm he grew up on and the places he’d traveled. Mom made sure we learned our three R’s and encouraged the love of reading. As a kid I enjoyed the Nancy Drew Mysteries. In junior high we were assigned to readWuthering Heights. Ever since, I’ve been a big fan of historical romance.
I’ve written all my life and won my first writing contest in sixth grade. Later I worked in jobs that required strong writing skills. Along the way I sang in professional opera and performed in Shakespeare and regional theater. Eventually I started writing short-stories and then novel length. The cross-training in theater applied well to character motivation and scene development. I especially love improvisation and the concept of saying ‘yes’ to a crazy idea and building a scene on the spot. I also find it thrilling when my characters come alive and say or do something outrageous.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America and Connecticut Romance Writers. Currently, I live in rural New England.