Paperback Writer welcomes author Victoria Wells, author of the multicultural romance novel, A Special Summer. Victoria joins us a part of her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion and shares with us how she creates her character and her favorite part of the book.
About the Book:
As days, weeks, and months fade into the future, Summer is forced to push thoughts of loving Nick far from her heart and her mind. Thoughts that may possibly threaten to expose the secret she’s hiding.
Out of the blue Nick resurfaces with intentions of reclaiming Summer as his woman. That is…until he is confronted with a betrayal that is so insurmountable he finds himself in a blind rage, hell-bent on revenge.
Will Summer’s need to protect her secret destroy any hope she has of being in the arms of the only man she’s ever loved? Is Nick willing to forgive Summer for her acts of betrayal and deceit? Will this once passion filled love survive such treachery?
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
Having read so many romance novels I would often wonder, “What would have happened if he did this or she did that?” I forever wanted to rewrite someone else’s story. One day I thought to myself, what would happen if a younger inexperienced woman met an older man? Although this has been a common storyline in romance, I wanted to turn its simplicity into something that would really grab the reader’s attention.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
Generally, I get an idea for a story and then I take it from there. As I write the story unfolds.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
I sure do. Because as I’m thinking about the story I know how I want it to begin and to end. I just have to figure out what happens in between.
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
Yes, I think about what role each character is going play. For instance if I need a character to have a strong, bold personality I think about all the people I know with similar personalities. I usually take traits from a few of these individuals to develop the character.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Yes. Most of the female characters are independent, financially self sufficient and educated in the health profession.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
I would have to say my favorite of the book is when the heroine, Summer Jackson finally gets enough and let loose on the hero.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
Originally my book was self-published. I didn’t get serious about looking for a publisher until receiving overwhelming positive feedback from readers.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
I would have to say I’ve been really blessed. I submitted my manuscript to three publishing companies. Two were interested and the other acknowledged that my story had enjoyable aspects to it however it didn’t meet their needs as the time. I was also encouraged to send them any other manuscripts I was working on.
What has been the best part about being published?
Being a published author with a publishing house vs. being self-published has certainly given me credibility as an author.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
At some point in their lives they may make choices or experience situations where they may need to be forgiven or redeemed. And perhaps if they don’t find themselves in either position to be compassionate and non-judgmental of someone who may be.
Do you have plans to write another book?
Yes, I’m currently in the process of writing my next novel.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
So far it’s been a pleasure experience. Dorothy has been wonderful with helping me navigate my virtual book tour.
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
On amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, borders.com and book stores everywhere.
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Thank you, [Victoria Wells] for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.
A SPECIAL SUMMER VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on June 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Victoria’s tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in June. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy of her book! One lucky winner will be announced on June 30!