A Guy and A Girl. Welcome Victoria!
The New Adult genre is relatively new. When did you start writing A Guy and A Girl?
I started this book when my daughter was 7. She's now 27. But that doesn’t mean it took me 20 yrs to write it. Life got in the way. I put the finished story away, wrote a bunch of other things, and suddenly it was time to get back to this one.
Are you a full time writer? If not, what fills your day?
That's a yes, but not in the way you mean it. Do I do this professionally as a living? No because I'd starve to death. Sales have not been spectacular. I'm writing in a genre that's select and is only beginning to be known. A lot of people think New Adult means – new erotic. But NA just means more grown up YA. SO there are growing pains. But that aside, plot ideas, scene changes etc are always going through my head whether it's 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning.
I write New Adult (my characters are 18 and 20 years old) and I constantly tell people that the romance level is SWEET in my MATURE Young Adult or New Adult novel. Yes, it is tricky!What fills my day? Well today I made a strawberry jelly roll, with fresh picked strawberries – yum – but --- you knew there'd be a but—I dropped the whole thing upside down on the kitchen floor! What a mess. So what fills up my day? Life.
YIKES! I may have considered the 5 Second Rule---I love fresh strawberry anything!
Are your characters or plots based on anyone or experiences in real life? Or are they completely fictitious?
My characters in this book aren't based on anybody, but they are compilations of students I taught. In my first book, Dancing in Circles, Robert was based on the boy who sat in front of me in English class.
Love it! I taught elementary students for 7 years before I had my own children and then have been teaching preschool ever since. I still remember many of my past students and use their names for characters in my books:)
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Hunter. He has the most to lose if he messes up this relationship. Chelsea is determined to make him love her despite his stubbornness and all the difficulties I threw at them.
What are your feelings about sequels? Is this a possibility for your novel?
My first book, Dancing in Circles, turned in a sequel and then a trilogy! But I dubt this book will. And as to writing a 5 or 6 book series, I have no idea how those authors do it.
Who is your favorite author? Favorite genre?
My favourite author is Agatha Christie. My favourite genre is mystery – particularly old English mysteries. I love the feel of the stories and the settings and even though I own every one of her books and have read them a dozen times, I still love to settle down with one on a cold Sunday, next to my wood stove with a hot chocolate and get lost in a more simpler time.
When you pick up a book at the store or library, what makes you select it? What makes you put it down?
Embarrassed to say - I haven't browsed in a bookstore in so long. My mother, a retired librarian, would be horrified at that answer.
With the popularity of e-books I should adapt that question:)
What is the last book you read or are currently reading?
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb – FABULOUS. Terrifying, but fabulous. I'd recommend this to anyone and everyone. Should be required reading.
Fast & Furious questions: Ready? GO!
Favorite Ice Cream? Chocolate
Favorite Movie? The Bird Cage
Favorite Princess? Me
Favorite tv show when you were a kid? Flipper
Food you can’t stand? Liver and Onions
What annoys you? Stupidity
Jeans or Sweatpants? Jeans
The day is not complete without… Love
One Word that best describes yourself…Unique
FLIPPER!!! Loved that show:)
Thanks, Victoria for the interview!
Check out the blurb on A Guy and A Girl
After an ugly past forced Hunter Connolly to escape to Europe, the talented hockey player is back in North America and determined to land a position with a professional team. But he can’t hide from his past forever, especially when his beautiful classmate, Chelsea, forces him to reexamine his life. Soon, hockey is not his first priority anymore.
Chelsea Henderson is a bright co-ed working towards her dream of being a professional dancer. She forms a unique friendship with one of her father’s newest recruits and would love nothing more than to take it to the next level. However, there’s just one small problem. He doesn’t know she’s his coach’s daughter.
Amid the deceptions, danger lurks closer than they could ever imagine. Will fate contrive to rip the young lovers apart? Or will Hunter and Chelsea have their shot at love?
And now...enjoy an excerpt from A Guy and A Girl
"Good, now that everyone is here, welcome. Today is a get-to-know-each-other day. I don't like impersonal classes where no one knows each other. I feel a class should be like a team. Since you'll be criticizing and analyzing each other's works, you should get to know one another. Let's go around the table, starting with you." He pointed at Chelsea who sat directly in front of him. "Name. Major."
"Uh...I...uh...I hate going first." A flush trickled up the side of her neck.
Out of the side of his mouth, Hunter whispered, "Better you than me."
She glanced at him. "That was supportive."
Hunter's heart skipped a beat.
"My name's Chelsea, and I'm taking this and a Composition and Repertory class."
"I speak for all of us when I say - a what?" Hunter looked at her sideways.
"A dance credit."
"Do you wish to be a dancer?" The professor folded his hands and placed them on the table. Chelsea blushed and nodded. He pointed to the person on Chelsea's right.
"My name is Steven Francis, and I'm pre-med."
Hunter listened as several other students listed themselves as pre-med, pre-law, business administration and economics. He shook his head. I'm so in the wrong place. But with Chelsea being here, this class could be liveable. At last it was his turn. "Hunter Taylor, and I don't have a declared major."
"What do you do?"
"I play hockey. I'm trying out for the Vipers."
The other five girls sat up taller, fixed their hair and smiled.
"At least our two dreamers are sitting next to each other." A smirk spread across the face of the pre-law student.
Hunter glanced at the table then back at the pre-law student. "You don't dream about becoming a lawyer? You don't dream about pleading a major case in front of the Supreme Court?"
The classmate refused to make eye contact with Hunter.
"Everyone has dreams." Hunter jerked his thumb towards Chelsea. "Chelsea's and mine may not be academic ones, but they're just as hard to achieve as yours are. Don't put me down 'cause I want to be a hockey player. I may have to hire you to represent me when I negotiate my deal."
"An interesting mix of students." The professor scanned the group with eyes lit up with humour. "A dancer, a few lawyers, doctors, business people and a hockey player who can defend himself against a lawyer."
"I play offence. We're the aggressive ones."
Here’s how you can contact Victoria
Blog – Victoria's Pages of Romance – http://victoriaadams.blogspot.com
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Facebook - Circles Trilogy Page - http://www.facebook.com/CirclesTrilogy?ref=hl
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Plus – Triberr, Amazon Author, LinkedIn, SocialOmph, Goodreads etc
A Guy and a Girl – exclusively at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2GRD1U
Thanks again, Victoria for joining me here today!