Interview with Victoria Harris

What do you read for pleasure?
Romance stories, mysteries, life drama stories...however I do prefer stories with good endings..lol...
Describe your desk
Oh Lord! ..lol..ah, well, it's a desk full of scraps of paper because when I get an idea for one of my stories, I immediately write it down on just about anything, to not lose the moment, the feeling ... but I write my stories from the heart, so, one way or the other, it really doesn't matter, because as long as the feeling and passion comes across to my readers, I'm happy!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mainly in New York City, but I've lived in so many places, here in the U.S. and abroad! I love to travel, to see this beautiful earth and enjoy life, ..growing up in N.Y., and abroad as well, was the most marvelous thing, because I was exposed to so many different people , beliefs, lifestyles, ..you name it! I love New York, the best place on earth, you can do ANYTHING at 4 A.M....close to Paris , I'd say... how has it influenced my writing? Well, that's hard to answer in reality, because, it's to hard to actually specify exactly HOW it all influenced me, other than to say, that being exposed to so many diff. people and beliefs, and having parents that were very open minded and taught me to respect others for their beliefs, I think it expanded my soul and mind to let my imagination really soar, to fly "over the rainbow" so to speak, and daydream constantly about romance, love, and the freedom to be yourself, your true self!
When did you first start writing?
As a teenager, probably the best time, because your imagination is through the roof! lol
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I did have two parts to an ongoing story here, it was a supernatural vampire romance story, but due to an illness that overtook me for quite some time, I was unable to continue writing, and apparently they took down my stories,......so, I will attempt to republish them, if not, no problem, I have plenty of others, and plenty of imagination about romance and passion, not porn, no, I mean true romance ..... without romance, life is to boring, romance, bring your spirit and heart alive!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Friends...lol....well, basically, I had all these stories on pads and notebooks for years, and it was really due to the "encouragement" of friends that I decided to do this, to venture out and share my stories with others ..... I also think that the indie author idea is absolutely brilliant, and encourage others as well, to reach under the bed, or up in the closet, dust off those old books that they wrote their stories in, and hopefully, publish them here, themselves! It really does gives ones spirit a life, being able to share what's in your heart and soul with other people of like mind!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, so far, as I stated earlier in one of the previous questions, I DID have two parts here, of a continuing saga of a supernatural vampire romance story, not this corny type that's out today, but a really deep love between a mortal and vampire, and the struggles they were facing, and HAD already dealt with in their childhoods, it was an ongoing saga, but apparently they took them down since I was unable to finish due to illness ...... so, I will try to republish them, if not, I shall publish other romance stories, however the word success is very personal, Smashwords contributed to my HEARTS success, because it was a place to self publish my stories, whether anyone bought them or not was not really my goal, it was really to pour out my heart, soul, daydreaming mind, about love and romance, in which case, Smashwords has definately contibuted to my overall well being. ....
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to let out what's inside me!
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, again, I certainly would appreciate anyone who liked what I wrote, I mean, that certainly lifts your spirits..... and I'd be glad they let their spirits soar for just a brief time into another world, a world of perhaps, "unusual" romance and passion...
What are you working on next?
Not sure yet,...I am going to try to republish the stories I already had on here......if not, I have many more romance stories in store...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend my time walking on the beach behind our house, or reading, spending family time with my sons and husband, or baking cakes with lots and lots of frosting!!!! lol :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
OH gosh, mainly here,....or other online book self publishing sites...and friends with suggestions...
What is your writing process?
OH yes! lol .....and as a teenager, I have to sort of laugh about it now, I was so young and inexperienced, but it was still a wonderful story .....
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family! The fact that I'm still alive! To be able to see the sun, the ocean, the stars at night, and the beautiful moon ...... yeah, a true romantic, I know......and I love it!
Published 2018-01-05.
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