Interview with Victoria J. Brown

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a child. I would fill exercise books with stories which my sister would read. I love writing, but as I became older, like many authors, my writing was a hobby and I wasn't encouraged to develop it into a career. I studied at university and gained a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing, then I worked in Marketing for over 15 years. However, the desire to write full-time never left me. In 2010, when my daughters were 4 and 2 years old, I went back to university to gain a MA in Creative Writing. I have since published 3 fiction books, 3 wedding books and 2 inspirational books, and I'm loving my writing career.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
While studying for my MA in Creative Writing, self-publishing was discouraged. I was extremely unsettled by this as I'm a big believer in following dreams. There is so much opportunity for indie authors to become just as popular as authors publishing the traditional way it seems the obvious route for me. I follow Joanna Penn (who runs the creative penn website) and Lindsay Buroker, they have great websites that encourage self-publishing, and I feel sites like theirs have definitely helped me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create a new world, dramas and characters. I love wondering how certain plots will unfold and the suspense of what my characters will do. Sometimes I want to take them down one route but they are pushing to go down another. I just love being wrapped up in a fictional drama.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. I couldn't do this without my readers. I reply to everyone who sends me an encouraging email. It's what keeps most writers motivated. There is no better feeling than knowing your readers are enjoying your story as much as you've enjoyed writing it.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are: Polly Williams, Marian Keyes, Rosamund Lupton and Adele Parks.
Have you ever won any writing competitions?
Yes. When I was studying for my MA I won a short story competition that was judged by Adele Parks. This was an amazing experience, and Adele was so lovely, she gave me a lot of advice regarding the writing industry.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life in general! I love life ... anyone struggling in this area should try and set themselves a goal. A focus. My daily inspirational books help in setting goals and reaching dreams.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family: my two gorgeous girls who are 9 and 7 years old. My very supportive hubby. And not fogetting our Dog, Daisy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the exact story I read, however, I loved reading when I was younger. My favourites were Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I remember wanting to be an author from a young age, I can't really remember wanting to be anything else. I spent so many years reading and writing when I was younger.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to write and publish their own work?
Just do it! So many people want to write a book, although the competition is vast, there are few who actually do it.
The best bit of advice I can give to anyone thinking about this route is to get your work edited. Editing is so important, especially if you want to be taken seriously.
Published 2016-06-16.
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