About Victoria LK Williams:
Cozy Mysteries with a Tropical Twist
Victoria writes the cozy mystery series Citrus Beach Mysteries. The series is filled with small-town feeling and her character, Barney adds sweet humor. Romance is heating up in the tropics, too.
She also has a "clean Chic Lit" series (Sister Station), and a new paranormal cozy mystery series (Storm Voices). Currently, she is working on a new cozy mystery series (Mrs. Avery's Adventures)
Victoria can often be found writing from her south Florida home, looking into her garden, watching the birds and squirrels fight over their next meal, while she writes. Her two cats, Miss Marple and Fletch, often join her at the desk and each has their assigned spot. Victoria's not sure they are there to supervise her writing or watch the birds.
Victoria and her husband of 35 years share a love of gardening, and together they have written a gardening handbook for Florida gardeners.
With her son away at college, the house gets quiet, but that gives Victoria plenty of time to dream up the next story.
Until then, you can read any of her current titles in the Citrus Beach Mystery series, Sister Station series and Storm Voices series. And watch for the release of the Mrs. Avery's Adventures series.
What inspires you to write?
Questions. There are so many possible answers to the day to day questions we face, and each answer leads to another. Give the questions a twist of mystery and I'm working on the next idea. I'm also inspired by what I see around me. The common sights and sounds we don't notice can provide the spark of idea when we do notice them.
Tell us about your writing process.
I often get my ideas from a dream. I'll write down as much as I can remember and let it stew for a bit. Then I'll start asking questions. I use the program Scrapple and mindmap, tossing ideas out. I also develope my character outlines at this point. I love to "cast" my characters; finding pictures online of people that could represent my developed characters. Once I have a more developed idea, I go to Scrivenerr and outline. It's not a tight outline, I like to allow for the story to take it's own side roads as I write. Now the writing starts. I dictate most of the rough draft, using my lunch and down time to get in what I can. There is nothing better than sitting at a park along the river while you create your story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I can't say that I talk to my characters, but I do listen. More than once, I've been taken in a different direction than planned, or something additional works it's way into the story from a comment or action of the character.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't be in a hurry. My first book was riddled with mistakes because I was so excited to hit that publish button. Today I write the rough draft and then put it aside for a month or so before I start editing. Then it goes to a real editor, then a proofreader, then a beta-reader. There is nothing worse that a bad review about grammer, or having to go back and fix an book already published.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I can't even say where I heard about selfpublishing, but it seemed like a great solution for me. I own a gardening business, and it gets pretty crazy at times. I knew dead lines were something I could never commit to at this time. With self-publishing I control what and when things happen.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't think print books will ever leave us. But the way the reader gets them has. Ebooks will continue to grow and the content seems to be getting better as the competion becomes more professional. Audio books are the future. Think about it-an aging society, readers on the go and more audio books are becoming available. Hopefully as they become more main-stay the cost of production will lesson too.
What do you use?: Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Cozy Mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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