Victoria Paige lives in Richmond, Va with her husband. When she received an E-reader last year, her love for reading came roaring back and before she knew it, she must have read over 150 180 books in eight months! She had written a lot in high school (science fiction), but when she took off to college to pursue an Engineering degree, that had taken the backburner for a couple of years … well for decades, actually. Her reading addiction occurred at the most impeccable time. After burning out in the baking business, she had retreated to her books and that was when she discovered that there was yet another field to cultivate—that was to write her own book. She likes to believe her writing voice is unique and engaging and that smart mouth she had developed growing up with three older brothers has paid off when she writes her characters’ compelling and sometimes irreverent dialogue. She loves paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary and historical romances.
What inspires you to write?
Everyday events inspire me to write. I’ll look at the newspaper’s headlines and tell myself, hmm … there’s a story there. Sometimes I’ll look at an interesting person and wonder if he is a spy or just an ordinary person just like me. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, so it’s not difficult for me to dream up a plot.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to do sketches of the characters and locations. It is important for me to know what will happen in the beginning and how it will end. The difficult part is in plotting the middle. For my first book, Fire and Ice, I knew of a couple of scenes that needed to be there. But writing for me is organic, sometimes when I write a scene it doesn’t turn out as I have first imagined it to be. I’ll suddenly have an epiphany and my fingers wouldn’t stop typing because I’ve conjured up a better scene.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Always. I run through a dialogue imagining how my characters would interact complete with inflection in their voice. And I’ll have one of them tell me:”Really, you want me to say that. You really think a badass will say that?” And I’d say: “Sorry, scratch that.” 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it! I never thought I’d be a writer. But once I started, the words wouldn’t stop. So here I am. But have your manuscript professionally edited. Also consider having your book cover professionally done rather than do it yourself on photoshop.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I thought I’d dabble at self-publishing on Amazon first. I looked at other services but it did not give me much control as the Amazon interface did.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the trend is definitely ebooks. That’s how I started reading voraciously again, but I do know of some folks who still like the feel of a real book. I wouldn’t buy cookbooks as an ebook.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?