Author Interview: Victoria Walters
“I don’t think love is about letting go; it’s about treasuring it whilst you have it in your life.”
— Victoria Walters – The Second Love of My Life
Victoria Walters is the author of three novels, The Second Love of My Life, Summer at the Kindness Cafe and Coming Home to Glendale Hall. She was picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her debut novel was chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award.
I’ve just finished reading her wonderfully Christmassy novel, Coming Home to Glendale Hall and I was so happy when Vicky agreed to be interviewed for my blog!
What is the process when it comes to writing your novels? Is there a particular spot you prefer to write in? Do you have the stories planned out or do they change a lot as you write?
I don’t really have a fixed process. I usually write on my laptop at my desk at home, and I have to have music on. I usually write more in the mornings and can probably write a first draft in a month or so. I don’t plot the whole book but I know how I want it to end, it’s just a case of joining up the dots to get there!
Your latest novel is a gorgeous, festive read. What inspired you to write it?
Oh thank you so much! I love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of the year so I really wanted to set a book in the season and fill it with the things that I enjoy. I definitely wanted snow so that’s why it’s set in Scotland, and I wanted to focus on family and community, as well as romance of course, so I came up with the idea of a woman coming home for the first time in ten years.
Which authors inspire you – and what are your favourite books to read?
My favourite author is Jane Austen – I’m inspired by her characters and how I never tire of reading her stories. I would love one day for one of my books to be someone’s favourite, the way Pride and Prejudice is mine.
I also love Harry Potter, which you’ll spot in Coming Home to Glendale Hall and recently I’ve loved Daisy Jones and the Six, particularly the unusual format it’s written in – very clever. I read widely – I work part time in Waterstones so I’m always discovering new books, and I find reading different genres makes me a better writer.
Aside from writing, what are your favourite things to do?
Reading obviously! I do love shopping and going out for tea and cake with friends. Instagram is a big hobby, and I really enjoy cooking too.
If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go?
My favourite holiday destination so far has been New York, and I’d love to visit Copenhagen – I’m a bit obsessed with all things Hygge.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently editing my next book, New Beginnings at Glendale Hall, which is out in February, and then I need to start a new one – I’m currently thinking through ideas for that.
Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Just start writing! It’s scary and tough especially trying to get published but if it’s your dream then don’t let that stop you. Read widely and write what you would love to read.
Thank you so much to Vicky for agreeing to answer my questions!