So, I might be sunning myself on a beach in cyprus but that doesn't mean I falter in my commitments. Today I have the pleasure of hosting a guest post for a tour and I absolutely love it. Hearing about someone elses writing journey is always inspiring for me and I hope it's as inspiring for you too.
Sarah, Lady Strathford is ready for a little harmless frivolity with a man of her own age and her own appetites…surely that’s not too much to ask! After the death of her beloved husband years before Sarah is ready for an adventure… Enter the dashing, roguish – and baffling – Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill.
Ravenhill, however, is not the gentleman he seems, and soon Sarah finds herself battling against the corrupt and harsh world around her as it threatens to destroy all she holds dear. The question is, will her seduction at the hands of Mr. Ravenhill prove to be her saviour or her downfall?
MY WRITING JOURNEY:
Some people decide early on the genre in which they want to write. My journey has not been as straight forward. I am a lifelong writer. Several of my jobs required strong writing skills. A number of years ago I took a class on script analysis at the UCLA film school. At the time we were living in Los Angeles and I was thinking of working from home doing free lance work. That changed when we were transferred to Texas.
There I sang in the Houston Grand Opera, wrote short stories and lyrics for songs. Additionally, to improve my delivery and interpretation of the Bard’s words for a role I was playing, I took a college Shakespeare class. Instead, the professor had us write complex analyses of Shakespeare’s plays. It was a tough class. But when I finished, I realized I wanted to write my own stories. Weird. And what’s more, I came out of that class with the confidence to give it a try.
When we moved to New England I took a class in TV writing and wrote a TV episode. Reading and writing go quite well with snowy winters. I took a few more on-line classes and started writing longer stories. They were in the genres of suspense, paranormal, fantasy and Sci-Fi. All of them had elements of romance.
Then I wrote a novel about a contractor and one of the beautiful old mansions we have around here. As the contractor was trying to refurbish the mansion, the ghosts kept getting in his way. By the time I got to the end of the story, I realized it wasn’t the end. The ghosts were far more interesting than the contemporary characters. After doing some research, I wrote about the ghosts when they were alive 150 years before.
It was then that I realized my writing voice fit historical better than the other genres I’d been writing in, and my stories always seemed to contain elements of romance. When a flyer for a Romance Writers of America convention arrived in the mail, I decided to go and pitch my novel. I got three requests. I entered several chapters from my novel in a contest and it became a finalist.
That was about forty rejections ago.
When I finally decided to write straight romance I gravitated to historical romance, partly because I’ve read hundreds and partly because I love the research. It’s been an adventure and gives me as much pleasure as the writing. I started several more stories and eventually wrote The Trouble With Misbehaving. Out of it came The Trouble With Seduction.
Award winning, historical romance author, VICTORIA HANLEN, has worked at a wide range of jobs, from fashion, to corporate business, to treading the boards of stage and professional opera. A lifelong writer, she once put her skills to use in PR and advertising. But her favourite form of writing is stories with happily-ever-afters.
Additionally, she likes to bake (especially pies), paint (especially barns with cows), and take photographs (especially of sunsets and critters) Victoria and her husband live in rural New England surrounded by a host of wildlife.