Here are some fast facts about me and my work:
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia (when I say small I mean it: only 2500 people). My father worked for the military and is a big reader. My stepmother has a Master’s degree in English Literature, so she was very influential in shaping my creative side.
I think however that one of the reasons I started writing was because I sometimes found my small town life dull so I made up grand romances to get away from how mundane it all was.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
After a disastrous year and a half at university, I moved back with my parents because I was unsure what to do next. I had loved writing for as long as I could remember and had gotten really involved in this online writers community called fan-fiction when I was in 12th grade. My readers there said my work was good. It was then that I started to think of making writer my occupation, But after seeing one of my mother’s writer friends struggle to make ends, meet however, I cast my dream aside for the safer route of university (dreams are important, but so is food!).
Life isn’t simple though, is it? The “safe route” turned out almost literally to be the end of me (long story) so after I had a day dream about my two leads I figured “What have I got to lose?” and the rest, as they say, is history.
What motivated to be an indie author?
I would love to be able to say it was a desire to fight The Man or something cool like that but to be honest it was because after being rejected by a publisher – yes one – I discovered I didn’t like leaving the control up to other people. I thought, “Hey, I can do this myself”.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it’s really a tie between two things: First, human emotions and logic are fascinating to me. I am sometimes truly in awe of what people will do for or because they love someone and I think it is a ton of fun to explore that. Secondly, I like the control (see previous question!) … as a writer, I can literally make my characters do anything I want! I guess I have a little bit of a God complex?
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. If it wasn’t for them my first novel wouldn’t have been written, let alone published. There was a time in my life where I felt they were the only people in my life who truly liked me by choice, and I can’t thank them enough.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a sequel to Blood Lust called Blood Bond and I hope to have it out by early 2014. You can get updates on its progress by visiting my website (victorialevack.wordpress.com) or liking my Facebook page (Victoria Levack- Author). Heck, do both! My fan-fiction is found at:http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1192601/Edward-Cullen-brings-sexy-back
Who are your favorite authors?
This list grows every month or so, but here are the main ones:
- Sylvia Day-That woman can write a love scene!
- J.K. Rowling- Harry freaking Potter!
- Stephenie Meyer- Thank you for Edward and Bella. Lucy and John exist because they do. Twilight shaped my writing style and continues to be one of my biggest influences.
- JR. Ward- Interesting take on the vampire mythos.
- Ami Mckay- The Virgin Cure still sticks with me.
- E.L. James- Hear me out! Yes, her writing leaves a lot to be desired. However, she has brought erotic romance into the mainstream and I’m grateful for that. Plus, 50 Shades is kind of well, fun.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ok, time to get deep-ish and clichéd. I’m an atheist so I believe that due to the progression of modern science I’ve got max 80 more years until bugs are nesting in my eye sockets. So I’d better make them count. I also happen to live in a nursing home with people who have a wide range of needs and health problems. Since moving here a year and a half ago not only have I realised just how lucky I am to have my health but I’ve seen how quickly that can vanish. So again, carpe diem.
Lastly I am surrounded by people who love me. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to all those warm fuzzies?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Now, I don’t know for certain if this was the first. But when I was about five I dictated a story about a doll my Dad brought me back from Spain, her name was Brenda. In the story Brenda and Sailor Moon came to my house and ate chocolate chip cookies my mom made. For a five year old’s tale it was pretty good. There’s also one about Bambi and Thumper in the same notebook.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Vampires and more vampires! Ha ha, when I’m not writing about sexy vampires I’m reading about them or allowing them to grace my TV screen. I also love hanging out with friends, shopping , and I volunteer my time tutoring kids in English or history.
What do you read for pleasure?
I’m a hopeless romantic. If it’s got hot heroes saving young maidens count me in!
Thanks fur taking the time to check out my work and happy reading! 🙂