Thursday, May 15, 2008
Well here is the interview with Veronica Wolff that I promised to post. Veronica Wolff was nice enough to grant me an interview about her writing. Even though she was busy with her writing she was nice enough to answer the following questions as soon as she could possibly get them done. She is also setting up a forum for her website and here is the link to her Forum. Here is the link to the review of her first novel Master of the Highlands. Now here is how the interview went:


* * * *


Phoebe: When did you know that writing romance was going to be what you would do with your life?


Veronica: I always thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a writer but I just never thought it was something I could really do. And now there’s no going back for me—I’m addicted! Even if people stopped buying my books, I can’t imagine not working on one.


Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose?


Veronica: I’m a long-time fan of both fantasy and Scottish-themed fiction, and I knew that whatever I wrote would skew that way. Honestly, when I began writing, I thought it would be more of a fantasy, but my imagination kept straying back to the Highlands!


Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote?


Veronica: Believe it or not, it was Master of the Highlands. The first half of the book underwent some major revisions, though! I should note, too, that I worked for years as a writer and editor of promotional and editorial content, so I had a lot of experience with sitting in front of a blank computer screen.


Phoebe: How much research did you have to do for your novels Master of the Highlands and Sword of the Highlands and did it take you a long time to gather that research?


Veronica: I was much more of a seat-of-the-pants writer and researcher with Master of the Highlands. It helped that Clan Cameron has such fantastically thorough online resources! I spent more time researching Sword of the Highlands before I began, reading James Graham’s autobiography and learning about the time of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. I’m getting to be even more of a plotter the more I write, and my third book (Warrior of the Highlands, February 2009) saw me doing much more extensive research before I began. My general approach is to know enough about what is occurring historically to have plot milestones. I write these on sticky notes and put them on a white board. I love how it enables me to jiggle around the storylines, see holes, and best of all, visualize the ending. Once I have that done, I begin writing, and as I go, I do the research necessary to delve deeper and make the story richer. For example, I’ll know which battles were fought when, and with what outcome, before I begin. But I research smaller issues on the fly. Like, what constituted soldiers’ rations, or what types of trees and plants would’ve grown in a particular spot, or what sort of book or music someone would’ve had access to. Those are all the sorts of things I explore as I go.


Phoebe: What process did you have to go through to get your first book published and did you take you long?


Veronica: I’m grateful to have had a very lucky and serendipitous path to publishing. Back in 2006, I found out about a “Pitchapalooza” being held at the San Francisco main library. Brainchild of Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, authors of Putting Your Passion into Print, the Pitchapalooza gave anyone off the street sixty seconds to pitch their book to a panel of publishing professionals. I pitched my book, followed up with an email to Arielle, who is an agent, who forwarded my email to her colleague Stephanie, who happened to be a fan of Scottish time travel. I swear, Steph is the Greatest Agent Ever, and everything continued to move along quickly from there. Believe me, I recognize what tremendous good fortune this was, and I’m so thankful the stars aligned as they did.


Phoebe: How did you feel when you finally saw your first published book out in print and how do you feel about your second novel being published in a couple of weeks?


Veronica: It is beyond exciting! I am so grateful every day that I get the chance to do this. I know it can change on a dime, and that there are some amazing books out there that never see the light of day, so I am trying to savor this whole experience. It really is a thrill.


Phoebe: Are your two novels connected?


Veronica: Yes and no. The magic I’ve created is something that spans all the books. But my second book predates my first by almost a decade. And although the plots are unrelated, you’ll see Ewen, the hero from my first book, as a teenager in my second! Warrior of the Highlands comes out in February 2009. It’s also set during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and is much more connected to Sword of the Highlands than my first book was.


Phoebe: Is there any advice that you would give to an aspiring romance writer that you wish someone had given you?


Veronica: That you need to write the book that excites you, not the one that you think will sell. Don’t be overwhelmed by the big picture—as Anne Lamott wrote, just go “bird by bird.” Help and support often come from the unlikeliest of places. So do discouragement and snarky comments. Which brings me to the next bit of advice: don’t take anything personally. Just keep your eyes on the prize. And finally, turn off that Internet connection and make yourself write for a set amount of time every day. And most of all, know that you can absolutely do it!


Thank you Veronica Wolff for the interview. Good luck with your future books, which I will be looking out for and hope to interview another time. If you want to visit Veronica here are the links to her website and the Romance Readers & Writers Forum that she is registered to and visits to post about the writing process, research and marketing.

0 Readers Comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for visiting my Talk About My Favorite Authors blog. Comments written here are much appreciated and I hope that you enjoyed your visit and will be coming back soon.

Search

Loading...

About Me

My Photo
Phoebe Jordan
I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre.
 
I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books.

I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.
View my complete profile

Labels

A Tale of Shar Series (1) Abby Cooper Psychic Eye Mystery Series (1) Adrianne Brennan (2) Advance Readers Copy Reviews (31) Aisling Grey Series (1) Alexis Duvall (1) Alison Kent (2) Ally Carter (2) Alyson Noël (2) Amanda Ashby (2) Amanda Matetsky (1) Amy Redwood (4) Anastasia Rabiyah (1) Anastasia Steele (1) Angela Cameron (5) Angelis Family Series (4) Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series (3) Ann DeFee (1) Anne Elizabeth (1) Aphra Connolly Death Mystery Series (2) Apple Products (1) April Bostic (3) Argeneau Family Vampire Series (1) Ashen Twilight Series (1) Ashlynn Monroe (2) Ashton Grove Werewolves Series (5) Australian Series (2) Authors (21) Ava Rose Johson (1) BDSM (1) Betty Smith (1) Beverly Barton (1) Bitter Creek Series (1) Black Daggar Brotherhood (3) Blog Talk Radio (18) Blogs (11) Blood and Sex Series (3) Bonnie Dee (1) Book Blogger Appreciation Week (6) Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference (3) Book Challenge (1) Book Expo of America (2) Book Reviews (177) Book Trailers/Videos (6) Books turned to Movies (6) Bragg Saga Series (4) Brenda Joyce (18) Bridgerton Family Series (1) Brody Crossing Series (1) Broken Heart Oklahoma Vampire Series (1) Brotherhood of the Sword Series (5) Bubbles Yablonsky Series (1) Buchanan Family Series (3) C.H. Admirand (2) Cajun Contemporary Series (1) Cameron Sisters Series (1) Captive Hearts Series (1) Cara Summers (4) Casa Dracula Series (3) Cassandra Curtis (1) Catherine Anderson (7) Catherine Coulter (8) Catherine Lanigan (1) Cathy Maxwell (3) Cathy McDavid (1) Cavendish Square Trilogy (1) Cecilia Tan (2) Celestial Lovers Series (2) Celia May Hart (1) Celina Summers (1) Centurion Series (1) Charlaine Harris (9) Charles Towne Belle Series (1) Charline Ratcliff (3) Charlotte Dillion (1) Charlotte Hughes (3) Charlotte McClain (2) Chelsea James (1) Chesapeake Bay Saga Series (1) Chicago Stars Series (1) Christian Grey (1) Christian Romance (3) Christina Dodd (1) Christine Feehan (2) Chrysalis Series (2) Ciar Cullen (1) Circle Trilogy (1) Clare Austin (3) Claudia Dain (1) Comanche Series (1) Contest (12) Coulter Family Series (1) Courtesan Series (1) Courtship Wars (3) CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1) Crossroads Series (3) Crystal Green (6) Crystal Jordan (6) Cynthia Eden (2) Daddy in Progress Series (3) Dakota Johnson (1) Dallas Duet Series (1) Dara England (1) Dark Gate series (1) Dark Hunter Series (1) Dark Moon Series (1) Dark of kNight Series (1) Dark Ones Series (1) Dawn Atkins (1) Dawn Thompson (1) Dead World Series (1) Debbi Rawlins (1) Debbie Macomber (1) Debora Dennis (1) Debra Cown (1) Dee Tenorio (2) Deirdre Martin (1) Demon Princess Chronicles Series (1) Dena Celeste (2) Denise Lynn (1) Desert Secret Series (1) Devil's Duology Series (1) Devyn Quinn (1) Diana Castilleja (1) Diana Holquist (1) Dirk and Steele Series (1) Dolan Brothers Family Series (1) Dollaganger series (1) Dorothy Garlock (8) Drake Family Series (2) Dukes of Wyndham Series (2) E. L. James (3) eBooks (177) Eden Bradley (1) Elizabeth Lowell (2) Elle Amery (6) Emily Bryan (2) Erica Orloff (2) Erotic Horror Romance (1) Eva Gordon (5) Fadó Trilogy (2) Fae Sutherland (4) Federation Series (3) Fever Series (5) Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy (3) Final Prophecy Series (3) Firehouse 59 Series (1) Francesca Cahill Deadly Series (1) Fred the Mermaid Series (3) Friday’s at Luciano’s Series (1) Gabriella Hewitt (2) Gail Roarke (1) Gallagher Girls Series (2) Genella deGrey (2) Gerry Bartlett (4) Ghostwalker Series (1) Glory St. Claire Vampire Series (4) Goddess Fish Promotions (4) Grace Coopersmith (1) Graphic Novels (1) Guest Blog Reviewer (7) Guest Blogger (59) Gwen Hayes (1) Gwen Rowley (1) Gwynne Forster (1) Hailey North (5) Harlequin American Romance Series (10) Harlequin Blaze Series (25) Harlequin Special Releases (1) HarperCollins Publishers (1) Harry Potter Series (1) Highlander Series (9) Historical McKettrick Series (4) Hope Tarr (1) Hot Cops Series (1) Hotel Marchance Series (1) House of Night Series (5) Houston Family Series (1) Immortals After Dark Series (4) Immortals Series (2) Imprint William Morrow (1) IN DEATH Series (2) In The Garden Trilogy (1) Indencent Proposals Series (2) Indie Publishing (1) Inez Kelley (1) Inspirational Romance Series (1) Interview (74) Irish Trilogy Series (1) Irish Western Series (1) Isabo Kelly (1) J.D. Robb (3) J.K. Coi (2) J.K. Rowling (1) J.L. Oiler (1) J.R. Ward (5) Jacquie D'Alessandro (1) Jade Lee (1) Jaid Black (3) Jamie Dornan (1) Jane Austen (1) Jane Feather (2) Janet Chapman (10) Janis Reams Hudson (1) Jasmine Aherne (3) Jax Cassidy (1) Jayne Ann Krentz (2) Jeanne St. James (1) Jeannie Ruesch (1) Jenna Bayley-Burke (3) Jennifer Crusie (1) Jennifer Haymore (1) Jennifer Leeland (1) Jeri Smith-Ready (1) Jess Granger (1) Jessica Andersen (3) Jessica Barksdale Inclán (3) Jessica Brody (1) Jessica Coulter Smith (12) Jessie Colter (1) Joan Johnston (6) Joanne Rendell (1) Jodi Lynn Copeland (1) Johanna Lindsey (1) Joie Cain (1) Joneses Family Series (1) Jordan Summers (1) joy nash (1) Judith McNaught (4) Judy Christenberry (1) Julia London (2) Julia Quinn (4) Julie Garwood (6) Julie James (2) Julie Kimbrell (1) K. Celeste Bryan (1) Kane/Cabot Vampire Series (1) Kara Lennox (3) Karen Anders (3) Karen Erickson (1) Karen Marie Moning (8) Karen Robards (3) Karen Rose Smith (3) Karin Tabke (1) Karoline Barrett (1) Kate Holly Case Series (2) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (7) Kathryn Caskie (3) Kathy Lyons (1) Kathye Quick (3) Katie Alender (1) Katie MacAlister (11) Kazuo Ishiguro (1) KB Alan (1) Keisha Mennefee (1) Kelley Nyrae (2) Kelly Jones Thriller Series (2) Kelly Marcel (1) Kendra Ballantyne - Pet-Sitter Mystery Series (6) Kerrelyn Sparks (8) Keta Diablo (13) Key Trilogy Series (1) Kiki Howell (3) Kim Knox (1) Kimberley Troutte (1) Kinley MacGregor (7) Klaus Brothers Series (2) Kresley Cole (7) L.L. Foster (2) Lara Adrian (1) Laura Bickle (1) Laura Marie Altom (2) Laurell K. Hamilton (6) Lauren Dane (5) Lauren Fraser (2) Lauren Murphy (1) Laurin Wittig (1) League of Sensational Abilities (LSA) Series (2) Legacy Series (1) Leigh Ellwood (1) Leigh Michaels (1) Leslie Wainger (1) Lex Valentine (2) Lilli Feisty (1) Linda Francis Lee (1) Linda Gerber (2) Linda Howard (3) Linda Lael Miller (20) Linda Mooney (1) Linda O. Johnston (6) Linda Palmer (8) Linda Windstead Jones (1) Linore Rose Burkard (2) Lisa Jackson (5) Lisa Lane (6) Lisa M. Campbell (2) Lisa Marie Wilkinson (1) Lisa Whitefern (1) Lissa Matthews (2) Logger Series (1) London Undead Series (1) Lone Star Sisters Series (3) Look Book Series (1) Lorhainne Eckhart (3) Lori Borrill (1) Lori Foster (12) Lori Handeland (3) Lori Perkins (1) Lori Wilde (3) Love at Stake Series (6) Lucinda Betts (1) Lust in Space Series (1) Lust in Translation Miniseries (1) Lynsay Sands (1) M. Jean Pike (2) M.A. Ellis (1) M.G. Braden (2) M.J. Holliday Ghost Hunter Mysteries Series (2) M.L. Lacy (3) MacAlister Series (5) MacBook Pro (2) MacKade Brothers Series (1) Madonna Lacy (3) Maggie Shayne (1) Magic Series (1) Male/Male Erotic Romance (4) Manic Readers Review (10) Margay Leah Justice (2) Marguerite Labbe (1) Maria Murnane (1) Marine Series (1) Mario Puzo (1) Marisa Chenery (3) Marjorie M. Liu (1) Marta Acosta (4) MaryJanice Davidson (4) MaryLu Tyndall (3) McKettrick Series (9) Megan Hart (1) Melissa and Christopher Golliday (2) Men of Mercy Medical Series (2) Men of the West Series (1) Merry Gentry Series (1) Message Boards/Forums (5) Michele Bardsley (2) Michele Dunaway (1) Michelle Gagnon (2) Michelle Lauren (3) Michelle M. Pillow (5) Midnight Breed Series (1) Millie Criswell (1) Minnette Meador (2) Missy Lyons (1) Moira Keith (3) Mojo Sheepshanks Books Series (2) Monère Children of the Moon Series (3) Montana Brides Series (2) Montana To Die Series (2) Morganville Vampires Series (5) Movie (2) Nancy O'Berry (3) Nell Dixon (1) New Books (3) New Moon (1) New Orleans Series (1) Nicole Jordan (5) Nicole Morgan (2) Nightcreatures Series (1) Niki Green (1) Non-Romance (1) NOOKbook (1) NOOKcolor (1) Nora Roberts (22) Norah Hess (1) Northbridge Nuptials Series (5) One True Love Trilogy Series (1) Orphan Train Series (1) P.C. and Kristin Cast (5) Paige Turner Mystery Series (1) Paige Tyler (5) Paige Warren (3) Pamela Clare (1) Pamela Palmer (1) Paradise Series (1) Patricia Sargeant (1) Patti Berg (1) Penguin Publishing Group (1) Penny McCall (1) Penny Watson (3) Perfect Anatomy Series (3) Personal (44) Phoenix Chronicles Series (2) PJ Schnyder (1) Podcast (18) Portia da Costa (2) Promotional (88) Puffin Harbor Series (1) Pump Up Your Book Promotion (5) Quaid Horses Series (1) Quartzton Series (4) Queen Betsy Undead Series (2) R.F. Long (4) R.G. Alexander (2) Rachel Caine (5) Rachel Vincent (1) Rae Lori (5) Raintree Series (1) Rating 3 Open Books (6) Rating 3.5 Open Books (18) Rating 4 Open Books (78) Rating 4.5 Open Books (39) Rating 5 Open Books (6) Ravenous Romance (1) Realms Beyond Series (1) Rebecca J. Vickery (3) Reese Johnson (2) Requested Reviews (117) RG Alexander (1) Rhiannon Leith (2) Rie McGaha (3) Rikki Donovan (1) Rita Gerlach (1) Rita Sawyer (3) Rob Graham (1) Robin Shope (1) Romance Divas Promo (15) Romantic Suspense (1) Romantic Times BOOKlovers Convention (2) Route 66 Series (1) Royle Sisters Trilogy (3) RT BOOKlovers Convention Special (16) Russian Series (1) Saint Georges Series (1) Salamander's Tales Series (1) Sam Taylor-Johnson (1) Sandra Hill (1) Sara Taney Humphreys (2) Sarah Strohmeyer (3) SBC Fighters Series (5) Second Romance Series (2) Secret Lives of Cowboys Series (1) Seeds of Oden (1) Sela Carsen (1) Servant Series (2) Sexy Series (1) Sharon Sala (3) Shayla Black (2) Shelley Munro (3) Sherbrooke Bride Series (2) Sherrilyn Kenyon (4) Shiloh Walker (3) Sign of Seven Trilogy Series (3) Silhouette Nocturne Series (3) Silhouette Special Edition Series (15) Silver Dragons Series (2) Sinclair Brothers Series (1) Sisters of the Lone Star Series (1) Small Town USA Series (1) Song Series (2) Sookie Stackhouse - Southern Vampire Series (8) Soul Screamers Series (1) Stella Bagwell (1) Stephanie Adkins (2) Stephenie Meyer (4) Sunny (4) Susan Andersen (2) Susan Elizabeth Phillips (1) Susan Johnson (1) Susan Mallery (5) Sutherland Brothers Series (1) Sweetbrier Academy Series (2) T.A. Ford (1) T.L. Mitchell (2) Tales of the Darkworld Series (1) Tall Dark and Dangerously Hot Trilogy Series (3) Tamela Quijas (2) Tami Hoag (2) Tanya Michaels (1) Tara S. Nichols (4) Tatiana Caldwell (1) Tawny Taylor (3) Tawny Weber (6) Teresa D'Amario (1) Teresa Medeiros (3) Teresa Southwick (2) Terisa Wilcox (1) The Darkness and the Night Series (3) The de Warenne Dynasty Series (9) The Doomsday Brethren Series (2) The Masters of Time (1) The Scandal Series (1) The State of Parenthood Series (2) The Suds Club (4) Theresa Scott (2) Thursday Thirteen (11) Tori Carrington (2) Tracy Cooper-Posey (3) Triton Experiment Series (1) Twilight Saga (1) Twilight Series (6) Two Showgirls Series (1) Undercover Lovers Miniseries (1) V.C. Andrews (1) Vampire Bite Series (2) Vanessa Jaye (1) Veronica Wolff (3) Victoria Chancellor (1) Victoria Laurie (3) Victoria Pade (5) W. Somerset Maugham (1) Wasteland Series (3) Websites (14) Wendy Ely (4) Widgets (1) Wild Horse Press (22) Winston Family Series (3) Wolf Maiden Chronicles Series (4) Wolf of My Heart Series (1) Writing (3) Writing Romance (10) WVMP Radio Series (1) Young Adult (28)

Total Pageviews

Featured Post

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Poster It was more than year ago that we had heard rumors that there would be a Fifty Shades of Grey movie com...

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge

Phoebe has read 1 book toward her goal of 180 books.
hide

My Loyal Readers

Social Media Profiles

Amazon ProfileBlogger ProfileFacebook Fan PageGoogle ProfileLinkedIn ProfileMySpacePhoebe Jordan’s PayPal Verified!SkypeTwitterIn the Life of…An Aspiring Romance WriterYahoo! ProfileYouTube Channel

I'm Currently Reading...

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

To Be Read Pile

Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

*

Goodreads Updates

TAMFA Podcast

Listen to internet radio with Phoebe Jordan on BlogTalkRadio

FeedBurner

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


Popular Posts

Blogs of Interest