Today I’m on the blog tour for Victoria to Vikings by Trisha Hughes and I’m bringing you a Q&A with the author. I REALLY wanted to read this but sadly didn’t have time in my schedule so make sure you check out the reviews of the other bloggers if this sounds as good to you as it does me!
At the heart of our present are the stories of our past. In ages gone by, many monarchs died while they were still young. There were battles and diseases and many were simply overthrown. But the days of regal engagement in hand-to-hand combat are over and the line of succession has a good ageing prospect these days.
One of the most famous monarchs in history is Queen Victoria and her passing brought an end to an amazing era. She could be demanding, rude and she frequently fled public duties for the solitude of Scotland. But she loved fiercely, and her people loved her fiercely in return. Under her reign, England achieved greatness it had never known before.
‘VICTORIA TO VIKINGS – The Circle of Blood’ spans from this great queen to another one: Queen Elizabeth II. Ours is the era of the longest living monarch in history and her ancestry is incredible. But walking two steps behind her, stalwart and loyal, stands Prince Philip, the strawberry to her champagne, and with him comes his own amazing Viking heritage.
Q&A with trisha
What started you on your career as a writer?
My best-selling autobiography‘Daughters of Nazareth’. It was written eighteen years ago fuelled on by the discovery of a family I never believed I had. It’s full of family secrets and as with most of our lives, out of tremendous heartache comes a resilience which proves the human spirits amazing ability to triumph over adversity. Nineteen years ago, my life changed abruptly with just one phone call. After writing my autobiography, Pan MacMillan Australia published it and my life has never been the same.
Do you have any writing quirks or strange habits?
I’m not sure how other authors write. For my books, research is essential. So I start at the beginning and gradually work my way through. Then I go back and edit. Most of the time, I only have about 30,000 words at this stage and it’s basically pure information. As I edit, I look for something that interests me, something that jumps out and says ‘hey…what about me?’ That’s when I fill in the juicy bits… the human part of my story. Then I edit again, and again and again.
What is the worst thing about being an author?
Marketing is always the issue for authors and it’s not any easy mountain to climb. Selling is the hardest part of a book. To succeed these days, you need perseverance, a work-hard attitude and a massive amount of luck. Lots of books sit idle simply because authors don’t have the knowledge or inclination to do what needs to be done. Linkedn is the beginning of my plan. Plus Facebook, Pinterest and the website I built. I have a blog I call ‘Glimpses of the Past’ and I try to post articles regularly there and then share on my social pages.
Do you read your reviews? How do you deal with both good and bad opinions?
Every author reads their reviews. It’s how we improve our writing and try to understand what readers are looking for. But I don’t think about the reviews too much. I let everyone else decide whether my books are good or bad, whether they love them or hate them. While they are deciding, I write even more.
You received a unique chance to travel back in time, when and where would you go?
Many years ago, my husband and I planned a holiday to England and Ireland.We planned to spend two weeks driving around Ireland (which I couldn’t wait to visit) then zip over to Scotland then onto London. But Ireland was the place I couldn’t wait to visit. And it didn’t let me down. I loved it. But when we arrived in Edinburgh and drove north to Inverness, it’s like my heart was going to burst. It was the strangest feeling. It was as if I’d come home after a very long time away even though I’d never been to Scotland before. If I had a chance, that’s where I’d travel. Back in time to Scotland during Charles II time. It was a savage time in history but I love it. My second book in the trilogy, ‘Virgin to Victoria – The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen’ covers this era and I’ve absolutely loved writing and researching it.
Is there a book you’ve got that is precious to you for some reason?
For me, there are two books that I’ve hung on to over the years. ‘Rebecca’ by Dame Daphne du Maurier and ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte. These were the first books I read and they gave me an insight into passion and emotion. No matter what genre of book you write, I truly believe you need to possess both these qualities. They give your book a personal touch and give your readers and idea of who you are.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Most authors are dreamers and watchers. We observe everything… people’s expressions, what they’re wearing, even how they walk. It’s not always the most opportune time to observe while driving but most times, I’m able to remember those thoughts and I write everything down in my notebook, always tucked away in my handbag, later on.
Any last message for your readers?
The best pieces of advice I received at the very start of my writing career were:
- Read. Write more. Read more.
- When you’ve finished your first manuscript–novel, short story, essay, whatever it is–stuff it in a drawer and forget about it for a month. Then come back and look at it with fresh eyes, as a reader, not a writer. Then rewrite it, only better. Revise. Edit. Revise more. Edit more.
- And those two together make this third one clear: Don’t be in a rush to publish. Be in a slow, long, tedious marathon to publish the best piece of writing you can.
about the author
I am an Australian author born in Brisbane, Queensland now living in Hong Kong. My writing career began 18 years ago with my best-selling autobiography ‘Daughters of Nazareth’published by Pan MacMillan Australia. Over the past 8 years, I have been researching and writing a historical fiction trilogy based on British Monarchy throughout the ages beginning with the Vikings. Originally meant to be a single book, as facts accumulated the material gradually filled three books. I call this series my V2V trilogy.
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Thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me on the tour and to Trisha for sharing her Q&A with us.
Hope you’ve all had a great day!