Hello! Today features an interview with the talented author of The Dragon Three (among more great titles) Victoria Perkins! She’s recently been signed with AEC Stellar Publishing. We hope you enjoy learning more about her work, and the author herself. It was a joy to interview her!
Tell us about yourself;
Ah, the dreaded “talk about yourself” question. I’ve never been very good at answering this question, whether it was asked in class or in a job interview, but I’ll do my best. I was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, the only girl out of four kids. Over the years, I’ve had a variety of jobs, including working at a golf course, doing maintenance at Toys R Us, teaching junior and senior high students at my former high school and working at a call center. In December of 2012, I was able to finally quit my ‘real’ job and start working full-time as a freelance writer / ghostwriter.
What inspired you to first write?
I’ve loved making up stories for as long as I can remember, so when I learned out to put down on paper what I was thinking, it just made sense. The time I remember actually writing a story down, I was in third grade, but I know I’d been telling stories longer than that. My mom loves to tell people how, when I was as young as two, I’d tell her to ‘go away, I play by myself’ and she’d hear me in there talking to my toys and coming up with stories.
What genre (s) do you like to write most in? Do you find they match who you are as a person?
I like to write in most genres, though they do tend to always be young adult focused. I’m not sure if it was because I started writing seriously when I was a pre-teen / teenager that I’ve preferred to stay in that perspective, but even though I write for adults for most of my clients, my own work stays focused on young adults.
Are there topics or things you want to tackle in your future novels?
I always have ideas popping into my head, but not all of them stick. At the moment, I’m seriously thinking about how to address the issue of sex-trafficking. I have a few ideas about it, but I’m not sure if anything will come of them.
Is there a quote out there that sums up you, one of your books or one you just simply love?
I love quotes. I actually collect them. There are so many different quotes that could describe me at any given point, but right now I’m really liking one I wrote for The Dragon Three, for a character named Neysa: “Like Elsali, I’m drawn to the broken things of the world. I always have been. Anyone can find good in the beautiful, but it takes a special way of thinking to see possibility in something that appears beyond redemption.”
Let’s say you can go back in time, who would you want to meet?
I would actually love to meet the younger versions of some of my favorite writers like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, back when they were just starting out, but if I could only choose one, I’d have to say that I would love to meet C.S. Lewis. I’ve loved his Narnia books since I was a child and I still find so much truth in them that resonates even as an adult. I think he was a remarkable writer, teacher, and person.
What helps you remain confident in yourself, especially by putting yourself out there?
The support of my family and friends has always been my rock. I’ve never wanted to do anything but be a writer, and growing up, I constantly had people either doubting that I could do it, or acting like it was something anyone could do. Those people who believed in me made sure that I knew I could do it.
How do you handle rejection?
I remind myself that if I wasn’t any good, I wouldn’t have to keep turning down job offers because I’m too busy. It also helps to read things like Stephen King’s On Writing and see how many times his work was rejected. I remind myself that there are always going to be negative people and rejections, no matter who you are. If books like Harry Potter and A Wrinkle in Time can be rejected, then I really shouldn’t take too much to heart.
Tell us about your book [s]
I have six books: five novels and a short story collection. Reeves’ Island is a more juvenile than YA action adventure story about a group of students whose plane crashes, leaving them stranded on a desert island. The Last Summer is a science fiction story about a comet hitting the earth. Rather than doing the typical ‘saved at the last minute’ scenario or the ‘aftermath’ scenario, the story follows a set of teenagers as they go through the process of preparing for the worst and then living through that worst. Three, Two, One is probably the darkest thing I’ve written, so far at least. This story follows a set of triplets – Cassidy, Nora and Jessica – after Jessica has just died. It’s a case of mistaken identity as well as a murder mystery as Cassidy tries to figure out what really happened. My Immortal, ‘m Cara is a paranormal romance between human Tex Novak and Immortal Zev Avatos. Zev is not a vampire, but rather part of a tribe who existed back in the time of the Old Testament. They were cursed with immortality until they fulfilled the mission they were given. My newest book, The Dragon Three, starts with a girl named Brina Fine who exists in a world where everyone has magic. Everyone but her. She meets the other two main characters, Aidan Preston and Thana Decker, and they embark on a mission to save the world.
Choosing a character or even yourself, can you give us a single piece of music that would follow said person?
I think that the song “Who I Am (Rosemary’s Granddaughter)” by Jessica Andrews really fits the character of Brina Fine from The Dragon Three. She’s struggling to come to terms with who she is and how she fits in her world.
What struggles do you tend to face with writing (or marketing, or anything related to)
My biggest struggle tends to be with self-promotion. I make my living as a ghostwriter and literally have my schedule booked months in advance, so I know that I have writing skills, but I still always feel awkward telling people that I think my books are good.
Who does your dream cast consist of? (if you would like to share)
I’d like to have the ages blurred like they do in some YA moves so that I could have my dream cast, because they’re all older than my characters. My dream cast for The Dragon Three, would be Molly Quinn (Castle) as Brina, Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) as Aidan, Malese Jow (Star-Crossed) as Thana, Connor Jessup (Falling Skies) as Kase, David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Professor Gibberish, and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) as Neysa because I think she’s one of the best actress out there and I’d want her to be in any cast.
What are you working on now?
Aside from my work for my clients, I’m working on a story that I hope will end up being a series. It will explain how characters from all of my books cross over into the other books even though they all exist in different worlds and it will star the descendants of some of the world’s greatest writers – Shakespeare, Poe, Austen, Stoker, Grimm, just to name a few. I’m also working on the re-release of The Last Summer which I hope to have ready by July. It will contain new scenes and maybe an afterward with little bits of trivia.
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