Today I have the pleasure of chatting with the very talented author of Head Over Wheels (my review can be found HERE). If you're a fan of the New Adult genre, you'll want to stick around because at the end of the interview, you'll have a chance to win one of TWO Kindle versions of Head Over Wheels!
January Valentine is the pen name of Victoria Valentine, New York writer, indie book publisher, and blogtalkradio show host.Victoria uses January, her birth month, when writing romance and thrillers. Children’s books and poetry are written under the name Victoria Valentine. Victoria hosts her radio show, Away With Words, every Wednesday @ 7 p.m. EST onblogtalkradio.com, where she interviews writers and poets.
Her books include: At the Stroke of Midnight: 24 tales of terror, The Cutest Little Duckie color storybook, Desert Noon romance poetry collection, Love Dreams contemporary romance, Sweet Dreams in the Mind of a Serial Killer, and new release, Head Over Wheels spicy young romance.
Victoria is currently working on the third book in her “Dream” series, Bad Dreams, a YA sci fi thriller releasing in summer 2013. Find January Valentine & Victoria Valentine on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Water Forest Press Books.
When not writing, Victoria publishes anthologies: A Hudson View Poetry Digest, Skyline Review, Literary House Review.
Find Victoria Valentine:http://waterforestpress.miiduu.com (bookstore)http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aww1 (Away With Words Radio Show)
Head Over Wheels is my first New Adult novel, as a matter of fact, I hadn't even heard of this genre until recently! How would you describe the New Adult genre?
I believe new adult bridges the gap that lies between young adult and adult, in my case, sensual contemporary romance. As Head Over Wheels is steamy, I've added a caution: 17+ to the synopsis. The new adult genre caters to the coming of age group of individuals who are legal adults finding their way in this world, coping with adult situations.
Did you base any of the characters on people you know or yourself?
No, I didn't base my characters on anyone I know. I think a little bit of every writer goes into their characters. Although Jewelia is not based on myself, she has the qualities I like to read in other books, and I would like to think I possess. All of my heroines are strong women who can hold their own where men are concerned, as well as in everyday life.
Were there any particular scenes in Head Over Wheels that were difficult to write?
None of the scenes were difficult to write. Head Over Wheels is a very sexy book, and the hot romance scenes were my favorite scenes to write. Other than that, I just write what comes into my head. A friend once said, we are the conduits. It's crazy but true. When I'm truly in my zone, my fingers hit the keyboard and I'm not thinking; it's as though my brain is unconsciously communicating with my fingers, and I'm on autopilot.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a published author?
Quite simply, to see my characters and plots come to life inside the covers of a book is incredibly rewarding. To have others read and enjoy my fiction is an extraordinary thrill, especially when I receive positive feedback. Evoking a reader's emotions, having him or her become actively involved in a world that I've created, is what gives me the inspiration to continue writing.
What are you currently working on?
I'm dipping my feet into the Young Adult category with a paranormal/sci fi trilogy. I tried to keep Head Over Wheels young adult romance, but Jewelia and Indigo were so damn hot, restraining their emotions was impossible. I'm writing about teens now, which is easier to control ... I hope :-) I'll let you know when the book is finished, whether or not it remains Young Adult or New Adult which offers more flexibility.
Who are some authors you enjoy reading on your spare time?
Between writing, publishing, and my blogtalkradio show, I don't have much time to read. But three of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Nora Roberts.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
I would like to thank you for reading and reviewing Head Over Wheels. Writing is easy. Promoting and marketing is the difficult part. I'd like to thank my family, friends, readers and fans for their support. Without them, and dedicated book reviewers such as yourself, writing would be an impossible undertaking.
* Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read Head Over Wheels. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had reading it. I look forward to more of your work in the New Adult genre!
Victoria is generously giving TWO lucky commenters a KINDLE copy of Head Over Wheels so fill out the rafflecopter for your chance to win!
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