The Author Spotlight series featured on this blog showcases writers and their work. Writing can be a fulfilling but lonely journey - so why not have some fun and make a few friends along the way? Let’s get to know Victoria J. Price (@victoria_jprice):
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I know that’s what most writers/authors say, but it’s true. I’ve always had stories floating around in my head, and as a child I wrote them down or drew the stories, as I got a little bit older I started to write longer stories and by the time I was in my teens I was always starting a new “book" (none of which shall ever see the light of day!). Inspiration comes from everywhere—something I’ve seen, a song I’ve heard, a moment. Absolutely everything and anything is inspiration for more stories.
What are common traps/mistakes for aspiring writers?
Ahh, so many! The biggest mistake I made was not believing in myself. It took me almost a decade to publish The Third Sun, and if I’d believed in myself a little sooner, that would not have been the case. Fortunately I have made some incredible friends in the writing community and now have the most wonderful critique partners/writing buddies I could have ever hoped to meet, and those relationships have not only strengthened my work but my self-belief, too!
What is something you loved but had to edit out of this book that was like sawing off a limb (isn’t writing fun)?
A lot of backstory. The world of Ohinyan is quite complex, and there’s a lot of history for the angels, the witches, the shapeshifters and all the various people and creatures. I had to cut the story of how the first angel learned how to free a dying person’s spirit but I’ve tucked it away for another time. This universe is growing and growing and I have so many stories lined up that I’m sure there will be a chance to tell that particular piece of the puzzle one day.
Tell us a little bit about your story and what inspired you to write "The Third Sun".
The blurb is the best introduction to the story:
The sun is dying, the windows to Earth are closing. Time is running out.
After the death of her sister, eighteen-year-old Fia Aldridge knows one thing for certain: she doesn’t belong anywhere. But then she tumbles into the parallel world of Ohinyan—a world where angels and witches walk amongst mankind. An ancient darkness is taking advantage of the dying sun, and Ohinyan needs Fia’s help. She soon learns that her arrival is not entirely by accident and that Alexander, leader of angels, is not the guardian she thought he was. Torn between their feelings and their duties, together they must find a way to return Fia to London before the darkness consumes her and she is trapped in Ohinyan forever. A richly woven tale drawing on ancient myths and legends, bursting with adventure, elemental magic, angels, witches, shapeshifters and slow burn romance.
As for what inspired me… Fia and Alexander popped into my head one day, then the witches, then some of the various creatures. I knew a there was a lot of unrest, wherever it was… and it all unfurled from there!
If you had to describe the main character in three words, what would those three words be?
Ooh… tough one! Loyal, determined, strong.
How can we purchase your book?
Book Two, "The Eternal Dusk":