Our feature is on author Victoria James. And she has a GIVEAWAY for one commenter! She says...
I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you’ve ever seen my drawings you’ll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business.
After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I’m a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for my characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but I’m quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.
I’m a writer for Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence imprint.
I’m a mom to a seven year old boy and a three year old girl and I’m a wife to
my very own hero J.
I love creating happily-ever-after’s for characters that inspire me to be a better person. I have a background in interior design as
well, but my true passion is writing.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading. When I was little I started with
the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and then Nancy Drew…and I just kept on reading.
In high school my obsession with the romance genre began. My first love was
Judith McNaught and her historical novels. I loved my creative writing classes
and wrote a lot of poetry. Finally, after my son was born, I knew it was time
for me to pursue it as a career.
How did you choose your genre?
I love the guaranteed HEA. I love knowing that no matter
what happens to the characters in the book, by the last page they will be in a
better place. Life can be hard, the journey sometimes bleak, and I love knowing
that I can read about characters that have faced either the same obstacles or
different obstacles than me, but in the end will get their HEA.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this
I tend to write character-driven books. Cole Forrester’s
character came to me first. I love reading cowboy romances and this was my
first time writing one-very intimidating! But this man and his struggles
compelled me to write his story. I wanted to explore how a person could go from
believing there would never be another person out there for them, to knowing
that there is. And with that comes the realization that life goes on that he
does have the strength to try again. Melanie is the type of character that tugs
at my heartstrings. She’s had her own share of pain, she’s been a victim, but
she doesn’t let that define her. She’s courageous and believes in right and
wrong and isn’t afraid to take chances…until Cole comes along, because to truly
be with him, she does have to take a chance with her heart.
How did you come up with the title?
My titles don’t always get picked! This title was one in a
list of several that I’d sent to my editor. Melanie is Cole’s second chance at
love again. And it takes him a while to figure out that she’s worth risking his
heart for J.
What is your favourite scene?
Oh, that’s so hard to answer!I have a few…because I loved writing this
book so much, I love the funny scenes where Cole and Melanie are really getting
to know each other. And then there’s the scene when Melanie’s past comes back
to haunt her and Cole makes his choice…
Tell us a little
about your book?
He’s a strong man with a very tender side. He’s a widower
and he’s closed himself off to finding love again. In comes Melanie Simms, good
friend to his little sister. Melanie is a woman who has it all together on the
outside, but she’s running from a past that continues to haunt her. Both these
characters are so real and are dealing with the kind of pain that many people
can identify with. Because of that, it made me want to give them the best kind