1. Tell us about your newest release.
Camille, the widowed Lady Lydingham, has met a prince she thinks would be perfect as her next husband. She's always wanted a prince after all. And Prince Nicolai of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia is practically perfect. What better way to get a proposal from a perfect prince than to give him the perfect Charles Dickens kind of Christmas with the perfect English family? Unfortunately, eccentric is a more accurate description of her family than perfect. What's a girl to do?
Fortunately, most of the family is out of the country so a perfect solution would be to hire a troupe of actors to play her family. Which might well work out quite nicely if only her first love, Grayson Elliott, doesn't reappear in her life determined to help her little charade—or so he claims.
But as brilliant as Camille thinks her plan is originally, from bad acting to fake orphans to surprise guests, nothing goes quite as expected. And it will definitely be a Christmas to remember. J
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
Well, it always surprises me how much harder it is to actually write the book than it is to come up with the idea.
I don't think there were any real surprises but I did discover a story I had loved as a child was written by Charles Dickens. It's The Magic Fishbone and I had no idea it was written in 1867. As the king has a job ("The king was, in his private profession, under government.") and was always going to his office, it had seemed very contemporary to me
I'm not sure what the children in What Happens at Christmas thought about the story because they fell asleep but I'm pretty sure they would not have been completely pleased with the ending. J
3. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Ultimately, I'd have to say my father. My father was always reading and I think that's where I got my love of books. In fact, when I wrote my first book, he said I always wanted to be a writer when I was a kid. I honestly don't remember that. I thought I wanted to be a movie star or the first female president of the United States.
4. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I am interested in all sorts of things. I love to travel and cook fabulous dishes—not everyday cooking but fun, over-the-top stuff. I hate cooking a regular dinner. I love archeology and science fiction. One of the best things about being a writer is that I get to indulge all sorts of interests without ever leaving my house. J
5. Can you tell us about what’s coming up in the next year for you writing wise?
It's going to be a busy year!
On cyber-Monday, November 26th, my new novella—Lord Stillwell's Excellent Engagements—goes on sale as an e-book only. It's the story of Winfield Elliott's ill-fated engagements. We meet Win in What Happens at Christmas.
His story will be told in The Importance of Being Wicked, out in February. This is the first of a new series centered around Millworth Manor (Millworth is also the setting for What Happens at Christmas) but also incorporates the Hadley-Attwater family.
And this spring, One of my older books—The Emperor's New Clothes—will be reissued.
This is my one and only western about a woman who is trying to con an entire town. But she's not all bad. She would never steal from orphans! :)
6. How can readers connect with you online?
My website is www.victoriaalexander.com but I'm really encouraging readers to go to my facebook page.
Or they can write to me at PO Box 31544, Omaha, NE 68131