Tell us about the experience of seeing your first book turned into a movie.
It was an amazing experience! My first book – Flights of Angels – was published in Germany - although it’s now available as an ebook worldwide – and my husband and I flew out to Berlin to see it being filmed. We got to meet the actors and even got to be extras in the film which was incredibly exciting, and the finished product was so lovely. My story is about a young widow who has a group of tiny guardian angels to take care of her and the way they’d filmed the angels was so cute and funny. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.
What led you into writing Austen-related fiction?
I wanted to explore what it was like to be a Jane Austen addict in the modern world. A lot of Austen-related fiction deals with fans who suddenly spiral back in time to Regency England but I hadn’t read anything about modern-day fans other than The Jane Austen Book Club. I’m an Austen fan myself and I wanted to talk to other fans and find out why her books are still so popular 200 years after their first publication.
I’d also been visiting lots of beautiful Jane Austen locations: Chawton in Hampshire, Lyme Regis in Dorset and the gorgeous Georgian city of Bath. They inspired me to write about them and I thought they’d be great settings for my trilogy. It was also a fabulous excuse to read all the books again and watch all the film adaptations – in the name of work, you understand!
What's your favorite part(s) about living in London? Least favorite things about it?
Actually, I’ve just left London for rural Suffolk and I’m much happier in the countryside! I lived in London for eleven years and it was great to be able to attend publishers’ parties and meet all my writer friends. I also adored the fabulous museums and art galleries but I found living there very noisy. There are just so many people all the time and we didn’t have enough space either. We now have a lovely big garden for our hens and dog (with plans to get more of each!) and I can see fields full of horses from my study window! I’m much happier here – you can’t help but be inspired by the beauty and I hope to write many more novels here.
Although having had articles and short stories published, it was only when Flights of Angels was published that Victoria was able to realize the dream of becoming a professional writer. Bought in a bidding war between five publishers and released as Unter deinem Stern in Germany, the novel was made into a film for television by award-winning Ziegler Film. Her second novel, The Unmasking of Elena Montella (Wenn es dich gibt), was published in 2007 and her third, Three Graces (Wohin mit der Liebe), was published in 2009.
Her next book to be published in the UK will be The Runaway Actress – a romantic comedy about a movie star who swaps Hollywood for the Highlands.
Victoria’s three fantasy rom coms, previously published in Germany, are now available in English on Kindle and other ebook formats.
She lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and ex-battery hens.