A GIRL CALLED RANDOM ~
to be released December 2014
Hi, everyone. Here is the cover for A GIRL CALLED RANDOM, the second in the Notes from Random Knight series. I'm so excited about it because it takes Random and her friends into a whole new realm of adventure, love, bravery and yes...evil!
NOTES ON A REBELLION, the first in the series is available from Amazon
And a fun interview with Doug Schwartz from Checkered Scissors
Q1 ~ What is your name? ~ My pseudonymn is Valentina Hepburn. I chose this name because my mum looked like Audrey Hepburn and I wanted something which meant 'love', so I thought of Valentine's Day, hence Valentina. Valentina's me a few years ago.
Q2 ~ When did you decide to be a writer? ~ I wrote my first book when I was seven, called Mischa and The Eskimo. My lovely mum sewed it into a book and I was astonished when it wasn't picked up by a publisher! Anyway fast forward to now (a few years down the line) and I'm still writing. I'm not sure a person can decide to be a writer. I think we write because we have a passion.
Q3 ~ What did you most recently publish? ~ I've just released NOTES ON A REBELLION, a fantasy/dystopian/romance, the first in the Notes from Random Knight Series. The second in the series, A GIRL CALLED RANDOM, is due to be released in December. I've also recently released A DISH OF STONES, a family saga already released as an ebook on Kindle.
Q4 ~ What is your next project? ~ My next project is a stand alone novel called SCARRED, in the thriller genre.
Q5 ~ Which paths have you taken: traditional publishing, self-publishing, or both? ~ I decided to self-publish a few months ago. To date the process has been very enjoyable and a massive learning curve. I've connected with some wonderful people and looking forward to releasing more novels.
Q6 ~ Why should people consider reading your work? ~ I hope my novels have real depth of emotion and connect with readers who like to escape into a story. I've worked hard on world-building and to ensure my characters art believable. I hope anyone who reads NOTES ON A REBELLION, and
A DISH OF STONES, will love the characters and their unfolding story and will want to follow them through the series.
Q7 ~ How do you describe your writing style? ~ In the Notes from Random Knight Series, I write in a confiding, caring, sometimes feisty style. Her observations about her fellow raiders and their experiences in the rebellion of 2046 reflect her personality; the fact she misses her mum, dad and brother, her love for her dog, Ordinary, and her unfolding love for Ethan Smith who is also part of the raiding party. She also cares deeply about the battle in front of her and the cause she's fighting for.
Q8 ~ Where and when do you like to write? ~ I write every day, regardless of where I am. I write a lot at home, but where ever I am, I have either my laptop or a notebook and pen with me. I've learnt the hard way to always have something to write with and on!
Q9 ~ At what time, day or night do you feel the most creative? For me the best time to write is first thing in the morning, but I'll write at any time. Often I'll get ideas at night and I can't wait to get them down, so at night is good too.
Q10 ~ Which authors inspire you the most, and how? ~ I love Adriana Trigiani, Kate Mosse, Lesley Downer, Arthur Golden, Molly Cochran, to name a few of my favourite authors. Of course I love the classics, That's a given.
Q11 ~ How do you overcome the writer's demons: Procrastination and Self-Doubt? ~ I used to suffer greatly from these two demons, but maturity (?) has taught me to push them away and just go for it. Occasionally they rear their ugly heads, but I keep writing anyway.
Q12 ~ What aspect of your writing is strongest, and what needs the most improvement? ~ I think my character development and world-building are my strongest writing skills. I'll leave it to others to decide the answer to the second question.
Q13 ~ What was the best part of the worst thing you've written? ~ That the manuscript is buried under the patio never to be released on to an unsuspecting world!
Q14 ~ What advice do you have for others who want to be writers? ~ Write, write and then...write.
Q15 ~ What form of marketing works best for promoting your work? ~ I'm trying everything, but at the moment my favourite is Goodreads. I think great reviews and word-of-mouth has to be best.
Q16 ~ If life is a bowl of cherries, what does life as a bowl of cherries look like? ~ Happy, healthy and safe family, great book reviews and sales, and a study looking out of French windows onto a beautiful garden.
Q17 ~ Who is your rock, the one who encourages you the most and why? ~ My husband has always believed in me, as have my daughters. My seven-year-old granddaughter, Scarlet is very proud to be my personal assistant. They have never once discouraged me or disrespected my dream.
Q18 ~ What do you do apart from writing? ~ I help my husband run our countryside management business. I like to walk somewhere lovely every weekend, and I try to get to London, a few miles away and where I was born, as often as possible. I seem to do lots of baking, usually with my grandchildren. I also like to paint in watercolour.
Q19 ~ Where can people find more about you and your work? ~ I have a website www.valentinahepburn.com, I'm on Twitter and Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon. Also if readers want to contact me, they can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q20 ~ What one question should this interviewer have asked and how would you answer it? ~
Q~ Will you ever stop writing?
Many thanks to Doug Schwartz for this interview