Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#Interview With Victoria Saccenti!! :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

Victoria Saccenti is joining us here today!  Victoria, will you tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

Victoria:  Hi Mistral, thank you for the opportunity to appear on your blog. I was born in Cuba, but after the big Revolution my family left the island in search of a more stable home. The US opened its welcoming arms and we have never looked back. Reading has been a lifetime passion that translated to letters and personal stories written in my diary. However, I picked up the writing bug for real four years ago, after I collaborated with an author friend, to publish a comprehensive guide for Dorothy Dunnett’s The Game of Kings, the first book of The Lymond Chronicles.

Me:  Cool!  What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Victoria:  Destiny’s Plan is my debut full-length novel. It’s the first of a planned three book series. The inspiration for the book sounds a little schizophrenic. As I was driving home from work, Matthew, the central character, flashed in my mind with his story. I tried to ignore him, but he wouldn’t relent, and here we are today.

Me:  Ha!  I think most authors can relate to that. ;-)  What are you working on now?

Victoria:  I am working on book two of The Destiny’s Series. I hope to have it ready by spring of 2016.

Me:  Terrific!  What authors, or books have influenced you?

Victoria:  I have a pretty eclectic list. The works of Salvador de Madariaga, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel García Marquez have been a huge influence. In English, Dorothy Dunnett is way up there in the list, followed by Anya Seton, M.M. Kaye, Ann Rice, and James Clavell.

Me:  Fun list! :-)  What are you reading now?

Victoria:  Currently, I’m reading El Escudo de Granada by Mario Villén Lucena.

Me:  Great!  For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?

Victoria:  I’d say, expect an emotional tour de force. Destiny’s Plan is about personal and emotional growth, but most of all it’s a story of true love struggling against the hand of Fate.

Me:  Sounds like a fun read. :-)  What is your favorite part of being an author?

Victoria:  I love living with the characters, that’s my favorite part of writing. I’m not a full pantser or plotter, I’m somewhere in between. So I get to enjoy the surprises and unexpected detours the characters present.

Me:  Yeah, I don't fall completely into either category either.  It can make writing a fun ride! :-)  Do you have a day job as well?

Victoria:  I retired two years ago from a flying career. Now I can dedicate my full attention to my characters and my dear husband, of course.
Me:  Wonderful!! :-)  What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?

Victoria:  IMO, the hardest part of being a writer is the marketing, particularly if you’re an indie writer, juggling promotion and writing can be difficult – that’s an understatement.

Me:  I think most indie authors would agree with you there. ;-)  What genre do you place your book in?

Victoria:  The book straddles two genres. It’s a romance first. Since it takes place in the 60’s it’s also considered historical fiction.

Me:  Awesome!  Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers?

Victoria:  Destiny’s Plan will remain on its current price a bit longer. I hope the readers give it a try. Please, if you like the book, leave a review. Writers live on reviews. Most of all, kindly support the Indie Writers, the field has excellent self-published authors, present company included.

Me:  Awww...Thank you!!  And so very true about the reviews!!  So these fine folks can find your book, are there any links you'd like me to post?

Victoria:  Yes, thank you Mistral.
Check out my awesome book trailer. YouTube: https://youtu.be/0-ky8VA6nrE
Facebook: http://ow.ly/Sosyi
Webpage: http://www.victoriasaccentiwrites.com
Google+: http://ow.ly/Sot9m
Amazon: http://ow.ly/Qn9xj
Smashwords: http://ow.ly/QPPrA
Barnes & Noble: http://ow.ly/QPPcF
Kobo: http://ow.ly/QPP4A
iBook, Apple: http://ow.ly/QPPmJ

Me:  Perfect!  Thank you so much for dropping by today, Victoria, and thank you everyone else too!!  Please stay tuned for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings!! :-)

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