About the Author
Virginia Vayna was born in Dayton, Ohio. During 1999, she moved to Long Beach, California, where she lived on a sailboat for three-years. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and she holds a Master of Social Science. Virginia enjoys writing historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery and YA. Her first book, The Hunters and the Queen, is the first book in her Element series.
On a separate note, Virginia never turns down a soft pretzel. Condiment of choice? Typically mustard, but hot sauce is a close second.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I like a trusting relationship that makes me feel good about the world. Romantic fiction provides the opportunity to explore the positive compatibility between characters, and how such compatibility develops into love. I like writing about love that empowers a character to improve their being, love that provides safety, independence and confidence for both people involved in the relationship.
Tell us about how you write:
I do research. For the Hunters and the Queen, I researched the old kingdom of Gallia Belgica, I researched the Constantine Empire, I researched Constantinople and modern day Turkey, and I researched reincarnation. I read over books, journals and websites.
I tried to write at least 1,000 words per day, but this didn’t always happen. Some days I didn’t write, some days I wrote more than my goal word-count, and other days I wrote under the 1000-word count. After I finished a chapter, then I would edit the chapter. I always have an outline, it might be a loose outline, but it’s an outline.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often have scenarios that run through my head. The shower is a good place for this to occur. Often character dialogue plays in my head, and I write it down and refer to the passages later. Sometimes the dialogues work and sometimes they don’t work.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. I find story lines therapeutic in their development, so writing provides an escape at times. Don’t let negativity deter you from your craft. There is a story inside you, so tell it to us and let us hear your words.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am fairly new to the self-publishing world. I like to have a lot of options, and self-publishing provides vast opportunities.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publicizing is very time consuming, but it is a part of self-publishing. Having someone who could help a writer, such as an agent or a publisher, takes some of that responsibility away from the writer so the writer can focus on their writing. With that in mind, a writer is still responsible for marketing their book. Self-publishing provides tremendous opportunity for an independent author, but good things often take time to develop. Everyone has a different path when they self-publish.
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