Friday, August 5, 2016

Books, Chocolate and Wine with Victoria Pinder

It’s Friday and time to celebrate another week. The summer is zipping by and there is still so much I want to do, although sitting by a pool and reading seems to be the perfect activity for this weekend. Each person has their preferences for spending their down time just like they have preferences for how they work. Today, my guest, Victoria Pinder tells us how she writes.

1.      What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?
The first ten thousand words are easy. I’m getting to know my characters. I’m getting what happened to them. Then around that word count I have to stop and ask myself, ‘what’s the plot?’ I have to spend a day thinking about what might happen to these characters, but honestly, if I believed that the plot was set in stone, I’d never write another word. I have to think about it and let the characters rule the story. Most of the time it is sequentially, but it’s not exactly a fully formed plot either. I consider myself a hybrid in writing style.
2.      Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?
I wish I didn’t need revisions! I generally complete the manuscript (but not always if I feel something is absolutely horrible about the story. Then I have to think about it until the fix hits me.) This doesn’t mean it’s done though. Revisions are my friend.
3.      When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?
If I’m in charge the story is awful! If I’m in the character’s head then I’m in the zone and the story flows easier.
4.      What advice do you have for other writers?
Never listen to negativity that is not meant to be helpful. People will always try to steal your shine. On the other side, there are great experts who will be critical in order to help you. If you can distinguish the difference, then you’re in the best position.
5.      Why did you decide to become a romance author?
Write what you love to read and think about. I loved reading romance novels. I read thousands of them. So when my imagination soars the story usually ends in a happy-ever-after. Once I realized I wanted to try my hand at writing then the genre was the easy choice.
6.      What books can we expect to see in the near future?
I have my Secret series that will be out by the end of the year. It’s my ode to prime time dramas where it meets a romance novel, so expect surprises and lots of dramatic turns.
7.      What makes a man attractive to you?
This was my favorite question! It made me think about lots of options that are attractive. Nice hair, sexy eyes, five o’clock shadows, some body hair, muscular body. Oh so much to think about, but the truth is I’m far more attracted to man with brains. Intellect and the ability surprise me in conversation… this is the most attractive part of a man. I’d pick brains over brawn every time.
8.      Tell us a little about the state/country you live in.
I live in Miami, FL.  I moved from cold Boston to the warmth of the subtropic weather. In the winters I don’t regret it at all. In the summer, the humidity is swampy and sticky and makes you not want to move. I live in a multicultural climate that is unlike anywhere else. It makes you appreciate different foods, different cultures and so much. I highly recommend it.
9.      If you were a millionaire would you still write?
ABSOLUTELY! I could write even more! If I didn’t have to go to the day job, then I could devote myself to my family and my writing. If I had a billion dollars, I’d write, travel and spend time with my family.
10.  Cat or dog person?
I grew up with cats. They are interesting, fun, and unique individuals. Other people’s dogs are fun, but if I have to choose, I’m going with a cat.
Back Cover Copy for Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush:

Penny moves back to Miami to start her new job. She must start on Monday, so she has a list of things to accomplish.
  1. Find a place to live.
  2. Avoid her mother.
  3. Reconnect with old high school friends. There was her best friend, Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother Wyatt, and her old high school crush Jay.
Jay may have kept her firmly in the “friend zone”, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. Her five friends have stood by her through some difficult times and she’ll need their help now to accomplish her first two goals. As soon as Jay sees Penny, he puts his plan into motion. His investors need to see him with a stable woman, one who isn’t all flash and no brains; Penny fits the bill perfectly. There’s just one hitch—he wants more. 

Their pretend date sets off a whirlwind of plots. From mothers who want to control their children’s lives to the loss of her exciting new job, Penny’s world turns upside down. She knows she can overcome all obstacles except one—she’s falling for Jay all over again.

Excerpt from Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush:

“Home, sweet, err…coffee.”
Getting out of her car, Penelope brushed her worn jeans to get out a small wrinkle. Not that it mattered. She smelled the coffee drawing her to the door. The delicious aroma of freshly brewed java that could wake her up waited inside. Gainesville had coffee shops, but nothing that held her heart like this place. In high school, this place was her mecca. Her stomach grumbled for the familiar drink.
The coffee shop looked almost the same as it had years ago, except for the aluminum tables and wooden chairs with red cushions. She remembered the plaid chairs and brown tables, but the place still calmed her, like she was coming home.
She stepped up to the counter. “I’ll have a cinnamon dulce nonfat latte, please.”
Leaving Gainesville after college had always been the plan. Just never back to Miami, but she’d changed. She could live here now.
She checked her lip gloss while she waited for the latte at the counter.
When she accepted the promotion from part-time to full-time, she knew she would have to face her mother and the catch of the month, Lars, her mother’s plastic surgeon. What that woman would do for a free tummy tuck.
The job she’d accepted had offered to triple her salary, provided she moved to the Coral Gables office. Somehow, she’d avoid her mother until necessary. What was the man’s name with money this week? Penny ignored that last call, knowing the man with the largest wallet always took precedence over whatever Penelope needed. She watched the barista get the nonfat milk and finish her latte. She’d succeed here, now. She had to.
She’d call Sandra, Eva, John, and Michael later. Wyatt, her half-brother, was stationed overseas, so she’d wait for his weekly call. These people were her real family.
The man handed her the latte. The first sip gave her the strength to do this. The tightness of the ride dissipated while she tasted her liquid savior. Sighing, she tasted heaven, the wake-up to her day.
Though the unmistakable voice was deeper, she knew who it was without even turning. Her high school crush, who never noticed her beyond her brain. Pulling at her pink tank top, she wished she’d worn better clothes. “John Jay.”
His steely blue eyes and sandy blond hair were the same color, but his build had grown more muscular. The leanness of his youth had given way to broad shoulders and hard, muscular arms. He had a straight, faded scar on his left cheek that was new—probably a bar fight. Rich boy wore his fancy, perfectly fitted polo and jeans, and was definitely hotter with age. His million-dollar smile and devastating dimples sparked a warm flush that sped through her all the way to the tips of her toes.
“I’m going by Jay these days. It’s less formal.” He winked at her, turning off his tablet and pointing her to his table.
“It’s a good name, but I still prefer Dimples,” she teased. “It’s what I called you on online whenever I needed you.”
His rich, deep laugh sent that familiar spark through her.
Damn. Rich boy knew his effect on women, including her. He could manipulate her when she went quiet, but she’d learned a lot in college. She’d not let him weaken her.
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About the Author:
Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.
She’s always been determined. She is amazing, adventurous and assured on a regular basis. Her website is
Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.
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