Meeting Victoria Zigler – A Most Remarkable Lady

Tori Zigler  “My name is Victoria Zigler, but most people just call me Tori.”  So says my very special guest for today.  Tori is a remarkable lady, and I use that term meaning all it infers, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself…

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When did you first discover the desire to write was so strong in you?

“I’ve loved to read and write since I first learned how to. I was taught to read and write at the age of three because I wanted to do “homework” like my big brother. By the time I was in full time school shortly after turning four I was in love with the written word and already attempting to write short stories and poems. None of them were any good in those first few years, but by the time I was about seven I could write a good enough story to earn a medal in a writing competition. I still have the medal.”

Do you usually write in the same genre you tend to prefer to read?

“I’ll read almost anything, but my favourite books are fantasy books and children’s books, and since I write children’s books – often with a fantasy theme to them – I’ll have to say, yes.”

Have you been influenced and/or inspired by another writer, or writers?

“Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales, Beatrix Potter’s animal themed Peter Rabbit series, and both Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl’s books were a big influence to me growing up, and I think still influence my writing today.”

Do past or current events in your life have an influence on your writing?

“Yes, past events influence my writing. I think past events often influence someone’s writing. It’s something you can’t avoid happening. Although, with my Toby’s Tales series it was intentional.”

Have you got a favourite author, who stands well ahead of all others?

“I don’t think one author stands out. I have a few favourite authors, but if I pick one of them I’ll feel bad for not having picked the others!”

Have you got both printed and digital books published?

“No. I only have digital books published. It’s not that I don’t want to have my books available in print, it’s just that it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe one day, but not yet.”

Do you try to write to satisfy what is fashionable, or do you write pieces that you would want to read?

“I write what I have ideas for. If what I write is fashionable, great, but if not then I just have to hope it’s good enough to interest people. Besides, fashions change so quickly that keeping up with trends is difficult to say the least. Also, working with ideas that pop in to your head of their own accord is usually easier than working with ones that someone forces on you.”

How do you fit writing into your life? Do you have set times for writing?

“I don’t actually have set times for anything. I tried routines, but they don’t work for me, partly due to an irregular sleep pattern. The only way things get done at specific times in my house is if someone else sets the times (for example, medical appointments we have to get to, events we want to go to, or trains we have to catch to get to somewhere before it closes). So, I just write when I feel it’s a good time to write, which can be any time of the day or night.”

Do you keep every jotting of ideas, just in case they might be developed at some later date?

“Yes. I have my ‘notes and ideas’ file, with snippets of ideas for potential future stories and notes on ones I’m working on in it.”

Do you write freeform or do you faithfully plan every piece meticulously before you start on a piece?

“I write freeform. I’ll just let the words flow freely on the first draft, not even stopping to check for typos or spelling and grammar mistakes. Then I slowly go through it a few times until I think it’s done. Then I go through again just to be sure. I think I end up doing about five or six drafts before I’m completely happy with something. But one thing I don’t do is plan out the story. I tried planning, but I felt it took the life out of the story. I prefer to just go with the flow and see where the story takes me. I mean, I’ll have an idea in my head of where I want to end up at the end of the story, but how I’ll get there is usually a mystery even to me until it’s written.”

When writing, most authors now use a computer of some description. Which do you find more satisfying: writing using any means available, using a computer, using a typewriter or using a pen/pencil?

“I’ll write using any means available to me, but most of the time I use a computer. I have a laptop intentionally so I can have it to hand and take it with me if I go away somewhere. Not that I go away that often, but since my family is spread all over the place I want to have the option.”

Have you ever been somewhere and discovered a copy of a book that’s extremely difficult to find, and drooled over the discovery?

“Yes. I get unbelievably excited if I find a copy of a book I’ve been failing to get hold of. Discovering books you’ve been looking for is more exciting than Christmas!”

What is your greatest ambition in writing?

“I’d love to be a well-known author. I’m not searching for enormous amounts of fame or anything like that – though it would be nice. I just want to be well-known enough that there are several people waiting eagerly for my next book. And I’d love to be in the top sellers list somewhere.”

Where can readers find out more about your works?

Website
Smashwords
Goodreads
Facebook author page
Twitter

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Tori: In Her Own Words

“My name is Victoria, but most people call me Tori. I’m a blind, vegetarian author of children’s books and poetry. Born in the shadow of the Black Mountains in Wales, I now live in the South East of England with my husband, Kelly, a West Highland White Terrier named Keroberous, and four degus whose names are Jacob, Jasper, Jenks and Joshua.

“My favourite things to do are reading and writing, but I also enjoy watching movies and some TV shows, listening to music, doing various crafts (such as knitting and cardmaking), playing roleplaying games (such as Dungeons And Dragons), playing figure games (such as Monsterpocalypse and Classic BattleTech) and doing the odd bit of baking. I also have an interest in history (especially Stone Age and Egyptian history) and love almost everything to do with animals and nature (except spiders and creepy crawly bug things).”

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The Books of Victoria Zigler

The Magical Chapters Trilogy:

  1. Witchlet
  2. The Pineapple Loving Dragon
  3. A Magical Storm

The Toby’s Tales Series:

  1. Toby’s New World
  2. Toby’s Monsters
  3. Toby’s Outing
  4. Toby’s Games
  5. Toby’s Special School

The Kero’s World Series:

  1. Kero Goes Walkies
  2. Kero Celebrates His Birthday
  3. Kero Gets Sick
  4. Kero Celebrates Halloween (due for release October 2013)
  5. Kero Goes To Town (due for release November 2013)
  6. Kero Celebrates Christmas (due for release December 2013)

Stand Alone Stories:

Bluebell The Fairy Guide

Frank The Friendly Ogre

The Great Tadpole Rescue

Asha’s Big Adventure (due for release August 2013)

Snowball The Oddball Kobold (due for release September 2013)

Poetry Books:

Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems

My Friends Of Fur And Feather

The Light Of Dawn And Other Poems

Waves Of Broken Dreams And Other Poems

The Leaf Monster And Other Children’s Poems (due for release September 2013)

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In the Words of Jennifer Priester: An Author Interview

scan0143 Please welcome author Jennifer Priester to Imagineer-ing!  Defying being cast as a genre-specific writer, Jennifer offers her readers a wide selection of delights.  But let’s hear the facts from Jennifer herself…

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When did you first discover the desire to write was so strong in you?

I discovered this back when I was in second grade. I just started writing and never stopped.

Do you usually write in the same genre you tend to prefer to read?

I do write in the same genre I read, although I am more subject based than genre and read almost all genres so I also write in multiple genres. Currently these genre’s include: fantasy, children’s fiction, short stories, sci-fi/fantasy, sci-fi, general fiction, nonfiction, comic books, graphic novels, and supernatural…I think. There may be others and I’m actually not sure supernatural is a genre. The subjects I read and write about are animals, the relationships between humans and animals, magic, the supernatural, and superheroes, space travel, and alternate realities or dimensions. At this time I also read a lot of books with the subject of time travel, but I don’t write about it… yet.

When reading, do you prefer traditional printed books or ebooks?

I still prefer to read print books, but I have begun to buy and read some books in eBook format, and actually when buying a book new if it is available as an eBook this is how I will buy it.

Have you been influenced and/or inspired by another writer, or writers?

My first book/book series, Mortal Realm Witch, was more inspired by a TV show than anything else, but over the course of my writing, writers such as David Clement-Davies, Erin Hunter, Richard Adams, and more have influenced and inspired me to some degree, especially on my currently unpublished books featuring adventures about animals.

Do past or current events in your life have an influence on your writing?

They do and sometimes certain events get written directly into a story I am working on, such as my unpublished comic book/graphic novel; Spider and Jackal which is about the relationship between the two dogs I used to own. Many of the stories in this book actually happened. A story of mine that is in my untitled book of animal adventures called; “Pit-bull Park” was actually inspired by the Pit-bull bans that have been happening in many places. Current events in my life, and current events in general, influence my writing more than past ones, but although I will probably never reveal which ones, past events have had some influence.

Have you got a favourite author, who stands well ahead of all others?

For me, it is actually a group of authors who write under the name of Erin Hunter. The Erin Hunters are my favourite animal fantasy writers. I really love all three book series; Warriors, Seekers, and Survivors. When trying to figure out how to write animal battles that felt natural, meaning they reflect the animals behaviour realistically, even though my first one was wolves and the Erin Hunters don’t write about wolves, I often referred back to the battles written about in the various Warriors book series.

Have you got both printed and digital books published?

MRW Learning About Magic with title My first book, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, is available in both formats, but at the moment the eBook is Kindle exclusive, which I am not sure if this will change or not. Most of my other books will be available in both formats. No book will be print exclusive, but a few will be only available as a digital book such as a couple of free stories I am working on and a two book eBook exclusive.

Do you try to write to satisfy what is fashionable, or do you write pieces that you would want to read?

I only write what interests me. Overall I write for myself and hope that others will like it as much as I do. Sometimes I am interested in something that is currently fashionable and sometimes I am not. I only read what I am interested in, and never read anything just because it is fashionable so why would I write this way? I don’t see the point, because I write for the reason that I enjoy doing it and if I’m not liking what I am writing about, chances are my readers won’t like what I wrote either, because I feel a writer needs to love what they write for the book to have any appeal to readers.

How do you fit writing into your life? Do you have set times for writing?

I don’t usually have set writing times. I have tried this and usually ended up throwing out what I wrote because it sounded really stupid to me, so I just write as I get ideas. I have always been writing and it has always been a fun thing for me, so writing more or less fits into my life as both my work and my play. Even when I have no plans on writing I usually end up doing it anyway so there really is no need to schedule specific time to do so.

Do you keep every jotting of ideas, just in case they might be developed at some later date?

I actually often wait a while after I get an idea, and if it sticks with me for twenty four hours or more, only then do I consider it to be a good idea and write it down. Often these are pieces for stories already being developed, but sometimes they are completely new ideas for stories. The only times I write down an idea right away is when it is something that came to me in a dream. Because even my best dreams often disappear as soon as I wake up and from that first moment I begin to forget more and more of it, I usually grab a pencil and notebook as fast as I can get to them and write down everything I can remember. Sometimes I end up writing everything out of order, but if once I get back to it and reread what I wrote, and still really like it, I will rewrite it in order or in whatever order seems to be the best for the story I am planning on it becoming. Sometimes I also begin to write out as much of the actual story right away and other times I wait to see if more ideas come first.

Do you write freeform or do you faithfully plan every piece meticulously before you start on a piece?

I usually write freeform. When ideas come, they come and usually they don’t stop until I stop writing. Sometimes, when I am at a stuck point or I have had so many different pieces that I have written down for later use in a certain story do I find the need to organize and plan out where my story is heading and what I want to happen in it.

When writing, most authors now use a computer of some description. Which do you find more satisfying: writing using any means available, using a computer, using a typewriter or using a pen/pencil?

I prefer to use a mechanical pencil and a notebook for my writing. Because I usually need to watch TV while I write and because I find myself able to use a pencil for longer than I can type this is how I prefer to write. I also am able to get my ideas down faster and I make less mistakes this way. I always type everything up on the computer after I either stop writing and haven’t been back to a story in a while to organize and make everything easier to read, or after completion of a story.

Have you ever been somewhere and discovered a copy of a book that’s extremely difficult to find, and drooled over the discovery?

Not exactly. I have found some U.K. books that are hard to find in the U.S. which I was excited to get, but considering I could always get these books from the U.K. they aren’t considered to be extremely difficult to find.

If you’ve had books published in print form, have you ever come across a copy of one of your own books by accident?

No, but once I almost accidentally grabbed my own book in the library on impulse just because the cover got my attention. I realized it was mine before actually grabbing it.

What is your greatest ambition in writing?

I would really love for my writing to make money, but overall I hope to write things that are both fun for me to write and entertaining for my readers.

Where can readers find out more about your works?

MRW_2 The Magic Continues Edited 5 w title and sized to 5x8 There are many places, but the best place for readers to learn more, at this time, is by visiting my website: www.mortalrealmwitch.com, and my author blog: www.animalsandmagic.wordpress.com. Eventually the websites of: www.ammoonlightcreations.com and www.jenniferpriester.com will also be places to learn more because the Mortal Realm Witch site will become exclusive to the series. When this happens the best place to learn about my works will be the Jennifer Priester site, but for now everything including my books that aren’t part of the Mortal Realm Witch series are on this site. Some direct links to my works are:

Mortal Realm Witch series: booksmrwseries
Other non-series works in progress: otherbooksbyjenniferpriester
Another series I am working on: animalworld
More about some of the books I am working on: meettheanipals
More about the Mortal Realm Witch series: meetthecharacters
Discover my writing (Free PDF story): freetoreadstories
Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic Excerpts: 3-book-excerpts-mortal-realm-witch-learning-about-magic

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B Lloyd – An Author Interview

"Greenwood Tree" by B LloydPlease welcome B Lloyd!  This author interview is a follow up to yesterday’s cover reveal post for her new book, Greenwood Tree.

When did you first discover the desire to write was so strong in you?

I’ve been scribbling and doodling since I could put pen to paper, and I think it is something that ran in the family on my mother’s side.

Do you usually write in the same genre you tend to prefer to read?

I think so – although, I have been experimenting with steampunk (well, my version of it!) which is not something I typically read.

When reading, do you prefer traditional printed books or ebooks?

I have long been intrigued by the idea of being able to carry huge library-worth’s of books around with me in one book-size piece of technology… I am now quite used to both, although it can be trickier to turn the pages back on an e-book!

Have you been influenced and/or inspired by another writer, or writers?

Surely lots – favourites include T. L. Peacock, Sheridan Le Fanu, M. James, D. L. Sayers, Dickens, Collins and many, many others…

Have you got both printed and digital books published?

Greenwood Tree will be available in both formats.

Do you try to write to satisfy what is fashionable, or do you write pieces that you would want to read?

I think mystery and detective fiction has never quite gone out of fashion (luckily, as these count among some of my favourite genres!) so again, a combination of writing the sort of book I would want to read, coupled with what could be marketable; although having said that, it is possible to market almost anything. As one sees everyday online…)

How do you fit writing into your life? Do you have set times for writing?

I have a notebook and pen always handy into which I can scribble whatever pops into my head, so writing/drawing are always present. (Laptops are not always so convenient, although my laptop comes a close second!)

One day, I might even have a room just for writing in… one day. A writer can always dream, can’t they? They have so much practise in dreaming, after all.

Do you keep every jotting of ideas, just in case they might be developed at some later date?

Yes! Far too many – all bundled away, on paper and hard drives… waste not, want not…

Do you write freeform or do you faithfully plan every piece meticulously before you start on a piece?

It tends to be a combination – some things write themselves (generally the shorter ones), while others I start planning in detail – and it grows into something else!

When writing, most authors now use a computer of some description. Which do you find more satisfying: writing using any means available, using a computer, using a typewriter or using a pen/pencil?

It does vary; if I have a laptop, when I can type straight in, then that is convenient – but then so is pen and paper: doodling can often kickstart the whole process!

Have you ever been somewhere and discovered a copy of a book that’s extremely difficult to find, and drooled over the discovery?

A late 19th century edition of the complete works of Beaumarchais; and I can think of a few others I should like to come across – some early editions of Peacock’s Nightmare Abbey, perhaps…

What is your greatest ambition in writing?

To entertain, and share some fun. There are of course always longer, greater tales waiting to be written – and who knows, one day, like that writing room…

Are there any future writing projects you can tell us about?

Certainly! At present, the sequel to Greenwood Tree is in progress, with a further two in planning stages. I have also been collaborating on a ghost anthology with fellow authors including V. R. Christensen, Ruth Barrett, Shalini Boland and Gev Sweeney, and I have a collection of tales with my publisher. And there are more projects waiting in the wings…

Where can readers find out more about your works?

Author links :

My blog is: lloydanon.wordpress.com

On Twitter: @AuthorsAnon

More links here : about.me/B.Lloyd

Purchase links for Greenwood Tree

Amazon UK (pre-order)

(hardcover): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374563

(paperback): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374571/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Amazon US (pre-order)

(paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374571/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

(hardcover): http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374563/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

Waterstones: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/b-+lloyd/greenwood+tree/9610637/

Pre-order page on the publisher’s website: http://www.greycellspress.co.uk/pre-order-our-titles/

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