I’m interviewing Victoria Bernadine, author of chicklit novel “A Life Less Ordinary”. Bolded are my questions, responses are in regular font.
1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Staying motivated enough through Editing Hell in order to truly finish the story. The initial writing is great! Editing has it’s own pleasures (yes, I’m sick) but it can be tedious. And neverending. I have to play hooky by writing other stories in order to keep motivated – LOL.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of A Life Less Ordinary?
It’s about a forty-five year old woman who gets fed up with her life. She quits her job, sells her house and runs away on a six month road trip intent on rediscovering herself and accompanied by a handsome younger man.
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
This began as a stand-alone, but I do have a sequel started…much to my chagrin – LOL.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It varies, depending on what’s going on in my life. It’s more important to me to write every day, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes. On average, though, I spend at least 1-2 hours per day. I know, I know – I need to spend more time (although in my defense, this is the average amount of time – LOL).
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Hmmm. That’s tough, because it changes. I really enjoy Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells books (Size 12 is Not Fat; Size 14 is Not Fat Either; Big Boned; Size 12 and Ready to Rock; The Bride Wore Size 12 – although I haven’t read the last two yet). Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not sure if they’re really considered to be the same genre as mine…but close enough, I think! 😀
6) What are you working on now?
I’m working on a romantic comedy called Along Came Jones. It’s about a man whose long-term girlfriend breaks up with him, and a woman who’s a recluse. I’m working towards a May release date for it. 🙂
About the Book
Author: Victoria Bernadine
Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary Fiction
For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.
After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.
Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.
Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008.
Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.
She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.
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