Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi I'm Victoria and I live in Northern California. I write for my blog, publications, and my school newspaper. I'm twenty years old thank God. I'm scared of waking up one day and realizing that I've made it to my mid-life years. I've written a poetry and short story book and I've helped published an anthology called "Limitless" for charity.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
'Chocolate Mint Nite Drives' is the name of my first poetry book. It was roughly inspired by driving with friends at night and we would just have these meaningful conversations that I know we wouldn't be having during the day. We would just talk in the car parked somewhere like a park or something and we'd shift into this existential mood and talk about the meaning of life and all of the terrible stuff out there.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I pick at my fingers sometimes when I stop to reread what I wrote. It's a terrible habit that I need to stop.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Harmony Korine wrote a book, "Pass the Bitch Chicken," and I love Harmony so of course I bought it and it's everything you'd expect from him. Jean-Paul Sartre and Camus of course have had a major influence on me, Cormac McCarthy is another, and…oh Larry Fondation. Love him.
What are you working on now?
Okay so I began writing for another book but I decided to cancel it because it ended up getting really messy and unorganized and I couldn't handle it so as of right now I'm just writing bits for my blog and other publications as I finish the semester. During winter break I hope to be in a productive spirit but who knows.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media is a great place to promote anything really: books, music, dildos, you name it. People can share the thing you're promoting which reaches others rapidly.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Put out a book that you feel needs to be published. Don't push out a book out of your ass because that right there, is a failed book, and we the readers will realize that it does not live to it's potential that it could've have.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Ernest Hemingway said that and that's how I feel when I write. As corny as it might sound, I like to write from the heart, creating a powerful and emotional piece that touches others. Writing is an art but so is everything else in life.
What are you reading now?
"The Tempest," by William Shakespeare for class. It's a good story. A classic Shakespeare late romance play.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Ahh I don't really have anything planned. I will continue to post on my blog. I'm currently trying to get my name out there for this experimental anthology that I'd like to be a part of. And um…I'll be busy next year writing stories for my school's newspaper. I'm kinda just hanging out, and watching where I want to go.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Harry Potter series, "The Secret Garden" and "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy are books that I've reread several times now. By far the best stories that have helped shape who I am today.