I am beyond thrilled to have Victoria Lamb by the blog today as a part of her blog tour for Witchstruck! I am SO excited Witchstruck is finally coming out here in the US – I have had it on my wishlist since it first came out last year, so watch for my review of it a bit closer to the book’s release date, the 24th. :)
Victoria Lamb grew up in the peaceful Isle of Man, benefiting from a vast library of books and a family of writers from which to take inspiration. She now lives with her own family in a three-hundred year old farmhouse on the fringes of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, where she walks most days and writes in a study overlooking fields of moorland ponies.
She has a serious addiction to Twitter, and invites other such addicts to chat with her there about books and nonsense.
What character from literature would you want as your sidekick in day to day life? – Merlin from Mary Stewart’s series that begins with The Crystal Cave. He is a great and talented magician, and grows up to be much feared in England, yet is hugely sympathetic as a character. You could ask him anything, however strange or difficult, and he would have some kind of answer, and not judge you for it.
If you could have a conversation with any author (dead or alive) about writing, who would it be?
– It would have to be my mother, Charlotte Lamb, who died in 2000 and was a bestselling romantic and historical novelist. I was largely a poet while she was alive, and didn’t really start publishing popular fiction until after she had died, so missed out on all those fun ‘my editor says … ’ conversations over morning coffee. Her agent is now my agent though, so there is a link to the past there.
What sort of research did you do for Witchstruck? – I didn’t need to research Tudor England much beyond what I already knew, as I write Tudor fiction for adults in my Lucy Morgan series. But I did have to research old woodcuts and pictures to discover what Woodstock Palace – pulled down centuries ago – might have looked like. I also researched the finer details of Elizabeth and Mary’s relationship, and their grim fight over Catholicism. Although in constant danger of heresy, the stubborn Elizabeth only ever paid lip-service to Catholicism during Mary’s reign, promptly returning England to the Protestant faith once she came to the throne. Luckily these royal sisters’ struggle over religion is very well-documented!
What does a typical writing day look like for you? – Confused! I get up every day intending to take my current novel by storm, and end up squeezing my writing time around emails, phone calls, blog posts, endless Twitter and Facebook convos, reading other people’s novels – ‘for inspiration’, ahem – and constantly nibbling at naughty snacks. Somewhere amidst that chaos I usually manage at least 1000 words a day, and often nearer 2000.
What book would you make required reading for everyone? – I don’t believe anyone should be ‘required’ to read a particular book. Even if the book was ‘good’, having to read it would swiftly become indoctrination and that’s against my principles. I believe in the freedom of the individual to choose, even if their choice is stupid or dangerous (so long as it harms no one but themselves). Freedom of choice is probably one of the underlying themes of most of my novels, in fact.
What is next for you? – I still have the final book of the Tudor Witch trilogy to finish writing, currently entitled Witchrise, which will be published in 2014, I believe. Then I have a new epic fantasy novel for YA readers to share with my agent, the first in a series which I am writing with my husband, who’s a sci-fi and fantasy editor. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
That is SO exciting Victoria! I am all about more epic fantasy, particularly in the world of YA :) Now make sure to follow along with the rest of the tour
Monday, September 16th – All Things Urban Fantasy
Wednesday, September 18th – The Book Cellar
Friday, September 20th – Harlequin Tour Stop
Monday, September 23th – Two Chicks on Books
Wednesday, September 25th – Oh Chrys
Friday, September 27th – Magical Urban Fantasy
Monday, September 30th – Unabridged Bookshelf
Wednesday, October 2nd – Such a Novel Idea
Friday, October 4th – Chapter by Chapter
And for all the details on the tour visit the WITCHSTRUCK Tour Page.
Publication date: September 24th by Harlequin Teen
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If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.
If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.
Meg Lytton has always known she is different—that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.
With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.
The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy
Now there is also two fabulous giveaways going along with the tour –
The first giveaway is a daily one for the chance to win a copy of WITCHSTRUCK!
The second giveaway is for personalized astrological birth chart and Amazon gift card for framing!
Please note that both the daily and grand prize give-aways are for US/Canada participants only. See full contest rules here.