19 Questions With Victoria Browne - King Feed

19 Questions With Victoria Browne

An Exclusive KingFeed Interview with Author Victoria Browne

1st Question: How old were you when you started writing?

1st Answer: I was ten, I think. But my first real attempt at writing a novel was age twenty-five. 

2nd Question: Your first book is called "Gut Feeling". What inspired you to write that book?

2nd Answer: At age twenty-four, I sought help for dyslexia, determined to learn to spell. I found out that I also had a weak short-term memory. In short, it went in one ear and out the other! I worked on developing my memory with a therapist, which helped me go back to the basics and teach myself to spell. Toward the end of my program, my therapist asked me to write a diary to help develop my reading and writing skills. I explained that I did not like writing diaries but had written some romantic scenes. My therapist suggested building a beginning and an end to one of the scenes I had written. This was the birth of my first book, Gut Feeling. The scene in the book has changed slightly from the original scene, due to its fitty shades type of encounter. You will find the non ex-rated scene in chapter two when Ashleigh meets Dave and has a daydream about him.    

3rd Question: What is your favorite childhood book?
3rd Answer: Famous Five by Enid Blyton.

4th Question: What does literary success look like to you?

4th Answer: Success for me is thousands of people buying my book, of course. It is also important for me to break down barriers for young and old writers out there who lack the self-confidence or, like me, the academic ability. 

5th Question:  Is writing your full-time job?
5th Answer: No. I am also a part-time personal fitness trainer. My fitness training pays my editor's worthwhile fees and it also gives me some much needed human interaction. 

6th Question:  Do you prefer cats or dogs?
6th Answer: Cats

7th Question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
7th Answer: I see myself as a bestselling author and helping people with literacy barriers. 

8th Question: Was it hard for you growing up with dyslexia?

8th Answer: Yes, very. As a child, I can remember thinking that one day it spelling would just come to me. I honestly believed that I’d wake up one morning and I would be able to sell as well as my friends. This thought presses helped me enjoy my years in infant school, however, it didn’t really work so good when I went to high school. Rebelling and acting out became my protection from being called names like stupid or dumb. Sadly, it also meant that teachers were less than sympathetic to my needs.    

9th Question: Describe Yourself in 3 words.
9th Answer: Loyal, positive, loving. 

10th Question: What's your favorite movie?
10th Answer: Gladiator

11th Question: Where were you born?
11th Answer: England, a large town called Croydon, in South London. 

12th Question: How many hours a day do you write?

12th Answer: I write for about four hours at a time. And I write three to four days a week. Before I became a personal fitness trainer, and I was writing full time, and I would write for four hours a day, five days a week. 

13th Question: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

13th Answer: The only secrets in my books are the characters themselves. All my characters have elements of my own personality, and the events are of situations I have found myself in. From heartache, domestic abuse, shady friendships, good friendships, jobs, and even depression. 

14th Question: What do you want to say to people who have dyslexia?

14th Answer: A good story is not a perfectly spelled story—it is an honest story. Anyone can learn to spell, but not everyone can tell a story. Don’t get hung up on the spelling, just write your story, ion out the creases after. Yes, you will have to work that much harder than others, but that ok. Just surround yourself with positive people, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to. 
 Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 

15th Question: If you had one superpower, what would it be?

15th Answer: I would say mind reading, but I think my own thought way too much as it is. So, I’m going to say… A shapeshifter, that would be pretty awesome.

16th Question: Favorite Season?
16th Answer: Summer.

17th Question: What's one thing you can't do?
17th Answer: Spell. 

18th Question: What's your biggest fear?
18th Answer: Dying. 

19th Question: Which one of your books is your favorite and why?
19th Answer: Gut feeling. Without that book, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. 

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