An Interview with Victoria Adams

VA-DiC-432x648_2Tell us about yourself.

I’m Victoria Adams. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and house full of pets. Daughter has grown up and is now teaching. I like to garden, cook and belly dance. I’ve been writing since I was little. Being an only child, long car rides were filled with making up stories in my head about the people I saw out the car window.

Where can readers find you?

Blog – Victoria’s Pages of Romance –
FaceBook –
Facebook Author Page –
Facebook – Circles Trilogy Page –
Twitter –
Website –
Google+ – Victoria Adams
Wattpad –
Plus – Triberr, Amazon Author, LinkedIn, SocialOmph, Goodreads etc

Connect with me. I love to chat with readers.

What genres do you write and why?

I write new adult and contemporary romance and contemporary flash fiction. Why? Well the why is attached to why I write that style and why I write. I’ve always written. Telling sotries was something I have always been able to do. I taught high school for a long – a Looooong time – and one day one of my gr 12 students complained that there was nothing for her to read. This was pre-Twilight. So I wrote a book for her – Dancing in Circles.

In my flash fiction, I have been venturing into contemporary fantasy, contemporary time travel. Experimenting so to speak.

Tell us about your current series.

Circles Trilogy is comprised of Dancing in Circles, Circles Divided and Circles Interlocked.

Blurb for Circles Trilogy

Dancing in Circles. One born into privilege and a charmed life surrounded by love and family. The other born to a life of violence on the streets as the solemn gang leader of the notorious Shoresmen. A young, idealistic co-ed, Julie, meets a jaded, cold gang member, Robert, and cracks his icy shell, allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul.

Circles Divided Is the love of a girl from wealthy Westland and a street punk from the slums of the Shore strong enough to surpass all that life will throw at them and forge a life together? Is Julie willing to sacrifice her childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer for the man she loves? Is Robert willing to lay down his ties to the gang in order to hold onto his new found love? Sacrifices must be made, but will they be enough?VA-CDivided-432x648_with_tats_2

Circles Interlocked – Having been betrayed by the man she assumed she was destined to be with forever; Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday in an angry ending to their brief love affair. Heartbroken that her love affair didn’t end with the fairy tale Happily Ever After, Julie leaves town to pursue her dream of being a dancer. As fate has a curious sense of humor, eight years later, they wake up in bed together. Now it is up to love to fix what time cannot mend.

Buy Links
Dancing in Circles –
Circles Divided –
Circles Interlocked –
PaperBack –

Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Lol – yea. Back in the Stone Age days when authors submitted paper submissions to agents, I sent out – over time – hundreds – and was rejected by all. Many asked for the full manuscript of Dancing in Circles and all said the said thing. Loved the book, but it’s too old for YA and too young for contemporary. I chatted with agents who asked me to either make my characters 3 or 4 years – younger or older.

But I’d written this for a 17 year old and I left Julie’s and Robert’s ages what they were.
Skip forward in time due to life considerations, I got back into writing and decided to indie published Dancing in Circles and then a few years later the genre NA – new adult became popular.
Unfortunately I wrote a genre that didn’t exist. Now, I’ll stick to being an indie.

All self-pubbed books are rumoured to be shoddily edited. What do you say to that?

I’d say a bunch of snobs should get over themselves and quit being terrified of the competition.
Google – editing mistakes in Twilight. Editing mistakes in 50 Shades of Grey. And for the holy grail – editing mistakes in Harry Potter.
I’ve seen editing boo-boos in Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rex Stout and those books were published in the day when books went through several editors.

What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I wanted to be a cowboy, but then someone pointed out I had to be a boy. So I swiched to nurse, because they wore cool clothes. Then I learned about needles, blood and bed pans and moved on. I never thought about being a writer. Being an author is what Agatha Christie did. I just wrote stories.

Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?

I don’t read NA or contemporary romance – other than all the wonderful mss that I critique or beta. And I have read lots of wonderful works.
I love mysteries. Old English mysteries. I love to curl up next to the woodstove with a hot chocolate and get lost in some English manor – with a dead body in it.

What is your next project and when will it be released?

A Guy and A Girl is the working title of my next project, but I’ve used that title for so long, it’s beginning to stick. I am in the middle of edits from my beta and am hoping to have a summer release date.

Do you have any free promotions you’d like to tell us about?
Yes, to one lucky commenter, I will send a free ecopy of Dancing in Circles – if they like NA or Circles Interlocked – if they like contemporary romance. The commenter has to tell me one. Oh, and leave your email address.

VA-CInterlocked-432x648_2Excerpt Circles interlocked

Julie’s fingers trembled as she opened the envelope.

If you’re reading this then something went wrong and I guess I’m dead. Sorry. But that’s only one more screw up to add to my list. I’ve messed things up a lot in this relationship. Why do people who should never be together fall in love?
I should’ve never met you and I certainly shouldn’t have fallen in love with you, but I did. I never stopped loving you once in the years we were apart. Telling you this now seems a little stupid, I guess I should’ve done it before I let you go back to Langston.
A long time ago – in high school – we had to write an assignment for our last English essay. You and I had broken up and everyone was mad at me for being such a bastard. For my essay, I handed in a poem. Yea me, I wrote a poem. Mrs. Wolmsely liked it – hell, she gave me an “A”.
She wanted to read it in class. She was hoping you’d forgive me. Which is exactly what I didn’t want. I wanted you to go dance. I wanted you to live out your dream. I’m sorry I screwed up on that. Anyway, this is my poem. I’ve revised it a bit. It was only two verses long then. I wanted to call it LOVE SUCKS, but I didn’t think Mrs. Wolmsely would like that.
She possessed my being –
Gave me a future –
A life.
Our souls intertwined –
Fantasies fulfilled

Reality intruded.
One’s dream realized
One’s destroyed.
A heart broken
The pain –
Where a heart should be
A void existed.
The expanse of days
Became years.
A dream withered.

By chance –
Two faces meet
And smile
Lips touch
Love strikes once more.

My being possessed –
Desires fulfilled –
A dream revived.
A future
With Love!

I don’t know why I told you all this. All I wanted to do is tell you I love you, but it seemed cold and impersonal on paper. Please don’t grieve for me. Remember our good times together. Forget the bad stuff. Have a happy life, full of love and joy.
With Love,

19 thoughts on “An Interview with Victoria Adams

  1. Great interview, Victoria. I agree wholeheartedly on the editing in indies thought. Mistakes happen. One of mine had just two commas and one missing word and I still got in trouble for it in a review. I’ve found errors in every book I’ve ever read, even popular ones, including those you mentioned. Your Circle books look great. I love that you saw a need for NA for older teens before NA came to be. Best luck. 🙂

    • No one has asked that. I needed Robert to be a “bad boy” and I thought about what my students would think was “bad” and yet cool and gang leader seemed to be a way I could cover both bases.

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