Continuing my Wyrd Worlds II interview series I have another one of my fellow authors. Victoria Zigler contributed “The Quest for the Purple Pumpkin” in which a young girl travels to a world filled with wonders, and incredible dangers.
Where do you live and write from?
“I live in a town by the sea in the South-East of England. I write wherever I happen to be as long as I have tools on hand I can use for the purpose. Although, most of my writing is either done while sitting at my desk, or while sitting in bed with my laptop on my knees.”
When did you start writing?
“I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I learned to read and write at the age of three, and started writing poems and stories as soon as I learned how; I know I was definitely writing them at the age of five, since I have a copy of one I wrote at that age. I think I was about seven or eight when I decided I wanted to one day be a published author, but it was 2012 when I published my first book and could actually call myself an author.”
What genre(s) do you write?
“I mainly write for children. Mostly fantasy stories, fairy tales, and animal stories, though I do also have an entire series of children’s books about a little boy named Toby’s struggles to adapt after losing his sight.
I also write poetry. Mostly I don’t put a recommended reading age on my poems, though I do have one short collection that’s specifically aimed at children.”
What was your inspiration behind The Quest for the Purple Pumpkin?
“I was thinking one night about all the stories I’ve read where people end up in fantasy worlds after stumbling through magical doorways they didn’t know existed. I thought about how those people seem to either manage to get back the same way, are sent back by someone in the world who has magic to do this, wake up and find it’s a dream, or stay there for good. I wondered what would happen if none of those options was available. What if the doorway disappeared, it wasn’t safe to stay there, or ask for help to get home, and it wasn’t a dream? I decided there’d have to be something in that world that could send you home. I also decided that even if most people in a world had a problem with the idea of someone from another world coming to theirs, there would be some who didn’t feel that way. Next thing I know, I’ve got the idea for ‘Quest For The Purple Pumpkin’ floating about in my head.
I don’t know why I used a world of elves, though I do like elves. I guess elves were just right for the story. I don’t know why I decided on a pumpkin either, but I do know the reason it’s a purple one is because I wanted it to be a different colour to your average pumpkin, and purple is my favourite colour.”
Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I can’t do routines. I sometimes wish I could, and have tried several times to make one work, but they’ve never lasted more than a few days. This is mostly because I have an irregular sleeping schedule, and with a sleeping schedule that’s so random I don’t know from one day to the next when I’ll sleep or how long for, a routine would be difficult to say the least. The nearest thing I have to a writing routine is the fact that I always try to write something each day, be it just a few words, or several pages. There are days I struggle with this, and days the words flow so easily I can write an entire draft of a story without stopping.”
Tell us about your latest book outside of Wyrd Worlds
“I have two books I’m going to mention here. One was published a little over a week before ‘Wyrd Worlds II’ was published, and the other is pre-released and will be available at the end of October.
‘Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge’ is the seventh and final book in a series of books about my own dog; a West Highland White Terrier named Keroberous. The series is a semi-fictionalized account of some of the things that happened to him in his life, as I imagine they would appear from his point of view. I originally only planned to write six books for the series, which were published in 2013, but I decided to write a seventh book after I had to put him to sleep in August. It was my way of saying goodbye to a dog who was much more than just a pet to me. I hope I did him justice with the story, and that the book will help someone else one day when it comes time for them to say goodbye to a furry friend. It was both the most difficult thing I’ve ever written, and the easiest thing I’ve ever written. Most difficult because of the subject matter; I was crying the whole time I was writing it. Easiest, because I knew what I wanted to write without even thinking about it; the words just flowed from my fingertips. The book was published a month to the day from the date I had to put the real Kero to sleep.
‘Vinnie The Vegetarian Zombie’ is a story about a little girl’s encounter with a vegetarian turned zombie, who breaks in to the fruit and vegetable shop where she’s waiting in hiding for her Mother’s return during a zombie apocalypse. It’s my answer to a question that randomly popped in to my head about whether or not being turned in to a zombie would make a vegetarian suddenly abandon their dietry preferences from life.”
Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
“Indie publishing. If self-publishing my books wasn’t an option, I’d try my luck with a traditional publisher, but – to be honest – I’m glad I have the option to self-publish, since I like the freedom it gives me to pick my own publishing dates. I also like the freedom to decide for myself what to publish next.
If, for example, I’m writing one story and another cries out to be written, and I finnish the new story first, I can go ahead and publish the new one while continuing to work on the old one. But, if I was working with a traditional publisher, I’d have to focus on the one the publisher is waiting for, and the new story may not even get to see the light of day. Which would be sad, since the whole purpose of a story is for it to be told, and – if written down – for it to be read.”
What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
“My main goal as a writer is to write all the stories bouncing about in my head and begging to be written. I’d also like to get enough recognition as an author that I have a decent sized group of people waiting eagerly for my next release; it doesn’t need to be thousands, but a few more than I have now would be nice.
As for what I’m doing to achieve those goals: I write a lot, which is all I need to do to achieve my main goal. The second part is more difficult, but I’m doing my best with that one by offering my readers the best stories I can, and promoting my books every chance I get.”
A big thank you to Victoria for taking a moment to answer a few questions, and if you would like to discover more from this author click here.