This week's Author Spotlight is on Victoria Klahr.
About the Author
Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.
She released her second book That's a Lie from her Promises, Promises series on May 5. I conducted an interview with her below.
An introduction of yourself?
Well… My name is Victoria, but I go by Vic with my friends. I’m 23 years old and am married and have a four year old daughter. I have my associate’s degree in Business Administration, and I am currently getting my bachelor’s in Business. But that’s boring basic information. I’m really to my core a book nerd who really just prefers the company of fictional people over anyone else. I love Oreos and peanut butter. I love ass holes in books. I love Diet Coke. I imagine myself being a kickass heroine like Rose Hathaway when I close my eyes. And I pretend I can twerk and dance like I’m the SHIT!
What inspired you to write this book?
So for the Promises, Promises series, I really started out with the idea of having a character who had two dads. It started from there, and it formed into Josie and her story. For about two months, I would stay up every night and think of this girl and created a story. Eventually I worked up the courage to write it down. It was extremely important that things were not easy for her. I wanted her to have a tough time, but I also needed her to be strong, selfish, and realistic. I wanted angst, so I tried to write that.
If you could cast any actors to play your main characters, who would they be?
I’ve been contemplating this question for a while, and it’s actually harder than it seems for a couple characters. Josie Sommers would be played by Shay Mitchell (easy peasy). Blake would be played by Tyler Hoechlin (also easy since he was my inspiration). Seth is more difficult. I would say he would be a young David Beckham with Liam Hemsworth’slips.
Do you feel like you have anything in common with Josie?
I think as a woman, I have the same selfish tendencies that Josie has. The desire to feel loved and never feeling good enough is definitely something I relate to. Also, her obsession with Harry Potter is similar to mine- she’s a book nerd like the most of us.
Who is your favorite author?
This changes frequently. Richelle Mead would be a favorite of mine for sure. I’ve recently read a series by Tahereh Mafi, and it quickly became the best books I’ve ever read, so I would have to say she is my new favorite author. I’m also a big fan of Jennifer LArmentrout, Wendy Higgins, and SC Stephens (for the simple fact that she created Kellan Kyle).
What is your favorite book?
This also changes, but it HAS to be the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I have never felt so inspired and affected by a book/ series before. I finished the last book, sighed and knew I would forever be changed since reading that series. I have never read anything so beautifully written- she puts these words together, forming works of art in her paragraphs, and my mind and soul was forever changed when I was done.
If you could co-write with anyone, who would it be?
Hmmm…. I’ve never really thought of this before. I think I would be honored to write with a lot of authors, but maybe the following would be my favorite: Jennifer L Armentrout, Jillian Dodd, or SC Stephens.
Any advice for new writers/authors?
I think the hardest part of writing is having faith in yourself. My advice is to just write. Write what you’re feeling. Write what those pesky characters are saying in your head.Don’t overthink that part of the writing process and don’t let your own insecurities get in the way of what you want to do. Just write.