Victoria Wilder is a New York-based author currently revising her debut novel, Lullaby of the Lilitu, first in her series, The Acheron Journals. In addition, she is in the midst of writing her second novel, Diva.
She wrote her first “book” in the fourth grade for a writing competition featuring a haunting at a sleepover. From that, she won her first ever prize, sparking a passion for writing that has followed her into adulthood.
Victoria has been an avid reader for longer than she could talk. She has always loved dark, romantic tales and classic horror. Her favorite books as a child were Romance novels, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
What were you like at school?
I went to four different high schools, so mostly I was the “weird, new girl.” Truthfully, I was a nerd.
One of my schools was a Math and Science boarding school in Mississippi. That was amazing, as it gave me a place to fit in—to an extent.
I never quite fit anywhere I went. That’s still true today, and I’m happy about it. Back then, though, it caused a lot of stress and depression.
What was your favourite subject in school?
I was super into chemistry and biology. I also loved reading and writing/grammar classes, music, and drama/theater. Despite all that, I went to university for biochemistry and realized after the first year that it wasn’t for me
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Her Chronicles is my favorite series. In fact, it’s the only series I’ve read and truly enjoyed. I’d like my books to have a similar effect on vampire culture, as well as on young readers.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like to build a business around my writing—to support myself and my family with that business and to never have to work for someone else.
Which writers inspire you?
Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Octavia Butler, Tomi Adeyemi, Patricia Telesco
What have you written?
I’ve published a collection of poetry on Amazon titled Voix de ma Coeur, Songs of my Soul. Other than that, I’ve published a few short stories on my website, post a blog on Pagan matters, and will be publishing two separate novels in 2019.
The first is Lullaby of the Lilitu, which I’ll release in May. So, look out for it!
What book/s are you reading at present?
At the moment, I’m reading The Gates of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak and a novella by Nnedi Okarafor called Binti.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
All reviews are useful. I welcome them.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I’ve always written. I don’t think I could survive if I’m not writing something. Lullaby came from a dream and the images never left me alone.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I use Scrivener on my computer and write by hand. It’s a combination of both. I’m interested in giving dictation a shot, but the opportunity hasn’t shown itself yet.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I’m a lot more aware of modern stories, and I have a stronger understanding of my own voice. Other writers heavily influenced me in the past, but I’ve changed and grown a lot. I think that reflects in my art.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I’ve only written one complete novel so far. That one took me nearly eight years. The next one, I hope, will be written during this year’s NaNoWriMo event. So, the average may be a bit skewed.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I get lazy, for sure. At times, I do feel stuck, but I’ve learned to listen to my body more. If I’m not feeling it, chances are that’s because I’m either hungry or overtired. Once I deal with those issues and force myself to focus, the words always return. Sprints are amazing for getting through slumps.
What is your favourite positive saying?
Many writers, live with mental illness. Remembering to move forward, no matter what happens, keeps me focused on joy and growth. As long as I can move forward and accept change, I’m able to heal and grow.