IndieView with Victoria Howard, author of The House on the Shore

I came up with the idea of using the knowledge gained from my husband who worked in the UK Offshore Oil Industry and combining it with my knowledge of running an estate. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? As I had lived in Scotland for twenty years, I had a good knowledge of the people, the history, and the landscape all of which feature in the novel. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The plot for The House on the Shore came from personal experience and knowledge. I prefer to work from a 3-5-page outline, as I quite often find my thoughts and my characters take me off in a totally different direction. I am currently working on two manuscripts; one set in Scotland and one set here in Yorkshire. The 90,000-word manuscript took approximately nine months to complete. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Do you outline? I’ll break for lunch, and then again to cook and eat dinner. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Victoria Howard – 14 December 2017
The Back Flap
Heartbroken Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I am not a plotter per se, like some of my author colleagues. Do you have a target reader? As I was living in Scotland at the time and working as an administrator for the owner of two estates, I had first hand knowledge of some of the information needed for the plot. About You
Where did you grow up? Not only did I work for a local estate, but I also managed my husband’s business, so time was often at a premium. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Do have your work professionally edited both for content, and grammar and punctuation. I also give talks regularly to such groups as the Women’s Institute, the University of the 3rd Age, Schools, and local business groups, as well as attending multi-author signing events. Her peace is short-lived. I always read the previous day’s work before starting. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre’s yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence – Anna’s croft. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Besides, I have no wish to be sued for libel or slander! No, I prefer to write in silence so that I can give fully concentrate on the manuscript. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I find it far too restrictive. If so can you please describe it? I advertise whenever possible, both on dedicated sites and on social media. She finds him annoying. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? It’s very easy for a writer to base a character on someone they know, but to do so can also be fraught with difficulty, especially if the person involved recognises himself or herself. He instantly dislikes the stunning but cranky hermit. When did you start writing the book? And what is Luke keeping from her that could deepen the danger? But there’s indisputable evidence that a hit man is on the prowl in the village. Anyone who reads romantic suspense novels. Yes, I’ve submitted to both agents and to publishers who were accepting submissions
What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? About the book
What is the book about? Where do you live now? Against their wills, they join forces and embark on an adventure neither ever imagined…including a chance at true love. How long did it take you to write it? Her peace is short-lived. Safely ensconced in her late grandmother’s cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Finding time to put words on paper! Is he after Anna or Luke? Get your copy of   The House on the Shore   from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Against their wills, they join forces and embark on an adventure neither ever imagined…including a chance at true love. Where did you get the idea from? He instantly dislikes the stunning but cranky hermit. The House on the Shore was originally published in America in 2009, and re-released in 2013. She finds him annoying. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Before I started writing romantic suspense novels, I was an avid reader of Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Alexandra Raife, and Valerie Fitzgerald, as well as the Bronte and Austen classics. We all know how important it is for writers to read. End of Interview:
For more from Victoria, visit her website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter. My manuscripts go through three or more versions before I’m finally satisfied and feel confident in submitting them either to a publisher or agent. What came easily? The House on the Shore is the story of heartbroken Anna MacDonald, who leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. I’m a strong believer that the first draft is just that and should never be submitted to a publisher. Remember, a first draft is just that. Originally my books were traditionally published, but my rights were returned to me in 2012, early 2013, at which point I decided to self-publish the existing titles. South Yorkshire, England
What are you working on now? They are mainly fictitious. You can change physical characteristics such as hair and eye colour, but emotional behaviour is often more revealing. Do you listen to music while you write? Now, I try not to read while I’m working on a manuscript as it is very easy for a writer to lose their ‘voice’ and be influenced by other’s work. My book covers and all my promotional material have been professionally designed. It is not ready for publication. And what is Luke keeping from her that could deepen the danger? Safely ensconced in her late grandmother’s cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre’s yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence – Anna’s croft. My first task is to see if any emails have arrived with requests for talks or interviews. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? And finally, do use a professional graphic designer for your cover. Is he after Anna? Then it’s down to the hard work of writing. I was living in Scotland at the time and knew I wanted to set a book there, but didn’t feel that setting a book on an estate had sufficient depth for a good plot, so I started to explore other possibilities. Liverpool, England. But there’s indisputable evidence that a hit man is on the prowl in the village. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I prefer to work from a 3-5-page outline, as I quite often find my thoughts and my characters take me off in a totally different direction. I will answer these first, then I like to read over the previous day’s work, making any changes I think necessary, and any notes I may have made about what should happen next. I find it helps keep the story to the forefront of my mind. On an ideal day, I’ll settle down in my office by mid-morning.