This new author is a color inside the lines Human Resources professional living in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex by day. After her family consisting of a husband of almost twenty years, three kids and two dogs have filled her evenings with laughter, she sits down to her laptop to write tales of the first moments of falling in love when nothing else seems to matter.
As a fortieth birthday present to herself, she decided to share her stories. Vallory Vance is the pen name she uses to write contemporary romances that range from sweet to spicy. Connect with Vallory:
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MF: Share a little about Vallory the person and Vallory the writer.
VV: Vallory Vance is the pen name for a wife and mom living in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. She is fairly boring and spends a lot of time in the library researching her family history. Vallory Vance, the writer is a free spirit who writes spicy stories about falling in love among other things.
MF: What books have most influenced your life?
VV: One Hundred Years of Solitude, East of Eden and Song of Solomon come to mind because they embrace the theme of continuity in life, which isn’t always a good thing. We aren’t doomed to repeat the sins of our Fathers but it is easy to do if we aren’t careful.
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
VV: The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe! I would love to live in Narnia and witness the battles and the ensuing peace.
MF: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
VV: I don’t have one yet. I’m a new author and have just started meeting and connecting with other writers.
MF: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
VV: I started reading fairly early. I can still remember the look of surprise on my first grade teacher’s face when she pulled me into her lap to review the alphabet and I was able to read the sentences underneath. I started copying stories and changing the endings soon after that. I may have invented fan fiction.
MF: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
VV: Once the story is put onto my virtual papers, the hard work of re-writing and editing begins. I tend to lose steam at this point.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
VV: “Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King, On Writing
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
VV: I read across many genres, but always find myself coming back to sagas.
MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
VV: I’m working on two projects right now. The Rose Gold Collection is a three book series about three women at different stages in their lives who work for Rose Gold Events, a party planning company. During the series, they’ll find love and laughter and a deep friendship to last a lifetime.
I’m also working on the debut novella for the Portia Andrade Mystery series. Portia Andrade is a multicultural New Orleanian sleuth who uses a special gift of sight and the fact that everybody in New Orleans knows everybody else to solve crimes on historic Algiers Point.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
VV: Get to know other writers. Take classes! And read, read, read!