Enjoy reading historical fiction?
If so, this interview is just for you (though I hope that even if you don’t read historical fiction, you’ll stick around with us *winks*)!
As I shared yesterday for #onelinewednesday, I’ve been trying to branch out of my normal genres and today’s author introduced me to her latest release, When Beauty Blooms. (A short and great read by the way!)
To celebrate, I had a chance to chat with Victoria about music, historical eras, and social anxiety. Pull up a chair to join in on our wonderful conversation, but first check out her lovely story.
About the Book
Revolutionary War Era England
Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.
The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?
A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.
– Hi Victoria! I am SO excited to be chatting with you today! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Thank you so much for having me Laura! It is such a pleasure! Creator, Compassionate, Giver. Three words is always hard. LOL!
– Those words totally remind me of you! <3 You mention on your blog that you love creating your own music and play the piano. That’s so exciting! Have you ever created your own music for your stories?
Unfortunately, I did not receive that gifting. I am not very good at composing or improvising music. So, I haven’t. 🙁
– Aw that’s okay! Being able to play the piano is still awesome 😉 You also mention on your website that your family are “health nuts.” What are some of your favorite healthy meals? Desserts?
Okay, now you are going to make my mouth water with this question. The first thing that comes to mind is Chicken Fajita Salad. Yummy lime marinated chicken on top of lettuce with all the fixings, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheese and lime cilantro dressing. Favorite dessert: We make a pretty mean sugar free brownie.
– Yum! Can you come cook for me sometime then? 😉 Confession: Since I have seen the cover of When Beauty Blooms, I have been SO excited to read it! The cover is gorgeous! Plus, the book description is just as amazing. I noticed that this is another historical novel by you. Do you have a favorite historical era or time period?
Awww. . . Thank you so much! That completely makes my day that you love the cover so much! Right around the turn of the century is my favorite. I love the excitement, but also the trepidation that filled that era as so many people sought to find their way with new inventions, exciting historical events and the everyday challenges of life.
– I think you described that era perfectly, Victoria! So much excitement and trepidation for sure and can really see that in your latest release with the social anxiety Marjorie struggles with. If someone you knew asked for advice to help ease anxiety in social situations, what would you share?
I would advise them to breathe. As much as you think people are thinking about you, the good news is, they probably aren’t. Remind yourself that God loves you just the way you are and it’s okay to be true to yourself and who He created you to be. Regardless of the pressures, stay true to that and you won’t regret a thing.
– That’s really great advice, Victoria! I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
Hmm. . . If you are asking from this book, I would have to say either Miss Claire or Marjorie. I can see myself having a good time with either of those two ladies. <3
– Ahh I would love to meet Miss Claire! It would be interesting to see her friendship with Marjorie and how they would interact. 🙂 Lastly, what do you think you would enjoy most about being a society lady if you were one during Revolutionary War Era England?
Hmmm. . . Probably getting to have the influence to change some of the norms in that era. People were rather bigoted and very judgemental of others not in their class. I would hope to level the playing field. I’m the type of person who would rather break the mold and do what’s right, than adhere to society. But having opportunities to dress up and attend balls or teas would be such fun! Even if just for a little while. <3
– I second! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Victoria!
Thank you again for having me Laura! <3
About the Author
Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.
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