Exclusive Interview with

Vicky Walklate

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When did you start writing?

I was a voracious reader as a child and when I ran out of things to read, I started writing short stories. Then in my late teens/early twenties, inspired by Regency romances and other novels I loved, I decided to have a go at writing full-length stories. I now have Sacrifice (Book 1 in my fantasy romance series) Hellion Pride (Book 1 in my Regency mystery series), and All Yours (Book 1 in my monster romance series) out in the world. And there are lots more books to come!

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What makes writing your passion?

Sitting down at my desk to start a brand new story, work through edits or promote a published book is something I love. When it feels like a reward or treat rather than a hassle, you know it's a passion.

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

There's nothing like seeing your name on a book cover for the first time, knowing your story is out in the world for others to read. It was simultaneously terrifying, exhilarating and very fulfilling.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

As enemies to lovers is my favourite trope, I love writing contrasting characters who you wouldn't think at first glance could get along. The sunshiny human with a core of steel versus the grumpy dragon who's soft as butter on the inside; the independent hellion versus the over-protective duke; the shy, anxious human versus a dominant crocodile monster! The themes of found friendships and inner strength also play a big part in my stories.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Finding time to do it! Juggling writing with the day job, family life, housework and everything else can be exhausting. To Do lists and stern reminders about self-care and prioritisation are my lifelines.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I get writer's block when I'm over-tired or if I've written myself into a corner. I take a break from the screen and either have a shower or take the dog for a walk, where I can think about the overall story. This usually helps the answer to reveal itself. Then it's just a case of writing it down before I forget!

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

My advice to others is the same as what I tell myself: just keep writing! It’s easy to be distracted or derailed by imposter syndrome or writer's block. But no one else can get YOUR story down on paper, so even if you take a break, don't give up entirely. And don’t be afraid to let others see your work. Good critique partners and beta readers are worth their weight in gold, often spotting things you don't notice. Trust me, it's very easy to miss things when you've read your story a million times!

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I don't seek them out, but I am grateful for every single one. I have no issue with bad reviews as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Also it's important to remember that one person's 1-star read is another person's 5-star delight! I've picked up many a book after reading a negative review and thinking that the things the reviewer disliked are right up my street!

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

The buzz from a good review keeps me smiling for days. As I said, I don't seek reviews out, but coming across a good one and knowing that my work has resonated with a reader is an amazing feeling.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

I think there is a little bit of me, or who I'd like to be, in many of my characters. I like to think I have the natural optimism of Libby, the MC of Sacrifice. Having the courage and natural confidence of Tamar, the MC of Hellion Pride, would be amazing. My family would probably say I have her bossiness...

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I love connecting with readers. I'm very active on Twitter, and I also have Instagram, Facebook and TikTok accounts, so feel free to come find me and say hi.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

I think the massive grin that spreads across my face makes it obvious! It's wonderful when people appreciate my books and seek my out to tell me.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

To be able to give up my day job and write full time would be wonderful. At the moment it's not on the cards, but I'll keep putting out what I hope are fun, good quality, interesting stories in the meantime. To be asked on to a panel to talk about my books would be a particular milestone.

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