Friday, February 4, 2011

with Victoria Burks

Welcome to The Book Loft, Victoria.
What started you on your writing journey?

Several years ago while recuperating from a severe back injury, I had an unusual dream one night. It seemed as though I was watching a live performance of the basic plot of A Legacy of Love. Not one to dream often, the next morning I questioned God about my reverie. I said, “God, why would I dream a dream like that?” Inside my heart I heard the words, “Write the book.”

Immediately I counteracted with, “Write the book? Excuse me, God, but I believe you are at the wrong address. I’m sure you meant to go to the home of Victoria Holt, not my house.” But the thought to “write the book” would not leave my heart or mind. Finally, I sent my daughter to purchase some writing pads and mechanical pencils. While I lay flat of my back in the weeks ahead, I held pad and pencil above my head recording the story I had seen in my dream.

As I obeyed the call in my heart, the subplots came in addition to the original plot. Ten weeks and at least a dozen writing tablets later, the first draft of my novel was now complete. Soon afterwards, I received a miracle of healing and was able to sit at my desk once again where I began the process of entering the manuscript into my computer.

The following year, after receiving an encouraging word from Francine Rivers who had read the first three chapters of my novel at a writing conference, I finished the manuscript. After much editing, I finally found the courage to send the manuscript to a publisher and the rest is history. A Legacy of Love was released November 9, 2010.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I find that I have to have quiet around me in order to write. I know some writers can tune out the white noise, but it is difficult for me to do so.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Works by Francine Rivers and Brandilyn Collins are my favorite reads. However, I read a variety of novels, especially those in inspirational romantic suspense.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
The caretaker of Stratford Hall, Annie O’Brien was most interesting. I saw in Annie the divine nature of Christ, His love, His grace, and His forgiveness portrayed in her words and actions, although she wasn’t perfect by any means as none of us are.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
If I’m serious, it would have to be worship music. I love to worship my Lord and Savior. But for fun, I would definitely be swing.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Being an organized person most of the time and a person who likes to plan in advance, I suppose the quirkiest thing I ever did was let my friend, Sue, talk me into a spur of the moment road trip to Portland, Oregon. We were gone two weeks and the trip turned out to be one of the most delightful times in my life.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes. I’m not ordinarily a procrastinator, but since I’ve started a second career in writing, that’s all I want to do. Writing has become a passion. It’s difficult to leave my keyboard and go to my day job as the office manager for my husband’s business.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Italian food is my favorite. Anything pasta. The Olive Garden is my family’s favorite restaurant.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Yes. Over the years I’ve written SS lessons for both adults and children, puppet skits, a Christmas play, a twelve-week study on the Twenty-third Psalm, and recently a nine-week course on Biblical Hospitality in Today’s World.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
There are so many scriptures that have special meaning for me. But the scripture that is most influential in my life is Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

A wife, mother to eleven children, grandmother to thirty-one grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, I’ve done a lot of asking in my sixty-three years. I’ve stood on that scripture many times (and still do) for my family, church family, and friends. I’ve discovered that He will always do “exceeding abundantly above all that I can ask or think.” To God be the glory for all He has done in my life.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next novel “Bittersweet Justice” will be released the fall of 2011. It is a heart-wrenching tale of murder, intrigue, and romance that will keep the reader turning the pages until the last sentence is read.

Since age twelve, Colin Lambert has believed his father, Stuart, innocent of murdering Braxton Lambert, heir of the deceased Oklahoma oil baron, Walter Delaney Lambert, founder of the former Lambert Oil Enterprises. Stuart, serving a life sentence for his father’s murder, becomes terminally ill, his prognosis six months of life at best. When Colin learns this distressing news, he determines that his father will not die in prison.

Colin begins the quest to discover the identity of his grandfather’s true killer when he has to travel to his boyhood home, Haven, Oklahoma, to attend the funeral of his great-uncle, Maxwell Lambert. Ignoring his mother’s warning to stay away from Haven, Colin takes time off from his advertising agency in St. Louis, Missouri to search for evidence that will reopen the twenty-five year-old cold case.

Although aided by law enforcement and Tulsa World reporters Julie Lonetree and Jack Granger, Colin soon discovers the jeopardy surrounding his pursuit when perilous events occur to thwart Colin’s attempt to bring justice to his father.

Overwhelmed by his responsibilities to care for aging relatives, newly discovered family secrets, and his attraction to Julie, Colin turns to his faith in God to sustain him. However, when his great-aunt, Beatrice Lambert, disappears from Briarwood, the family estate, Colin is forced to re-evaluate his goal to exonerate his father of the long ago crime. Is justice worth the risk his endeavor now entails?

You can purchase A Legacy of Love from Amazon.

Victoria is giving away a copy of A Legacy of Love. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Linda said...

Too bad I didn't get a dream to write into a book when I had my three surgeries! But I'll gladly read yours!

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to read this book!

Maureen said...

Wow Girl...Eleven Children!! Way to go, you have blessings abound!!
Please include me!

Charity U said...

Please enter me! It sounds like a great book.

Marianne said...

Thank you for your post...glad you followed your dream! and are sharing it with us. would love to win. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I am the friend who talked Victoria in taking the road trip to was a great and delightful we still laugh about!
I am so happy Vicky followered her dream...she is a very talented woman. I enjoyed her book and saw her delightful personality exploding all through the pages of Legacy of Love and it will keep you guessing as to 'who done it.' I look forward to her next book.

karenk said...

great posting...would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Meredith said...

11 Children and so many grand and great-grandchildren! A busy, busy woman!!! What a blessing to have such a big family.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

"A Legacy of Love" has a very unusual cover. I want to read what's inside. I'd love to win this book.


apple blossom said...

thanks for the post. love to be entered in drawing.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

lgm52 said...

Interesting interview. Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway.


Charity said...

Sounds like a neat book. Please enter me. Thanks!


windycindy said...

I really enjoy reading about the life
of authors! Thanks for an enjoyable
Many thanks, Cindi

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