I’m so blessed this week we have author/illustrator Victoria Woten with us for our author interview!
Victoria, or Aunty as I call her lol, I’m so glad I finally am able to interview you. You have published your first children’s book and I’ve got so many fun and exciting questions for you, so let’s get started!
What made you want to be a writer?
I never thought about it at first. Sometimes I would journal or write little songs or snippets for personal use. I wrote a little piece on housekeeping and baking and another on some Bible verses, all unpublished. Then I decided to give it a try.
What genre’s do you write or delve into?
Currently for children but, possibly adults.
Tell us about your children’s book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
Mrs. Wonderland is the main character. She comes down from Heaven to help children, spreading love and happiness, and making dreams come true. She loves children. She’s a bit like a fairy godmother, nanny, angel all rolled in one. I also add my own recipe in every book. The first recipe is Mrs. Wonderland’s Chocolate Fudge Delights.
My book is available at Amazon Kindle and paperback, bookstores, and online retailers.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author and then become an author?
Reading is so good for you! Of course it’s educational. Reading opens your mind and unlocks the keys to creativity and imagination.
What made you want to write stories for kids?
I enjoyed making up stories to tell my granddaughter when she was young.
What message do you want to send to the children who read your book?
I want to show good character traits. I wish to inspire children to love one another, always have hope, believe in themselves and build confidence, to show kindness, sharing, friendship, and beauty within. I also want to show them God’s love without telling them so that anyone may read it.
How long did it take you to illustrate your book?
6-9 months working daily in my spare time.
Where did the inspiration for Mrs. Wonderland, the actual character, come from?
Through prayer and meditation she came to me one day. Her lovely world opened up in my imagination and from there I could see her in many examples and stories. Later I told a bedtime story to my granddaughter then wrote it down. I kept it and pondered for a long time until I decided to try writing a book. This is the first of the series.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
The publishing process is exciting but very stressful, meeting the time table and everything coming together how you would like.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
Quiet at home or driving.
Do you need special treats or goodies to help you write?
A cup of tea or coffee is nice
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel?
Fear of rejection. When you write and illustrate, it feels very personal coming from your heart.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
Family, God, friends.
How do you market your book?
Online through Amazon and a Face Book Page, plus word of mouth.
Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
Family and friends
Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
Very small, mostly just family.
What sorts of things do you enjoy when Victoria isn’t writing?
My favorite hobby is porcelain doll making. I enjoy making up characters and stories and design their costumes. I also like baking and spending time with family, friends, and God/Bible study.
Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. I know this may seem silly but allow your readers to know more about you.
Chocolate and I like a rainbow of colors
What was your favorite children’s book growing up?
My favorite book was a fairy tale book my mom use to read to us.
Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you enjoy.
Peanut M & M’s or Plain M & M’s?
Christmas or Thanksgiving?
Spring, Summer, or Winter?
Winter and spring
Spaghettios or Raviolis?
Romance movie or Disney movie?
Zoo or a Theme Park?
Morning, Afternoon or Night?
Morning and night
Kool-aid or Gatoraide?
Coke or Pepsi?
Is there any mistakes you made with your first book?
I made plenty of mistakes. My book was too long and a bit boring especially for younger children. My illustrations were all hand drawn but I should of used digital help to make them more professional looking.
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors or published authors?
Never give up. Always have hope. Follow your heart and your dreams. If you want to do something then keep persevering even if you don’t think you are good at it. It’s very hard to accomplish good things in life and, you will probably fail a few times but, the end results will be worth the fight to get there and the rewards so great!
When in doubt, who helps you out?
When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
I am working on a second book in the Mrs. Wonderland series which I hope to finish for Christmas.
Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
Thanks so much for joining us this week, Victoria I mean Aunty lol. Everyone, you must grab a copy of Mrs. Wonderland. If you have children that love dolls, you can see the unique drawings of where her inspiration derives. They will positively love this little character. And I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to see the next installment of Mrs. Wonderland in December. But you don’t have to wait for the first one! Grab it now and follow Victoria Woten to get updates on her upcoming children’s books. We wish her blessings.
Everyone, so glad you joined us as well this week. Please follow this blog for next week’s author interview! You never know who will surprise us!