It Started With A Note – Victoria Cooke

One lost letter. A chance to change her life!

Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty. So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps. Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

 

 

Q&A

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I have a desk in the orangery where I do most of my writing, however, when it’s cold, I’ve been known to write whilst snuggled up in bed.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Yes, my morning usually starts with a brisk walk with the dog, then coffee, then copious amounts of faffing followed by more coffee. Then I do some social media faffing and finally, a bit of writing before picking the kids up from school.

3. Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

I always have to have coffee, water, and some sort of snack. Usually, that would be crisps, but recently, and because it’s the start of the year, I’m on a health kick so I’ve been quite virtuous in choosing a piece of fruit. I’m sure I’ll be back on the crisps soon though.

4. What is your favourite book?

I don’t have a favourite book. I read so many genres that I have a few favourites within those genres or sub-genres but not one overall. I’m really indecisive so I’m terrible with having a favourite anything.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes. I love romance, particularly romantic comedy, but I also love YA dystopian, thrillers and fantasy. I’m currently writing a YA that I’m really excited about but it’s too soon to say any more.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Not really, but I do take elements from their personalities and exaggerate or manipulate them. I do like to play around with my protagonists and have them differ them quite a bit from book to book.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I try to, but I often forget so often tap notes into my phone. I have notes everywhere, in fact, if I found them all, I’d probably be able to knit together a first draft.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Science fiction. It’s just not for me and I don’t know why because I haven’t really read any. I’ve just never really enjoyed those kinds of movies.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I’d love to write a romantic comedy with someone who I know would make me laugh, someone like Marian Keys would be perfect, though I’m not sure what benefit I’d be to her, lol.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Travel is a key theme in my books and I’ve used a lot of my travel experience in my novels which mostly span America and Europe. I haven’t ever been to Canada, but I know the scenery is stunning and would make the perfect backdrop for a novel, so we’ll see what the future holds.

Thank you, Victoria Cooke and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in her hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016. Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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