Being interviewed

Hey, folks, I’ve been interviewed on Bob Spear’s Book Trends Blog! Bob’s a bookstore owner who ventured into self-publishing many years ago, way back before it was fashionable. He made a success of his early nonfiction and is now back—blogging about the experience of self-publishing his series of mysteries, beginning… Read more“Being interviewed”

The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK! We did it! We got it into print. Boy, howdy, it’s been like alligator wrestling, but now it is done. I’ll tell you guys the whole self-publishing story soon, once I’ve recovered from it. Right now what you need to know is that the print version… Read more“The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual”

1 Big Reason I’m Not Writing You Guys a List Today

I would write you all a really cool post with a brand-new, fresh list of ways to make yourself crazy by storytelling in writing. . .but we just spent the entire Thanksgiving holiday working like fiends to get The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual finalized for publication…. Read more“1 Big Reason I’m Not Writing You Guys a List Today”

Dreaming a three-dimensional dream

We got home from our San Francisco trip yesterday evening to a notification from Lightning Source that the proof of my book had been shipped overnight UPS. You all know what that means, don’t you? Yes, you do. I will not be eating, breathing, or blinking today until the UPS… Read more“Dreaming a three-dimensional dream”

Still calling for favorite novels & stories

Here’s our list so far: “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote “Eveline” by James Joyce To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee A Year Down Yonder & A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck Animal Farm by George Orwell The Hunger Games & Catching Fire (YA) by Suzanne Collins… Read more“Still calling for favorite novels & stories”

Getting our ISBNs, asking for great novel recommendations

Received our ISBNs today! And they are lovely little devils. Now I’m going to open a topic for you all, because I’m outlining the Workbooks to go with THE ART & CRAFT OF FICTION, and I’m going to use a lot of examples of character development and plotting from real… Read more“Getting our ISBNs, asking for great novel recommendations”

Getting recommended by Preditors & Editors

This is worth breaking the Weekend Silence for: I just got an extremely cool recommendation from Dave Kuzminski of Preditors & Editors ™: “The only thing Victoria doesn’t reveal in The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual is the secret handshake. Otherwise, a lot of authors are going… Read more“Getting recommended by Preditors & Editors”


Please welcome into the world, folks, my first book in fourteen years: The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual. Pretty much everything that went into the first eight months of this blog is here, organized, edited, and shaped into a single all-encompassing volume on creating this wonderful thing… Read more“THE ART & CRAFT OF FICTION:<br>A PRACTITIONER’S MANUAL”