Victoria Kinnaird is 25 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English Lit. Victoria has been writing since she was 15 years old. “The Red Sun Rises” is her debut novel and she has been writing it on and off for five years. She loves rock music, and 11 of her 12 tattoos are related to bands that she loves!
Tell me something you want people to know about you:
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures when it comes to music, books or films.
Tell us how you live or walk us through a normal day for you:
I work full time, so my day is pretty normal! I get up, go to work, and then eight and a half hours later I come home! I usually have a quick dinner then I retreat to the Bat Cave to do some writing or some promo for my book. Then I usually load up the Netflix and watch something in bed. Pretty boring, I know!
Are you a full-time writer? If not, tell us about your day job:
I am not a full time writer, I have a day job that I really enjoy. I work as a customer service advisor for a company that deals with photo gifts, so it’s really fun, and I work with some great people. I’ve also become an accredited trainer recently so that has been really new and challenging.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I feel like “The Red Sun Rises” has a lot to say, but hopefully it doesn’t bash people over the head with it. I think there are a few very important themes – that it is important that you’re true to yourself, even when that’s difficult, that if you have the ability to help someone, you should. It also touches on sexuality, faith, acceptance, bullying and so on, so there’s really a lot going on there! But as long as readers enjoy it, I’m happy.
How much of the book is based off personal experiences?
Well, it’s about vampires and spell casters so not much! There are things in there that I can relate to – Eren’s love of rock music, the fact that he’s been bullied for a long time and so on, but generally speaking I don’t see much of myself in the book at all.
What are your current projects?
At the moment, I am writing the sequel to “The Red Sun Rises”. It’s called “The Red Sun Rises: Fire and Ash”.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s not something I remember happening all of a sudden, I think it was very gradual. I read a lot when I was little, and when I was finished reading the book I would find myself making up stories of my own and drawing them out in the blank pages at the back of the book. I tried my hand at poetry in my early teens and I started writing prose when I was 15.
Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you overcome it?
Thankfully it isn’t something that I come up against often, but when I do, it’s really bad. I think the best thing to do is keep calm and take a break. Try to identify where the block is coming from, that’s always the quickest way to resolve it. I overcome it by just taking a break, maybe a couple of days or a week off from writing. The ideas start to percolate in my brain in the background and then after a while I’m ready to go back to work.
What project are you working on now?
My second novel has my full attention at the moment, although I find Book 3 keeps butting in to my brain every so often!
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up, really. It sounds so cliché, but it’s true. If you want it and you stick with it, it will happen.
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The Zombie Apocalypse is a scientific possibility. What’s your plan when it happens?
Hide behind my sister. She’s very tough, and I’m pretty sure she’d be good with a gun. Plus she can cook and sew, she’d be very hand in an apocalypse situation.
When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?
Haha that’s a good question! I just hope my tattoos look okay when i’m 80!
If there’s an exception to every rule, is there an exception to that rule?
This is such a clever question! I’m thinking yes.
If you had only 24 hours left to live, what would you do?
Lie on my bed, line all my favourite albums up on iTunes and eat chocolate until I pass out.
If you need a ride at 3:00 in the morning who would you call?
My dad. He’s a taxi driver, so he’s used to it.
If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?
I would like to look a bit alternative, you know, because looking conventional would probably freak me out. I’d like to go to a rock concert and really rock out because people wouldn’t look at me funny for doing it if I was a guy!
If you were a police officer for one day what would you do with the authority?
Arrest people with really bad fake tans.
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