Monday, 30 July 2012
I would like to welcome, a very special guest on my blog, author Victoria Connelly
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I started my first novel when I was fourteen and used to pass it under the table for my friends to read during Maths lessons. It once got confiscated and the teacher, Mr Rowan, started to read it which was highly embarrassing but, luckily, it didn’t put me off writing.
When I was trying to get published, I kept hearing this phrase ‘USP’. Your book has got to have a USP agents would tell me – a ‘Unique Selling Point’. I’d written a romantic comedy which got me a lot of attention but it didn’t have that ‘USP’.
It was shortly after this that I came up with the idea for Flights of Angels - a story about a young widow called Claudie who has her own group of tiny guardian angels to take care of her. Angels, I thought - that was my USP! I was so excited about this because I truly believed I’d found the secret of success and, when I sent that novel out into the world, I waited with baited breath.
And then the rejections came and I felt so silly for having dared to be too different. In fact, the rejections got to me so much that I stopped writing the novel until a dear friend read the beginning and told me that I had to finish it because it was the best thing she’d ever read.
So, I finished the book and I’m so glad I did because Flights of Angels was my first novel to get published although, bizarrely, not in the UK. The publisher was in Germany. I believe it’s rather unusual to have your first novel accepted by a foreign country but Germany did an amazing job and it was even turned into a film and my husband and I got to fly out to Berlin and were invited to be extras – an experience I’ll never ever forget. And I wish you could see those little guardian angels on film – they were adorable!
Then came two more magical romantic comedies. Unmasking Elena Montella about a woman who is given a magical Venetian mask which helps her choose which of her three (yes – three!) fiancés is the right one for her. And Three Graces about a young woman who marries a duke and goes to live in his ancestral home only to find it’s haunted by a rather opinionated eighteenth-century ghost.
I had so much fun writing these books but they were never published in the UK even though they’d done so well in Germany. So I’ve decided to make them available on Kindle where you can buy them individually or as a trilogy called It’s Magic.
I love rom coms with a touch of magic and have been influenced by films like Blithe Spirit, The Ghost and Mrs Muir and Truly Madly Deeply and I hope my own magical rom coms can give readers some of the happiness that these films have given me.
To buy Flights of Angels click here
To buy It's Magic click here
Twitter - @VictoriaDarcy