I’m interviewing Victoria Bernadine today, author of “A Life Less Ordinary”, a chicklit contemporary novel. Enjoy!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I’m forty-something, the youngest of eight children, a farm kid (although not a farm adult), and I after twenty-some years of writer’s block, I began writing again in 2008. A Life Less Ordinary has been my most ambitious work to date.
2) Tell us about your book.
It’s about a forty-something woman who realizes her life is stalled, and she decides to quit her job and go on a six month road trip with a travelling companion she finds through a personal ad. The book is about what happens to them and their friends/families during that time.
3) What inspired you to write A Life Less Ordinary?
I was frustrated with my job/life, and since I couldn’t quit and go on the road, I had Manny (the main character) do it for me. J
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
That’s a toughie as it depends on what stage I’m at with a story. I try to write every day (although there’ve been some days that I’ve skipped recently). The amount of time each day depends on what else is going on in my life. I’d say I spend at least 1-2 hours per day (7-14 hours/week), and usually more. Right now I’m in Editing Hell, so it’s not so much the time or the word count, but how many sections or scenes I get through each day. LOL
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Stephen King, Sir Terry Pratchett, and Christopher Brookmyre. I think any one of them would eat me for lunch, but I’d still enjoy being destroyed – LOL.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on another chick lit/romantic comedy called Along Came Jones. It’s about a Ferrin Jones, who’s heart is broken when his long-term girlfriend breaks up with him, and a woman named Lou Upjohn, who’s a recluse living in small-town Saskatchewan, Canada. Um. Yeah. I don’t know where this one came from…LOL.
A Life Less Ordinary
Author: Victoria Bernadine
Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary Fiction
For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.
After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.
Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.
Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008.
Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.
She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.
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