About the Book:
Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.
Virginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.
From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.
She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.
I’ve included two pictures: the honest one (what was actually on my desk when you asked), and the tailored one, (what I would like everyone to think is on my desk at all times). Let’s talk about the honest one first. Atop the pile sits my laptop, my primary tool for writing, editing, marketing, and my freelance gigs of translating, formatting, and cover design. I use a standing desk because otherwise I would spend way too much of my life in a chair. Beneath my laptop you can see a piece of paper sticking out, this is covered in calculations for page numbers and spine thickness for cover design. To the right of that is my glasses cloth. My daughter has a tendency to snatch my glasses off my face (she’s one) and that leaves greasy fingerprints on the lenses so I try to keep that cloth close at hand. Beneath that is the proof copy of Traitor’s Hope. Of course I had it on my desk for final revisions (weeks ago) and then it sort of just… became a part of the pile. Underneath that is my laptop case (much good it does me underneath everything) and beneath that is an envelope full of business receipts. Sandwiched between the two is a piece of mail relating to a linguistic study for infants. To the right of all of that sits a spare pair of glasses (I use a cheap online glasses retailer so I have extra pairs), an envelope containing stickers to use as a bookfairy (I participated in #hideabookday this year), a coaster that I crocheted myself, three pens, and a reminder to take my dog to the vet, beneath that is a check that I already deposited via my smartphone. In other words my desk is a mess, as it usually is. However, when I have taken a moment to clean my desk (as I did after the honest photo) it looks like it does in the staged photo, nothing but my laptop (actually in its case for once), a hot coffee, and some favorite notebooks and pens.
10 Favorite Books and 1 that isn’t (make us guess which one!)
- Homeland – RA Salvatore
- Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
- Ancillary Justice – Anne Leckie
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
- Queen of the Darkness – Anne Bishop
- The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper
- A Light in the Attic – Shel Silverstein
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
- Anathem – Neal Stephenson
- Graceling – Kristin Cashore
What books did you read as a child that inspired you to write?
All the books. Honestly, I don’t remember being particularly picky as a child when it came to reading. Though the ones that I remember most distinctly were Madeleine L’Engle books and Roald Dahl.
Songlist for your book
I listen to Pandora while writing, so I never get the same song list twice (Pandora provides recommendations based on songs that you have thumbed up or down over time). And then everything depends on the mood for each scene. So, I would use a Lindsey Stirling playlist for epic scenes or sweeping battles, or use a Zoe Keating playlist for moodier scenes, or time spent in the woods, or plot intrigue, or a Ratatat playlist for scenes of Mishi kicking butt… oh and also a Glitch Mob playlist works well for fight scenes.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
Well, to be frank, I have a one year old daughter, so my writing days are mostly writing nights lately. I spend the daylight hours doing brief bouts of marketing, blogging, freelance work (graphic design and formatting), and revision, and then get my writing done at night after my daughter is asleep. The thing is, I struggle to get new fiction written without a steady chunk of uninterrupted time to do it. I can also eke out small bits here and there, but I prefer, and do better work with, a larger chunk of time without other demands on me. So, between 10pm and 2am I put on headphones, listen to instrumental music, and get my writing on. I stop only when my eyes start to close against my will, and then call it a night. On the days where I do get to write during daylight hours (usually days when my husband is home) I still put on headphones and listen to music, but also consume copious amounts of caffeine.
1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.
3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.