Hi everyone! Today I’m really excited to bring you a slightly different post. Fellow blogger Victoria Lynn is hosting a blog tour to celebrate the publication anniversary of her book London in the Dark, and I’m participating!
It seemed opportune since I’ve been thinking a lot about Christians and the arts lately, and Victoria is a lovely example of someone seeking to use their gifts for the glory of God. I ask her more about that in my interview with her! Plus you can get more information about her book, and enter the giveaway she’s hosting this weekend.
About London in the Dark
Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.
Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents. She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.
Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.
Meet the Author
Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.
My Interview w/Victoria
Welcome to the blog, Victoria! I’m so excited to have you here.
Thanks so much for having me Grace! I am excited to be here!
When did you start writing?
I have always been writing stories. I have lots of notebooks and binders full of things I have written over the years. It was about three years ago that I started writing with the idea of publishing in mind.
What advice do you have for young people who want to start pursuing their passion?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. To push yourself. Learn everything you can about what you want to do, and most importantly, pray and ask God’s blessing and guidance.
How do you incorporate your faith into your writing?
It’s not so much a matter of incorporating as it is a matter of letting it flow. I can’t seem to write anything without the truth of God’s word flowing into it. And I hope and pray that God breathes into my writing and uses it to encourage others.
What impact have writing and storytelling had on your life?
Ooh. that’s a tough question. It has really given me a purpose. I’ve really found something special in doing this and it feels like such a gift. I feel so blessed to be able to do this and to have so much inspiration.
What does a day in your writing life look like? How do you find balance between writing and other responsibilities, such as family?
Good question, to be honest, I find a hard time balancing it in the other direction. Writing is something that I have to find and make time for. It’s hard, but I have to be purposeful about it and MAKE the time to write, or it will fall by the wayside and I tend to put it off. Any small moment is worth it.
What are a few books that you think everyone should read?
Every girl should read Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. Louisa May Alcott was the biggest inspiration of mine along with L.M. Montgomery and Grace Livingston Hill. Some other little-known classics are by Gene Stratton Porter. Read Freckles. Your life won’t be the same. 😀
What are your plans for future books?
London in the Dark is the first book of a trilogy. Book two is coming along quite nicely and I hope to finish the first draft in the next few months. I am also nearly finished with a modern suspense that I hope to have published by the end of the year. Lots of great things happening and I can’t wait to share them with the world. 😀
Thanks, Victoria! Best wishes in all your future writing endeavors. It’s so great to connect with someone seeking to honor God with their art.
Thanks so much for having me Grace, it has been a pleasure!
Victoria is hosting a giveaway to celebrate! Here are the details:
First Place winner must be in the United States only. Winner receives one paperback autographed copy of London in the Dark, a London themed t-shirt of their choice from my Zazzle shop, and one Book Themed mug designed by me from my Zazzle shop.
2 second place winners. Open internationally. Receives one ebook copy of London in the Dark.
Find Victoria Lynn around the web:
Go check out these links and give Victoria some love!
I’ll be reviewing London in the Dark sometime in the next month, so keep an eye out for that too!
Have you read London in the Dark? Will you read it? How do you make time for the things you love to do? Share in the comments!