It's another lovely sunny day out and my visit to the doctors this morning wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, so on that positive note let's enjoy the latest guest authors revisited interview. I first interviewed her back in January (you can read the interview here), you can find out below what she has been up to since then.
What has changed in your life since we last spoke?
Well the most notable change has been the release of my second Strange Stories book Strange Worlds. Releasing my first Strange Stories collection, Strange Love was a massive learning curve. Hopefully now I have managed to apply that new knowledge to this book.
I also now have for the first time in a few years, just the one work in progress (although I have a feeling that won’t last for long!), and am really enjoying focussing my energy in just one alternate universe.
Have you learnt any new wisdom?
I would hope so! I think I have learned a lot about the editing process. Strange Worlds is much longer than Strange Love, and where Strange Love was more a collection of moments and emotional snapshots, Strange Worlds goes into a lot more depth. I got a lot more people involved in the beta reading/editing process with this collection, and I think it is much stronger for it.
Have you become a better writer? If so, how?
Aside from what I just said about editing, I do think I have honed my craft over the last year or so. Practise is a part of it, of course but I think I have gained a better understanding on tense – using it to create effect in short stories and of the use of passive or active voice. I have played around with a few different styles, and feel I am getting to know my own voice more.
One reviewer of my latest collection (who had read and reviewed my first) said “In my first review I think I said her style is a mixture of the masters of this genre: Jorge Luis Borges, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Mikhail Bulgakov. Her second book of stories is even better” Obviously the comparisons in that review took my breath away, but the fact that the reader had noticed a development of my style made me feel amazing.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am sure the short story muse will descend on me again soon but for now I am focussed on my novel-length WIP, Before Digital Dreams. It is quite a multi-stranded storyline and I am really enjoying being so thoroughly immersed in it. In just the one dystopian sci-fi I get to make several different cities set in different times with characters I am relishing spending time with.
Tell us about your latest release and how we can find out more.
Strange Worlds –Surreal Stories and Tainted Tales is a collection of fifteen dark short stories that take your imagination on a journey from before birth until after death.
Along the way we meet leprechauns, genies, angels, vampires and zombies and see them in a whole new light. You get to spend the night in a mind of a would-be murderer, see what happens when an angel takes the place of one of the most vulnerable in our society, and find out just what happens after the zombie apocalypse, when all of the humans are long gone.
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be an un-born baby, or felt the windows of the abandoned apartment block you walk past on your way to the shops were watching you then this is the collection for you.
We are each our own Strange World.
You can find Strange Worlds on Amazon.com as a paperback http://amzn.to/18Ypwcs and for your e-reader http://amzn.to/117p1Xf
And on Amazon.co.uk as a paperback http://amzn.to/Zjo9lH and for your e-reader http://amzn.to/12ms59c
Or from Createspace as a paperback http://bit.ly/12wVVBe
You can keep up to date with news of other projects on my website http://victoria-pearson.webs.com/
Or follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/vspearson
or goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6457491.Victoria_Pearson