Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister. When she was 7, Vicki moved with her family to British Columbia. Then in her early twenties to Western Washington, where she now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married for almost 20 years, and has 3 children. For the past 10 years, she has home schooled her children, and she also teaches elementary school art. Her other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, 2 cats, named Frodo and Fritz, and 1 parakeet, named Pauly. She did have a pet rat named Raymond; when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, good movies and just hanging out with friends and family. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was 12. She would sit at the kitchen table, and read the Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe she can touch someone with her story in a similar way.
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Thank you for this interview Victoria. Can you tell us what your latest book, The Magic Warble, is all about?
My book, The Magic Warble, is a fantasy story, listed as Juvenile fiction, but I feel it is for all ages. I’d say Juvenile and Young adult fiction are still my favorite categories to read.
Growing up reading CS Lewis’s beloved Narnia Chronicles has influenced me in writing The Magic Warble. My story is about a 12 year old girl named Kristina Kingsly, who hates to go to school because she doesn’t fit in. She’s bullied by some of the kids, and they make her daily life miserable. I created this aspect of my main characters life, because as a child, I had experienced dealing with bullies in school myself, and I remember hating to go because of them.
My parents owned their own piano store and they up and moved it many times, so before the age of 13, I had made 5 major moves, and had been to 7 different public schools. I can remember this being difficult for me, especially having to leave friends I had made, and even worse having to make new ones, which I was not good at.
I named the main character “Kristina” after my daughter Kristina, who is now 14. Even so, my book’s character is not characterized after my daughter. Kristina in The Magic Warble is definitely her own unique person.
In the story, Kristina receives a gift from her teacher at school, and it’s this gift that magically takes her to another world, where she finds out that she not only fits in, but is chosen for a very important task, and if she completes the task, she will change the destiny of the land. Throughout her journey, Kristina meets all kinds of characters, such as dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and a teenage boy named Werrien, who ends up going along with her on her adventure. Along her perilous journey, she will not only have her strength tested but her heart as well.
I wrote this story because, I love fairy tales and fantasy stories, and I have a big imagination that I thought I may as well put to good use. Once I got started writing the manuscript, I couldn’t stop. My characters seemed to take on a life of their own and I felt that I owed it to them to finish their story. This may seem a little weird, but when you spend a great amount of time writing a story, you do, or at least I do get very attached to my characters.
Even though The Magic Warble is a fantasy filled with adventure, suspense and intrigue, the underlying message is one of faith, hope, perseverance, friendship and love.
Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
This is my first novel.
How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
I would say that writing The Magic Warble was difficult at times because I did experience writers block and I still do. When this happens, my first instinct is to stress out about it, but that only has an adverse effect on my creative writing. What I’ve found works best for me, is to do the exact opposite. I usually take a break from writing for a day or two, and try not to think about it at all. This allows my mind to relax and when I relax new ideas come to me.
How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
I have had many kids tell me that The Magic Warble is their favorite book. One young boy of 10 years old, who reads, but never finishes books, read my book in a couple of days. He said he couldn’t put it down, and that he was going to read it again right after he had finished it. One lady told me that the ending made her cry. Another young girl made me a card, thanking me for writing my story and told me that she could relate to my main character Kristina, who gets bullied at school, for she is experiencing the same thing. I also get asked quite often, when the sequel will be available.
What is your daily writing routine?
I think that I have an unusual daily writing routine. I only write for about 10 minutes at a time, and then get up and do other things like cooking and laundry for about 10 minutes at a time as well. So I’m up and down from my computer about every 10 minutes from morning till night, but this way I get what needs to be done around the house and I get my writing in as well as relieve my back and legs more often from sitting to long.
When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
House work, or homework with my kids. I always look forward to watching a little TV or a good movie at night before I go to bed.
What book changed your life?
I can’t say that any book has changed my life, but the books that have been a great influence on me in writing The Magic Warble is C S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia
If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
Journey to a Dream. The life of Victoria Simcox
Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
That my underlying theme in The Magic Warble is one of faith, hope, perseverance friendship and love.
Thank you for this interview Victoria. I wish you much success on your latest release, The Magic Warble!