(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
I seriously love the book world. Getting a chance to read amazing books is awesome enough, but these days it’s extra awesome with the opportunities to connect with authors (and of course fellow readers and bloggers). It’s seriously the best and just one reason I enjoy the 4 Questions series so much. I had the chance to read Brandy’s debut a few months ago, so it’s a pleasure to have her on the blog!
Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Covered Deep, has been featured in USA TODAY and Writer’s Digest.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
I am working on my third book and mapping out my fourth. That’s hard for me to believe! I focused so long on getting The Covered Deep published that I never really considered all the books that would come after.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
This question stumped me. Of course some things come to mind. However, if just one of those things were altered, I wouldn’t be who I am today. As humans we want to live a pain free life, but there is value in sorrow and grief, especially if you are a writer.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
One of the happiest moments of my life was holding The Covered Deep in my hands. When the box came to my house I was afraid to open it. Then, when I opened the box, my entire body started shaking. When I held that first book, my entire body went weak. It was a fourteen-year journey to be able to hold that first book. I keep that first copy on my desk. Sometimes I pick it up and smell the pages. Sometimes I flip through it and read scenes at random.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
The road to achieving your dreams hardly ever looks like what you imagine, but that’s okay. No experience is wasted, especially in the Kingdom of God. Don’t wish away the length of your journey because that is often just as important as the goal itself. The friends I made along the path to publication are forever friends. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Thank you so much Brandy for sharing!