Interview with author Vijaya Schartz – Part 1

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Melusine the Fae, recurring character in the Curse of the Lost Isle Medieval Fantasy series

Describe yourself as an author:
I live to write, that’s what I do now. I’ve always known I wanted to write. As a teenager, reading detective novels, I thought I could write one. But I wasn’t ready, since I didn’t know much about life or people… and I wanted to enjoy life, see exciting places, meet exciting people. So I became an actress, then traveled the world. It took me years to accumulate experiences worth writing about. Now that I settled down somewhat, I share all that excitement in my novels. I sprinkle action, adventure and romance in all my stories. I write strong women. I love the future and the past, and sometimes I mix medieval societies with futuristic ones, like in White Tiger (Chronicles of Kassouk). I believe an author must know all the rules, but be bold enough to break them when it benefits the story. Otherwise, I’m a workaholic… a Capricorn. Writing is hard work and I fully enjoy the challenge.

Author Vijaya Schartz

Author Vijaya Schartz

What was the very first thing you remember writing?
I was five, in first grade, in France, when the teacher asked us to write a paragraph or two about the holidays. As an overachiever even then, I cranked a three-page poem in perfectly cut verses, all rhyming, with what I thought were beautiful and clever images. Technically, it was a tour-de-force. I was used to straight A’s. Imagine my disappointment when my efforts only received a B, and the teacher didn’t mention my work or have me read even part of it to the class. The rejection stung. The works the teacher lauded didn’t compare to what I had written. It took me a decade to realize that she probably didn’t believe I wrote that poem by myself. But I did. At five, I was already correcting my elders on grammar and spelling.

Vijaya Schartz writes medieval fantasy romance and and futuristic tales. Find her and her books at: http://www.vijayaschartz.com

 

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About vijayaschartz

Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims to also travel through time, as she writes without boundaries about the future and the far away past. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Reviewers compared her stories to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance. So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line. Find more at: http://www.vijayaschartz.com
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