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.
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