Monday, 08 September 2014
With six UK novels under her belt, as well as a host of short stories, Victoria Connelly has made a name for herself in the romantic comedy world.
Her name now appears alongside the likes of JK Rowling in Amazon’s list of top 100 ebooks, and the former English Literature student credits much of her success to her time at the University of Worcester.
“When I was studying, I was allowed read all day and I learned how to write and express myself,” she says. “I wasn't sure I had the ability to complete a novel before but essay writing for my degree gave me the skills and the confidence to finish a complete book.”
Victoria’s novel A Summer to Remember, has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks chart for over 60 days. The Runaway Actress was nominated for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Best Romantic Comedy of the Year, and her books have been translated into many languages including three magical romances published in Germany. The first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film.
Her first novel to be published in the UK – Molly’s Millions – came out in 2009 and was a Top Ten bestseller on Amazon Kindle. She has also written a series about Jane Austen addicts. The first, A Weekend with Mr Darcy, was published in the UK by Avon, HarperCollins, and in the US by Sourcebooks. The second in the trilogy, The Perfect Hero was featured on Channel 5's The Vanessa Show and was a hot pick in The Sun.
“It has been a long journey since I graduated in 1992,” she says. “I wrote my first novel shortly after graduating but I struggled to get published at first. It has taken many years and many rejections to get to where I am now but I never gave up and I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do.”
Victoria, and her husband, now do most of their own publishing. “It’s more time consuming but it’s definitely worth it,” she says. “I use social media a lot to engage with my readers. The way that books are consumed is changing all the time and writers need to be able to move with the times.”
She added: “Anyone thinking of becoming an author should prepare themselves for lots of rejections, but you need to have the determination to keep going and not give up. If it’s what you really want to do, then you have to keep going.”
For more information about Victoria, visit her website www.victoriaconnelly.com