Today I have author Victoria Connelly over for a guestpost.
Welcome to Mur-y-Castell!
I’ve always loved the blend of romance and magic in fiction and I eagerly gobble up films like The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Just Like Heaven and Truly Madly Deeply. So it probably wasn’t surprising that I started to write my own version of the magical rom com, and my first attempt turned into a novel called Flights of Angels.
Flights of Angels is a story about a young widow called Claudie who isn’t able to cope with the loss of her husband and turns to MGM musicals to help her through the tough times. Her friends are deeply worried about her as she spends more and more time in the Technicolour worlds of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. But then something strange happens. Claudie starts seeing tiny people on her desk at work. Tiny people who tell her that they’re her guardian angels…
After finishing my novel, I got an agent to take me on. She loved Flights of Angels but she couldn’t get a UK publisher to take a chance on it. But then something unusual happened and I suddenly found that my book was in the middle of a bidding war – in Germany – where it was later published and then made into a film.
Two more books followed – Unmasking Elena Montella about a woman who is given a magical Venetian mask which helps her choose which of her three (yes – three!) fiancés is the right one for her. And Three Graces about a young woman who marries a duke and goes to live in his ancestral home only to find it’s haunted by a rather opinionated eighteenth-century ghost.
Now, these books are all available on Kindle in a collection called It’s Magic so, if you’d like to read about naughty guardian angels, beautiful Venetian masks that have to power to render their wearer invisible or a ghost that simply refuses to go away, pop it on your summer reading list.
I absolutely adored writing these books. There’s something very special about magic and fantasy – the imagination can take you in all sorts of directions and you don’t have the pull of reality to hold you back. For a writer, that’s very liberating and I hope it’s exciting for readers too and that they enjoy reading It’s Magic as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Thank you Victoria 🙂
And she will be stopping by today so if you have any questions just ask 🙂