The Next Step PR client interview
with Author V. F. Mason
What was the last book you released?
My latest book, Sovietnik’s Fury, was released on May 8th. It follows the story of a man who was wrongly imprisoned for five years for a crime he didn’t commit and he is finally out to get his revenge.
How many books have you published as of today?
Seven, and I still can’t believe it!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes! I always created stories in my head and loved writing different essays in schools.
Do you have any writing in your background or you went to school to write?
Yes, I studied storytelling in university. It didn’t focus on writing fiction though, it focused on screenwriting which is a completely different thing. So I still had a lot to learn about writing books.
Do you have any plans to write in any other genre?
I thought about thrillers or suspense, but that’s just idea for now. I love romance genre so for now I’m not trading it for anything. 🙂
When do you get the best book ideas?
When I listen to music, especially sad ones. Small scene usually pops out in my head, and I go from there.
Are you planning on any books outside of the mafia romances?
Yes, my next book is New Adult romance. Also my work in progress is Dark romance.
How much of yourself do you base your characters on?
Very little, my characters are alive in my head so they have their opinions on how they want to be. But if I had to be specific…Vivian shares my love for photography, Sapphire loves green tea just like me and Rosa loves reading romance novels. Annabella and Jane share my love for music.
Where is your favorite writing place?
The kitchen. I can drink tea and eat chocolate without feeling guilty about it. 🙂
Do you have a writing “schedule” so you can experience life or do the characters take over and NEED to be written?
I think it’s combination of both. There are instant scenes that just pop out in my head and I need to write them right in that moment. And then there are days when you need to schedule your writing, because there are other obligations you need to follow. I don’t think it’s possible to have any deadlines without having a schedule. That’s where outlining your novel helps.
Do you map out your work? What is your writing process?
Yes, and no. Once I settled on the idea and have one small paragraph written in my doc(before title even), I make small character boards because I need to know everything about them.
And then I start writing. I don’t know how the story would go in certain scenes, but I know the overall plot. Once the first draft is done, I go over it and re-write or add or delete certain stuff before I can send it to my editor.
Who is your all time favorite author?
That’s a question because I have so many! So I’m going to limit it only to romance authors. So my all time favorite romance author is Jayne Ann Krentz. I love her books and she was the first romance author I’ve ever read so her books hold special place in my heart.
What are your top three books you would recommend to your readers?
I have so many, but those three come first to mind.
- War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
What writing advice could you share with an author who is just now getting started?
To read work in the genre that you are writing. In my opinion reading and writing goes hand in hand.
What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
Being isolated from the outside world. It might get lonely.
How much work goes into publishing a book?
Once the story is written, it’s just the beginning. Then the book goes through various stages: editing, formatting, cover design, promotion. That’s why it’s important to have a team you can count on.
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V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her mama over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied filmmaking and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen.
Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it.
When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.