Top Social

Author Interview: Victoria Simcox + Giveaway

Friday, July 6, 2012
Today, I have a short Q&A with Victoria Simcox, author of The Magic Warble.

Book Synopsis
Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as "the chosen one," the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control. But it's not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous "Magic Warble," in its final resting place. She must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen's "zelbocks" before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, and an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

Author Bio
Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children's Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.

Author Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Would you tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer?
Though I've always been creative, mostly in painting watercolors, I didn't think I would be a writer. It was actually a vision I had while sitting in a movie theater watching a flick the inspired me to start. I only saw the first scene of my story, probably half a page of writing. Then when I started writing the story, it just started flowing to me.

It's cool how one story, albeit through a movie, inspired you to write yourself! When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
A zoo keeper; I actually took one of those aptitude tests as an adolescent and zoo keeper is what it suggested I become. I was like "YES!" this is a sign from God, lol. I've always been a big animal lover. But then when I became a teenager, my passionate love for animals some how mellowed and like most teenybopper girls of the 80s, boys became the main focus.

Other than movies, where do you find inspiration?
I would have to say that most of my ideas are unexpected. I rarely plan too far in advance what I'm going to write. My ideas come to me as I write.

Who are the writers who've inspired you the most?
C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket. There are more but these are the first that come to mind.

Victoria Simcox has offered 3 e-copies of The Magic Warble to international winners.

To enter, leave a meaningful comment on the interview. Extra entries for tweeting about the giveaway and various follows. Then fill out the form below. Do not leave your email in the comments section.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
8 comments on "Author Interview: Victoria Simcox + Giveaway"
  1. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. That's interesting that she was an artist first. I would like to see some her watercolor works.

  3. Great interview... it's good to know J.K. Rowling inspired Victoria ^_^

    The cover is gorgeous :P

  4. The interview's epic! It's great to know there's another writer out there who gets unexpected ideas! :D

    I guess I'll be entering for the international copy :)


  5. The perfect Christmas gift. Thank you
    International entry.

  6. Great review, it will make a great gift for my nephews and nieces

  7. Zookeepers and writers are quiet similar to me, as they both must have a certain biggness of heart to do their job well. This is needed to accomadate the animals and characters. Us entry


Thanks for commenting. We love hearing from readers! To receive notifications of replies to your comments, just click “Notify me” in the bottom right corner of the comment box to subscribe to the thread! :)