Today I have the very lovely Victoria Lynn on my blog! Victoria is such a sweetheart and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her over the past year and watch her write amazing novels. She just published her very first one, London in the Dark. If you enjoy historical mysteries, you’re in for a treat!!!! CLICK HERE to buy.
First of all, can we just drool over that cover for a minute? It’s just so…so London-y. SOOOOO pretty and beautiful and I need it on my shelf.
London in the Dark is a story full of family values, a little romance, and, of course, mystery. The single aspect of this book that made my heart happy is the historical accuracy. I couldn’t find anything that seemed out of place so kudos to Victoria for doing her research! Another thing I absolutely loved about this story is there the sub plots. The whole book isn’t just focused on the mystery, it’s also about family relationships. Something else about this book is the CHARACTERS!!!! (Especially Dudley. Definitely Dudley.) Cyril made me frustrated sometimes, but I really did like him. :)
Anyone who enjoys historical mysteries and stories set in London, this is your book.
(Side note: this book is best read in conjunction with Downton Abbey. ;-) )
Welcome to my blog, Victoria! I’m so happy you’re here!!!
Thanks so much Ivy! I am so happy to be here!
- Is London in the Dark a character-inspired story or a plot-inspired story? (Meaning…did the characters come to you first, or did the plot idea come first?)That is such an awesome question. I would have to say more character inspired. Though there was a tiny bit of plot involved. The idea came when I had the thought of what it would be like to be the sister to someone like Sherlock Holmes. Granted, Cyril is very different, but it was that idea that sparked the story and then Olivia and Cyril sprang to my mind.
- What scene/part was your favorite to write? Why?
Ooh, my favorite scene. . . It was probably the scene in the middle of the book where Olivia Hartwell gets into some pretty serious trouble and is held captive. The reason it is my favorite is because it was probably the most vivid in my head and it was one of the first scenes that I actually “saw” in my head.
- What made you want to write a mystery?
I love them. I read quite a few of them and I think that influenced what I wanted to write about, but it was also that the whole feel and direction of the story wouldn’t have been the same without it. Plus, I really wanted to break some cliches with this book. It feels like most of the mysteries out there are murder mysteries (which aren’t my favorite) So I really wanted to change that and make something more like what I would want to read.
- What tips would you give someone who wants to write mysteries?
Outlining and Plotting ahead of time are paramount to writing a good mystery. Having those plans laid ahead of time is such a time saver and removes a lot of the stress for me. I write the entire storyline down before I write the book so that I don’t miss anything. You need to have the answer to the mystery before you can write it. So I detail all of the ins and outs of the mystery itself, so now all I have to think about is the characters and actual story while I write.
- What is the number one thing/tip/strategy that helps you write?
My motto has always been “Just Write.” One will never get anything done until they actually work at it. I really needed to say this to myself a lot because I would come up with a million excuses to wait on writing, but if I always waited, I would never have a book. So “Just write” would be my number one tip and strategy! :D
Victoria also has a giveaway for London going on Goodreads, so check it out HERE.
Victoria and I did a post swap, so head on over to her blog and read her sweet review of Left to Die, as well as an exclusive interview! (Mkay, exclusive might be pushing it, but it sounds so cool!!)
What are some of your favorite mysteries?