Author Spotlight: VictoryInTrouble

Hallo lovelies! I am bringing you another completely awesome author to check out. This chick writes for the TB/SVM fandom and her story Northman’s Nanny is another one of those that brought me back into the fandom. She writes real for lack of a better way to put it. Her characters are more real than a lot of real people I know, which is a feat. So, yeah. She rocks and I’m gonna shut up so you can read what she has to say. :)


Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are? 
HI! I’m VictoryInTrouble. Some people call me Vic, but I don’t put my real name online. 

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I am in my 30s, I have two boys who make me smile and want to tear my hair out sometimes, a husband who makes me laugh and want to strangle him sometimes, and a dog who I love but could give away at times. I have never been a writer before this last year. In fact, I used to hate writing but I never really tried to do any creative writing. It was mostly reports and essays. Writing creatively is much more fun! 

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I am taking care of my family, reading, watching TV, drawing, or my current obsession- making banners now that I can work photoshop somewhat well.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My purse, my kid’s epipen, phone, a hair elastic, and chapstick!

What are some of your favorite books?
My genre of choice is science fiction so my favorites reflect that. I love Darwin’s Radio and sequel by Greg Bear(or anything by him, really), The Entire and The Rose series by Kay Kenyon, Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress, The Time Traveler’s Wife though the movie was not so great. I also love murder mysteries and Mary Higgins Clark was always my favorite author for that. Sometimes I want fun so I read Janet Evanovich or a sexy romance novel. I am in a book club and while I wouldn’t pick out most of the books we read, my favorite has been Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Brunt. 

Favorite TV shows and movies?
TV shows I currently enjoy are New Girl, Doctor Who, Modern Family, Blackish, Marco Polo, How To Get Away With Murder, Walking Dead. Older shows that I can watch again and again are Jeeves and Wooster, Coupling, Gavin and Stacy. My favorite movie is A Fish Called Wanda. 

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Dominic Monaghan because he’s a crazy adventurer, he could handle anything creepy crawly or deadly, and he’s a little cutie.

Alexander Skarsgard because he’s sexy as hell, also likes adventure, and his massive body could keep me warm at night.

Jem Stansfield from the BBC show Bang Goes the Theory, because he’s super smart, a crazy inventor, and he’s also pretty cute.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Greece. I’ve always wanted to go there.

Do you have any pet peeves?
My pet peeves are liars, people who are obnoxiously loud in a public place where it is inappropriate, and loud chewers and breathers. My husband says I have mouse hearing but he’s just loud!

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
My favorite foods are those that mix lots of different tastes together. So I love soups and big salads, I love Thai and Korean food. I’m an adventurous eater so there isn’t much I don’t like. Comfort foods would be my mom’s cheese pie or collard greens, my husband’s sage stuffing or pho– things that I’ve been eating for a long time and always bring good memories.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Hmm, I don’t know if I have one but I like vanilla and coconut.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like all kinds of music. Right now I seem to be into music with a strong male lead- Tom Odell, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Paolo Nutini, Amos Lee, and my all time fav is Chris Isaak.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
When I was a child I wanted to be a clown when I grew up…now they scare the sh*t out of me!

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  chocolate if it’s good quality, but not for ice cream
Silver or gold? silver
Apple or PC? Apple
White wine or red wine? White, can’t drink red unless it’s Lambrusco because that’s sweet like a Moscato.
Liquor or beer? ha ha- both!
Coffee or tea?  Tea unless my husband goes and gets me coffee on the weekend
Sleep in or get up early? sleep in, definitely, if I had my choice.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I’ve only ever read/written in the SVM/TB fandom. I didn’t even know fanfiction existed before 2013 when I discovered it.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Usually with music playing, in bed or on the couch. Sometimes with kids running around, though I prefer late at night when I can concentrate better. 

Ever write in your PJs?

How bout naked?
I don’t think so. I have no privacy with my 3 guys so I am mostly always dressed unless the door’s locked. ;)

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Inspiration comes from my imagination or a picture I saw, something I witnessed. My Captive story was inspired by a Game of Thrones gif even though I don’t watch the show. My Shave and a Haircut story was inspired by a trip to the salon where I watched a man getting shaved. I definitely pull things from real life into my stories. 

Do I put real life into my stories?
Yes, I sometimes will have a character’s favorite movie be mine, or favorite food, etc. I might give them a background I know something about so it’s easier to write.

Do you write on a schedule?
no, I fit it in whenever I have time.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I like to have a general plan but it always always changes as I write. What I find more important for me and what I spend the most time on, is having a character identity. I find that if I have thought well about my character, then whatever I come up with for them will be believeable and I will be able to keep the story on track.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
I can’t think of any. I like music when I write.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I don’t think I am that good with action. I’m also not so great with supernatural stuff. My imagination is just not there. I find romance is easier, though sex scenes are some of the toughest to write and to keep fresh and not repetitive. 

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Um, maybe because in this fandom, people like the vampire stories and I tend to write all human because it’s easier for me.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
For story titles, I try to think about the theme of the story and what, overall, I want to talk about. I hardly ever do chapter titles because it’s too much effort. For Getting It On, each chapter title came from the song that went with the chapter. In Bookstore, each chapter title rhymes, but I may have shot myself in the foot with that one! We’ll see!

Which character do you identify with the most?
That’s tough…I’m not sure. I tend to play around with characters a lot. I think I identify with Sookie the way I write her but I have elements of Eric too. 

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favorite to write…that’s another tough one. I really liked writing Shave, which I just finished, because writing the letters was fun and easy. I love writing the Bookstore story because I’m writing with a good friend and she is awesome and funny and she has helped me keep the story light-hearted, which I have some trouble with on my own. Concept-wise, it may be Captive, which is a departure from what I normally do but has been a good challenge.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Not often.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I have never read the SVM books. (shocking, I know!) I didn’t discover this fandom until the series was almost finished and nobody liked the ending so I decided not to start them. As far as TB, the episode that made me sit up and say, “Wow, who is that actor?” was Ep 2:9, I Will Rise Up, so I think that’s my favorite. Once I found out about Askars, I started reading fanfiction and the rest, as they say, is history!

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
It’s a toss up between being told that my characters are “real,” and being told that my stories make someone feel really good.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
If it’s ranting and juvenile, I laugh. I was kind of surprised when I first encountered some of the hate for Sookie that I got when she had her first fight with Eric in Northman’s Nanny. I sometimes get frustrated because a lot of times, the person just didn’t understand what was said vs. what was thought in the character’s head, which I guess is the downfall to first person perspective. That can be unclear if you don’t read closely. So a valid criticism, I will think about, a ranty one, I will laugh about. It doesn’t really bother me that much because most reviews are positive. 

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Favorite is the fact that even though the show and books are done, the fandom is still active. Least fav is that the shows and books are done and I’m afraid everything will die down now and I feel like I just found everyone! :)

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot, look up anything you are uncertain about, and just write!

Have any recommendations?
Anything on my site under the people I follow is awesome!

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
I have a wordpress site, and I’m on under the same name. I am thinking of joining facebook but haven’t yet.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thank you, Kelpie! This was fun!


So yeah, I’ve linked it all up and I’m telling you…go check her out. She’s got a bunch of stories (that I still have on my to read list-seriously that list gets longer every single frickin day!) and I can’t wait! So go read and leave her love!

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