I like many of your readers have read all of your books and have delighted in the links between them – how does Daughter of the House relate to the others?
The second link involves Evelyn, the heroine of Daughter of the House. She has a connection to Nicholas, the hero of A Daughter’s Christmas Wish. As Daughter of the House is set in late 19thcentury and A Daughter’s Christmas Wish is set during and after WW1, I think readers will probably be able to guess the connection, although I won’t say it here as I wouldn’t want to give too much away. Having said all that, if you have read A Daughter’s Christmas Wish, you’ve already met Evelyn in her later years. Although each book is connected, each novel is a stand-alone tale and can be read in any order without spoiling too much of the plot.
When you are writing your novels, which sense, apart from sight, is uppermost in your mind and why?
We are all aware of the five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. However, the one that is uppermost in my mind is not a person’s experience of the world by external stimuli, but how a person experiences the world internally. The lurch in one’s stomach at bad news, the pulsing of one’s heart when frightened, the anguish felt inside when distraught. I want to place the reader in the character’s shoes so they feel their pain, joy and fears too.
I can’t resist asking my favourite question – which actors would play the lead roles in a film of this book?
This is an easy question. Whenever I write a new book, I compile a mood board for the wall. I also use Pinterest. I had two pictures to represent the main characters. Luckily for me, they both happened to be actors which has helped with this question enormously!
Aiden Turner, as Ross Poldark, became Drake Vennor, the working class hero in Daughter of the House.
Joanna Vanderham’s character in The Paradise, called Denise, became my heroine, Evelyn Pendragon.
You can see my Pinterest mood board for Daughter of the House, by following this link https://www.pinterest.co.uk/vickiecornwall/daughter-of-the-house/In fact, the mood boards for all my novels are there to browse through.
When you get chance to read yourself, what do you like to read?
I like to read historical romance, although I have read very little over the past year. This is partly due to time constraints, however I also prefer not to read when I am writing or editing as I need to take a break from the written word, get off the chair and do something completely different – preferably outside in the sunshine.
What can we expect from you next?
There is another book in the Cornish Tales series, which I hope will be out later this year. I don’t have a release date confirmed yet so it is a case of watching this space. I am also writing another book at the moment, which will form the next generation of the Cornish Tales series and center around WW2. However, it is still in the very early stages and it could be a long time before it is fit to be read, let alone published.
The daughter of the house is often overlooked …
Evelyn Pendragon is spirited but lonely, and largely ignored by her parents whose attentions are taken up with her brother, Nicholas: the expected heir to the family’s Cornish estate and the one who will carry on the Pendragon name.
Stifled by her aristocratic existence, Evelyn finds companionship in an unlikely place when she befriends Drake Vennor, an apprentice gardener on the estate.
But When Evelyn’s life is thrown into turmoil by a tragedy, she realises just how much she has come to rely on Drake.
Will family expectations and the burden of the Pendragon name mean she must turn her back on him when she needs him the most?
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About the Author
Victoria Cornwall grew up on a farm in Cornwall. She can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels. Following a fulfilling twenty-five year career as a nurse, a change in profession finally allowed her the time to write.
Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and twice nominated for the RONÉ “Best Indie or Small Published book” Award. In 2017, her debut novel, The Thief’s Daughter, was published by award winning independent publisher, Choc Lit, and was a finalist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.
Victoria is married and has two grown up children. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
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Thank you for answering my questions Victoria. I have read Daughter of the House – it is a great historical read and I was fascinated to read the inspiration for the story. I have read all of Vickie‘s books and can’t wait fo the next one. I loved the characters of Evie and Drake and the book evoked many emotions as I was reading, in particular indignation related to how women were treated in the past. Highly recommended five star review.
As I type there are many Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction books available in an Easter sale priced at only 99p until midnight on 24 April 2019. This includes Victoria Cornwall‘s The Daughter of the River Valley and my The Girl on the Beach. So you can grab a bargain if you are quick!