Victoria Dahl writes both contemporary and historical romances. Her novels blend fast-paced plots with sizzling romance and laugh-out-loud humor to create some of the most memorable romances in recent years.
On November 5th, Victoria will be joining us in Birmingham Alabama for Southern Magic's annual Readers Luncheon.
Recently, Southern Magic's own award-winning YA author and Dahl's long-time critique partner, Jennifer Echols, interviewed Victoria Dahl about her upcoming new releases and her excitement about her upcoming trip to Birmingham.
JE: Out of all those books, do you have a favorite scene, and does it involve a mirror?
JE: This is your first experience as a keynote speaker. You're not nervous, are you? Because you probably should be.
VD: I’m terrified. I have a horrible fear of public speaking, and if this weren’t for Southern Magic I wouldn’t have even considered it. I will be shaking in my heels. There may be a little bit of pee involved. But I will do it for Birmingham.
JE: What are you going to talk about during this fancy speech? Perhaps you will revisit a topic you enjoy discussing on your popular Twitter account @VictoriaDahl, such as sparkleballz or Beaver Cream?
VD: I think I might have to trot out something a little more unique. Anyone can get me to talk about sparkleballz. Anyone, anywhere. Beaver Cream? That’s been done to death. But for the luncheon, I think I’m actually going to talk about heroines. Specifically, trying to find contemporary heroines you love. According to the mail I get about the unsympathetic, selfish, frantically sexual heroines I tend to favor, some heroines are really hard to love. Or really easy. It all depends on who’s reading.
JE: Do you think Jennifer Echols is going to scrub her floors for you like you scrubbed your floors when she visited you? Because that probably ain't gonna happen.
JE: You've never been to Alabama. What do you want to do while you're here? Hint: you are missing the Talladega 500 by two weeks. Sorry.
VD: It will be November, and probably snowing here, so I’d like to schedule one day for me to sit outside and murmur, “It’s really warm here,” for hours. Other than that, I need to see the naked butt of Vulcan. And…I heard there’s an abandoned steel mill that’s haunted! Is that true? I need to go there!
JE: What is the best thing that's happened to you as a writer, besides being asked to speak at this luncheon?
JE: What are you writing now? Does the heroine present a keynote speech in beautiful downtown Birmingham, Alabama, and decide to stay?