Thursday, July 28, 2005

Grown Falks Talking: Me & Victoria Finale

This entry is the part III of my interview with Victoria Christopher Murray.

Dee: What's your writing process?

Victoria: I try to spend at least an hour writing my novel everyday. Many days, I can write four, five, even six hours. On other days most of it is spent thinking about the characters, talking the story through with my other author friends, etc. I don't work from an outline...I just let the story flow. That's what works best for me.

Dee: How many drafts did you go through before you finished Grown Folks?

Victoria: Three.

Dee: Did you have to do a great deal of research on the gay lifestyle before you wrote this novel?

Victoria: No, I didn't do any research on the gay lifestyle because the book wasn't about gay men or gay women. Grown Folks Business is about the woman's journey, what life would look after a husband revealed he was gay. Period. I wanted my book to be different from the others out there in that way.

Dee: How important is craft to your writing?

Craft is second only to my Christian themes. Kim Roby and I were talking about this this morning. I want each book to be better than my last. I take writing courses and I spend a lot of time rewriting my books to get them to be the best they can be.

Dee What is the message that God is saying in this book?

Victoria: I can't tell you that God has a specific message. I can tell you MY message that I pray came from God. My message is that I know the Word of God and the truth of God's Word. I wrote this book to address that. I also know how judgmental we can be as Christians. And although we are to judge each other, I think we spend more time pushing people away, than pulling them to Christ. I hope people recognize this as they read the book.
One more thing about God's messages through these books-I think God reaches people on their own level. Many times people will tell me something they got out of one of my books and I am totally shocked because that is not what I thought the book was about at all. With that, I've come to realize that God reaches everyone in different ways. When He wants to use my book to give a message, He will give it to each individual reader. I hope that makes sense.

Dee: What are you working on now?

Victoria:I'm working on the sequel to my first novel, Temptation. My next book, which will be out next June is called, A Sin and A Shame.

1 comments:

La Bona said...

Uhmmm ...you got me thinking about that huh?

Nice blog … Keep it up.

By the way, do you think Christianity is a cult?

If you have an opinion on the subject, please do email me. Alternately, you may want to check it out at the forum

Cheers.

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