Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blog Tour: The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith - Interview, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith.  The tour is hosted by AToMR Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Today's stop features an interview with Victoria and also a tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Title: The Space Between
Author : Victoria H. Smith
Release date: April 2, 2013
Age Group:  New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t. Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.
Interview with Author Victoria H. Smith

Q: What was the most difficult part for you when writing THE SPACE BETWEEN?

VS: I think the most difficult part was the research involved, especially in regards to Drake’s international adoption. I had to get specifics on how the process worked in the U.S. and Korea first. After that, I studied international adoptees specifically. What their struggles were in regards to being raised in the U.S. away from their homeland. It was very tedious, but also very gratifying. I learned so much new information about an entire group of people. I’m happy to be able to share a snapshot into their world through my characters and hope I did them justice.

Q: What was the easiest part?

VS: Lacey and her character development was by far easier. I found her very relatable with wanting to put on a brave face and take care of the world around her. She finds it hard to ask for help and never does. Many of the cultural struggles she’s had I’ve had myself as a woman of color. I definitely felt like I understood her and that made it easier to write for her.

Q: What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.

VS: Well, I am a big fan of the smexy :D I think in this case why I loved writing Drake and Lacey’s first love scene was because of the intensity that was involved. I won’t spoil anything, but they have a very intense event occur between them right before the moment. This brings them together instead of pulling them apart. It’s at that moment they realize they really do need each other.

Q: Reviewers have commented on the ethnicity of the characters that it helps make the book unique. How does this play out in your writing? Do the characters reveal themselves to you in this way or do you specifically write characters with varied ethnicities in your books?

VS: This is the first published novel where I’ve had such a diverse cast, but in some of my unfinished works I do have multicultural leads. I’ve found that when drafting a work the characters “show themselves” to me. I never go into something saying “that person will be black” or “that person will be white or Asian.” My characters tell me what they want and that’s who they are. If you forcibly try to be diverse it will feel foreign in the writing. The characters always know what they want and the author’s job is just to listen

Q: Is there anything in THE SPACE BETWEEN you hope readers take away after reading, or something you want to point out you don’t want readers to miss?

VS: The main message I wanted to show is to fight for what you believe in. Whether it’s love, friendship, a life goal, etc. Don’t let anyone convince you that what you desire is wrong for you or out of your reach. If you believe in something take it.

Q: What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?

VS: Right now I’m working on the sequel and companion novel (s) for THE SPACE BETWEEN.  I have a lot of ideas bouncing around so we’ll see what the future holds! I also have the sequel and novella for my new adult sci-fi series coming out this summer/early fall.

About the Author
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

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21 comments:

  1. I love when a book is well researched, it really shows in the writing and how easily the story flows and connects together. It sounds like the author did a great job with this one based on the interview and other reviews I have seen.

    Great interview, I always love knowing the author's favorite parts in their books.

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    1. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, though I did buy it. I am looking forward to it, especially after the interview.

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  2. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. The book looks like an amazing read. I'd really like to read it. That cover is gorgeous. Makes you want to go lay in your hammock with a glass of lemonade and just read! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  4. Just got the ebook and it sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway! =)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. I just got it recently to and I am looking forward to reading it.

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  5. The blurb sounds great! I can't wait to give it a try!

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    1. I have heard really good things about this book.

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  6. I really loved this interview. This sounds like an author I would love in real life. This is the part of the interview that really stuck in my head "My characters tell me what they want and that’s who they are. If you forcibly try to be diverse it will feel foreign in the writing. The characters always know what they want and the author’s job is just to listen"
    I think that writing diverse characters is important, it's irritating that so many books have Caucasian characters and not so many are African American or Native American or Korean American... anyway, you get my point. But you can't really force your characters to be something they're not either. So I really like this! The book sounds fantastic too!

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    1. She does seem amazing doesn't she, and has obviously put a lot of time and effort into her writing. I love the quote you entered above about the characters telling her who they are above also.

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  7. Awesome interview. I felt i learned so much about the author and the book. Thanks for the giveaway too :)

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    1. She seems like a great author. I really enjoyed this interview.

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  8. What a great interview! I love that the story has a diverse cast of characters. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think the diversity of characters is really great to. It seems like we don't see that too often.

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  9. Loved the interview and I cannot wait to get started on this book! Thanks for the amazing giveaway and chance to win

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  10. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! The book sounds great!

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