Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow.
She’s been reading romance since the age of twelve and started her first manuscript at the tender age of twenty. Occasionally, on dark and stormy nights, she bravely posts excerpts of that original story on her blog for the entertainment of her readers.
Her first published novel won the Golden Heart award. Since then, she's published over twenty-five books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA® Award for excellence in the romance genre.
Photo credit: Anne Pearson
If you want to see more pictures (really?) or read some interviews, please go to the Extras page.
Kelly Sattler won the "write the first line of my biography" contest, so technically this should be at the beginning. But better late than never! On Victoria Dahl: "My dedication to my writing trumps cooking, cleaning, and taking showers but not tweeting or drinking." Wonderful, eloquent work, Kelly!
I must have some very interesting readers, because I sure get some interesting questions!
Is it harder to write contemporary or historical?
Once I start writing the story, contemporaries go a lot faster. Writing the dialogue is like writing a conversation between me and my friends. But coming up with story ideas is much easier for historicals. Girls masquerading as boys, arranged marriages, mad fathers, scandalous embraces. Rakes and virgins and widows, oh my! There's really nothing like it.
How do you switch between the two genres?
As far as switching between the genres, I actually find it refreshing. Like cleansing the palate. It's almost like taking a little vacation...for the first five pages, anyway.
Is it true that you're obsessed with Twitter?
It's been scientifically proven that people on Twitter cannot be trusted, so whatever they're saying about me shouldn't be believed. Folks on Twitter will say anything for a retweet. Documented fact.
I heard you died in the shower last year.
Again, another example of the ridiculous things you hear on Twitter. Clearly, I'm not dead. And I'm obviously too elegant and classy to hit my head on the wall in the shower while tossing my hair back. I'm telling you, those people would lie to a baby angel. Disgusting.
Update: Okay, there was another incident. And I really did almost die in the shower this time. Read about it here. Clearly, I should stick to baths.
Which of your books is your favorite?
Like children, each book is special and lovable in its own way. They're all just great. And like any mother, I would never admit to having a favorite. I would never admit it on a public page on the Internet, at least. But if you ask me in person, you might get an answer in pig Latin.
More FAQs coming soon!
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