Victoria Hanley — American Novelist

Victoria Hanley is an American young adult fantasy novelist. Her first three books, The Seer And The Sword, The Healer's Keep and The Light Of The Oracle are companion books to one another. Her newest book is the sequel of a series, called Indigo Magic, published by Egmont USA. She's also published two non-fiction books through Cotton Wood Press; called Seize the Story: A Handbook For Teens Who Like To Write, and Wild Ink: A Grownups Guide To Writing Fiction For Teens... (wikipedia)

The main characters for 'The Seer and the Sword' made an appearance one night and then haunted me for over five years before I began to write them down. Does that count as inspiration? For me, characters tend to show up, stay on to help with the work of writing their stories, and then occasionally deign to visit after a book is finished.
I grew up in a household without a TV. We lived next door to a library for a while, and at one point, I checked out all the books in the fairy tale section. I remember the librarian's quiet smile as I'd bring back one stack and exchange it for another.
'Seize the Story' takes readers all the way through the process of writing fiction, from beginning to end. Every element, from dialogue to setting, plotting to character creation, is laid out and illustrated with examples. But the tone of the book is not that of a dry writing manual - it's definitely written for teenagers.
As a child, I amused myself by making up stories. I'd lie in bed when I was supposed to be sleeping and imagine other lands where people were doing fascinating things. By fifth grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer, but it took several more decades to really find my way as an author.