Q&A with Author VK Tritschler
Q: What was the first book that you have written and published?
The very first book I wrote and published was The Secret Life of Sarah Meads – a romcom exploration of a woman who experiences mental health issues post the discovery of her husband’s affair, and the resulting attraction between herself and a new boss. I wanted to explore a heroine that was flawed and not coping and see how she could grow and change through support and understanding. I still think of her as one of my strongest characters, because she grew to recognise and accept her weaknesses.
Q: When did you get started as a writer?
I wrote periodically through my youth – angsty poetry and the occasional short story. But my writing journey truly began in my mid-thirties, and with our move to Australia. I put on my bucket list for moving that I wanted to achieve the goal of writing a book. So, when I got here, I joined a local writing group, and before I knew it I was several books in and still loving the journey. In each book I find something new and exciting that I get to explore and peel off the layers from. It’s very gratifying.
Q: What are the pros of working as an author?
You get to meet the most amazing, inspirational and authentic people. Writers have a way of exploring the world around them that is so unique and intriguing. And I absolutely adore hearing from my readers. To find the small details that they pull from your stories that you hadn’t perhaps even noticed yourself when you were writing them.
Q: Did you always want to write?
I have always written in some form or other. When I was five, I was mad at my mother (for reasons I no longer recall) so I wrote a note and stuck it to our front door warning future guests ‘Don’t come in, Mum is angry today’. She reminds me of that often.
Q: How many more books do you have planned for the Vital Impetus series?
There is a final book in this series, which comes with a big climax and realization for all the characters. I can’t wait to disclose it. But will the worlds disappear? I don’t know yet. There are so many more stories from other characters in this book that could be told. We’ll have to wait and see!
Q: What three words would you use to describe your writing style?
I write fast, so my stories are action packed and full of adventure. I love to get into the head of the characters and show them growing, changing, and becoming more than they were when they started. For me the key to a good book is taking the readers on a journey and making them part of the ride.
Q: Tell us, readers about your main characters: Jess and Peter.
Jess is strong and independent, but she is also quick to jump into situations without thinking things through. It tends to get her into trouble! Peter is quieter and more reliable. But he has the expectation of his role and his parents constantly weighing on him, forcing him towards outcomes he doesn’t necessarily agree with or want. Their strengths and weaknesses complement each other, but this story is about how they grow both together and apart. But it ends on a note that I hope will make the readers questions everything about their relationship.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. When people give you advice, takes steps to first listen, then absorb, filter and apply. Not all advice is worth applying, but if it comes from a good place and someone is genuinely trying to help you, then try and listen. Join support groups early. The earlier the better. These will give you grounding, direction and drive. They also help keep you accountable. And don’t be afraid to step back for a bit. It’s a marathon not a sprint. You don’t have to lead from the front all the time to get over the finish line. Pace yourself.
Q: What themes can readers find in your latest release, Revenge Seeker?
Fantasy, adventure, danger, romance and my favourite – growth. The key to this book is about exploration and understanding. Jess is forced to face the reality of her existence and her family and to challenge beliefs that she was holding onto. How that changes her as a character leads us into the next book!
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?