Interview with Victoria Saccenti, Author of Titanian’s Phoenix
26 Jan 2021
What can you tell us about your new release, Titanian’s Phoenix?
“Titanian’s Phoenix” follows the prequel “Beloved Titanian”, a short story published in October 2019. The doomed Greek Titans, knowing their time was ending, mated with other magical creatures to procreate a new powerful Titanian race. The Titanian universe is wide. Several mythical pantheons and races, such as elves, fae, shifters, vampires, fairies, and others have thrived until recently when a new threat has surfaced.
This realm coexists with the human plane, except humans, because of their lack of power, go about their lives unaware of magic and the struggle for power raging around them.
I’m truly excited about this series and I’m already writing book two.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My parents introduced me to the world of reading, which sparked my imagination and started my love affair with words. Back then, I wrote plays and fairy tales, the kind a little girl could dress up for, dance around in, and pretend she was a princess or fantastical being. Of course, I didn’t take any of that seriously. The passion didn’t slow down as years passed. One night a complete storyline presented itself out of nowhere. I told a dear friend about it, and with her encouragement I pursued it to where I am today.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
“The Lymond Chronicles” and “House of Niccolò” by the talented Dame Dorothy Dunnett † top the list. By far, in my humble opinion, the best historical fiction writer of the 20th century. I also read in Spanish, so I would have to include “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez, “The Green Jade Heart” by Salvador de Madariaga, “The House of the Spirits”, by Isabel Allende, and “Like Water for Chocolate”, by Laura Esquivel—all in the original language.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Unfortunately, my first and second choice are no longer with us. If I could, I’d invite Dame Dorothy Dunnett †. I’d love to find out how did she manage to write the choice between the boys? It’s cryptic, I know, but I don’t want to spoil the story for future readers. Otherwise, I would invite Kresley Cole. I’d like to discuss her continued inspiration. Her books are fun and her muse is quite active.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The creative process and the invitation are the best parts. Characters invite the writer into their world. When that happens, I let go and follow their lead. I’m reading a new book each time. It’s a wondrous experience.
What is a typical day like for you?
Before I go to bed, I try to visualize the characters in my WIP. Where are they and what do they want? First thing in the morning, I make a cup of coffee, head to the writing cave, and let loose the thoughts that stewed during the night. Sometime around two in the afternoon, I tackle non-writing matters, chores, house stuff, dinner.
What scene from Titanian’s Phoenix was your favorite to write?
Maya’s awakening. Ooh, sorry. I can’t say anymore.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Live today, like it’s the last day of your life. Don’t hold grudges. Everyone deserves a second chance, and last but not least, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1 KJV
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