Gigi Dumont never forgot how she walked away from the only man she ever loved.
She’s a teacher who has led her students to the finals of an international French competition to be help in Paris. The night before the trip, the Principal tries to cancel the trip before he, in turn, loses his job to her high school boyfriend, Sean Collins.
Sean Collins has survived cancer, a divorce , and Gigi having aborted their child back in high school. He assumed he’d hate her, if they ever crossed paths again. But he discovers she’s exactly what he wants.
When Gigi and Sean are stuck together for a week in Paris, Gigi feels she has lost all her control. How can she survive her attraction to Sean? The man’s sexier now than he was back in the day, and once upon a time, he’d had her heart. She finds herself falling for him, even knowing forever is impossible.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Time. There is never enough time to write and balance the rest of my life. And the truth was I had a major case of wedding brain for the first half of 2014. Then the wedding and honeymoon I went on. I’m super happy to have found my husband and to be married now. But instead of writing, I decided to have a life. Post honeymoon, I’m getting back on track with the writing. But there is never enough time in a day. I have a job, my writing career that will one day be my job, and now wifely stuff to do. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining at all. I just wish I had a wand to stretch out the hours.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
You don’t really want me to answer this. I listen to youtube playlists most of the time I write, and it’s to reflect the book and my mood. As I’m writing a gothic romance at the moment, the neighbors must think I enjoy listening to screeching sounds and creepy music. Music helps in the mood and I do think it reflects in atmosphere of the writing.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have critique partners and I’ve paid people to beta. Back in 2013 I wrote A LOT. So much so that the critique group couldn’t keep up. Now I have a critique group and I’m happy when we meet. But I was not working on stuff. Now that I’m back in the swing, we’ll see what balances. I need to fix plot holes, and anyone who finds them are awesome people to work with.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished a Sophia Knightly Heart Breaker Series book. And does stopping everything to read the Harry Potter short JK Rowling on Pottermore count? I’ll read anything that woman puts out with the name Harry Potter.
How did you start your writing career?
I couldn’t find enough books to help my craving and no story I read hit the button anymore. So I wrote an unpublished book to get started.
Borrowing the Doctor is a sequel to Chaperoning Paris. Only this time it’s Doctor Daniel Collins. And Kate is almost Gigi’s antithesis. My initial thoughts on Kate was she’s like Paris Hilton or so everyone thinks. And with that reputation, she’s built her own walls to be what everyone believes so people leave her alone. She has her own issues and has no time for Daniel. It’s due out in the Fall from Soul Mate Publishing.
Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.
Besides her full time job of teaching, in 2013 and 2014, she sold on her own sold books to three different publishers. The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love will be published from Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne will be published with Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published with Jupiter Press.
Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency and she hopes to continue selling her novels that she writes. Moving up to the next level from hard work and determination is rewarding, and partnerships bring new opportunities.
Also she’s the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers. She’s gone to multiple conferences and intends to continue. She learns and meets so many people at conferences. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com, and she’ll continue to grow my web presence. She is working hard on other projects and found the time to plan her wedding this year.
Before writing, her father had taken her to many star trek conventions and on her own she grew up as the only girl in the 90s at the comic book store. Science Fiction was her first love, but contemporary romance was her second. She’s sticking with contemporaries for the near future.
Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.