Interview with Victoria Van Tiem, Author of Love Like The Movies

I recently read one of the most entertaining romantic comedies called Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem.   After reading her witty story, I had to ask her all about it.   Here is my interview with Victoria.  If you haven’t read her book yet, be sure to get yourself a copy.  And, if you are a movie lover like I am, then I am sure that you will enjoy it.

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Interview with Victoria Van Tiem

Susi:   First off, how long have you been writing? Is this your first book?


Victoria:  I’ve always written, but mostly short stories and only for me. LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES is my debut novel and I’m absolutely thrilled with how well it’s being received.

Susi:  Obviously, you are a big movie lover.  Where did the idea for this book come from?  (It is brilliant!!)


Victoria:  
Thanks! Yes, I’m a huge movie fan. Most of my so called bucket list includes things like: be an extra in a movie: participate in a Hollywood red carpet event, be a seat warmer at an awards show. Life is short, if we don’t make these moments happen, the chance just passes us by. No, I haven’t done those exact ones yet, but I did audition for TV Land’s She’s Got The Look, a model show like Americas Next top Model for women 35 and up. Oh, I had no desire or false hope of actually being a model, but the location shoots and makeovers made this irresistible! And would you believe I even made it past the first rounds! Me, at 40 and only 5’2! Okay, they didn’t know I was only 5’2 because I was wearing 5 inch heels. A friend went with me as support, literally as support, because I couldn’t walk in my super stilts. It was over as soon as the shoes came off.  But It was comical, and fun, and an experience.

That’s where the idea really stems from, wanting those experiences. Most are within our control. We just need to push ourselves, get out there and live them. And until Jake Ryan shows up driving a Porsche and offering me cake, I guess I’ll have to write about the ones that aren’t.

Susi:   I loved all of your movie choices.  How many choices did you have before you finally made the list for the book?  What other movies were possibilities for your book?


Victoria:  
I had so many! The motorcycle scene from How to Lose  a Guy In Ten days, “A little give, a little go.” Love that with Matthew McConaughey. And the thriller scene from 13 going on 30 was hilarious. But in the end, the scenes had to wrap around the story of Shane and Kenzi, because their story had to be center stage. But, yeah, narrowing them down to ten was really difficult. I did manage to reference a bunch throughout the story though.

Susi:  What was your favorite scene to write?


Victoria:  
The movie scenes, of course. Taking something familiar and changing and bending it around Kenzi’s own personal story was just fun. I love the physical part of comedy as well. The treadmill war with Tonya, the Four Weddings and a Funeral mad-dash back to Kenzi’s, and the failure to Launch paintball attack and van chase. The teenager in that scene provided the best straight man to Kenzi’s insane situation.

Susi:  What was the most difficult scene to write?


Victoria:  
The end. Well, let me clarify that, the first ending. I wasn’t ready to let them go. After some time had passed, I sat down again and gave their story the ending I felt they needed.   Maybe the end I needed.

Susi:   If your book could be turned into a movie, who would you cast? Did you have any muses for your characters?

Victoria: I would die if LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES became a movie. Seriously, on set I would become the character Honey from Notting Hill when she meets the famous Anna Scott. “Oh God, this is one of those key moments in life, when it’s possible you can be really, genuinely cool – and I’m failing 100%.”

My character muses are all too old to play them! I hate saying that, but it’s true. So for an actual movie, we’d need to find younger versions of who I envisioned. My muse for Shane has always been a mixture of Hugh Dancy’s speech and mannerisms from Confessions of a Shopaholic, out in 2009, and the ridiculously handsome smile of James Marsden. Oh, readers have mentioned Richard Madden for Shane. He’s about the right age, right? He works.
Bradley is blond and broad. Paul Walker was my original muse. So sad that we lost him. So for a movie maybe Chris Hemsworth? He’s 30, he could play Bradley. My muse for Tonya was Judy Greer, but she’s just a bit younger than me, so that doesn’t work. And Kensington I never had a muse because she’s you, the reader, and hopefully the story is experienced as if you’re in her head. But right, casting for a movie… I do love Emma Stone.

Susi:  Your title is perfect.  Did you write the story with this title in mind or did it evolve as you wrote?


Victoria:  
Love Like The Movies was written under another name and changed at the very last minute. We played around with a few ideas, but ultimately I have to give credit to my fabulous agent, Jenny Bent for this title, and I agree that it captures the story perfectly.

Susi:  Are you working on any other writing projects now?  (I loved your writing so I hope so)

Victoria:  I am. It’s a modern remake, loosely based on a 1960’s Rom-Com, only the stakes are higher, the relationships deeper, and the main plotline is much more tangled.

Susi: Is there anything you would like to say to your reader/fans?  

Victoria:  I’m just so happy that LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES is being received so well. I truly am. And I hope it inspires and reminds each of us to live our lives center stage.

Thank you Victoria for taking the time to answer these questions.  Your debut is brilliant!  I can’t wait for more readers to get their hands on it.  Best of luck on your current writing project.  I do look forward to reading more of your words.

~Susi

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About Victoria Van Tiem

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Victoria Van Tiem is an American author repped by  Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.  She’s also an artist, black belt, mom of two, wife of one, and resident caretaker of her family zoo—including their beloved, pot-bellied pig, Pobby

Webpage: http://victoriavantiem.com/

Twitter at @https://twitter.com/vtiem

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/v.vtiem

Review and Giveaway – Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem @vtiem

Are you a movie lover like me?  Check out this new book  by Victoria Van Tiem.  

Her debut romantic comedy is a brilliant and witty read!

(Giveaway after review)

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Synopsis:

In this irresistible romantic romp, movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart.What girl wouldn’t want to experience the Pretty Woman shopping scene? It’s number two on the list. Or, try the lift from Dirty Dancing? It’s number five. One list, ten romantic movie moments, and a handful of shenanigans later, Kenzi has to wonder…should she marry the man her family loves, or risk everything for a love like the movies?

My Review:

Some books make you laugh, others make you cry and some take you back to some of the best moments in your life.  Love Like The Movies did a little bit of each for me. This romantic comedy written by Victoria Van Tiem kept me hooked from the moment I started reading it. Congratulations on your debut.  I loved everything about this book.

I loved all of the movie choices used in this brilliant love story. I think every woman wants to experience one or more than one of these moments in their lives.  I can picture a few of them myself. Pairing those moments with realistic and well written characters makes this a book I will definitely reread and recommend.

I did laugh out loud numerous times while reading.  I have to admit, what made this book complete for me was my favorite scene at around 87%.  (No spoilers here) #TeamShane There it was, one of my all time favorite movies in your book.  It was perfect.  I floved it!

Now, I really don’t want to give too much away to the readers.  This is one book you must read for yourself.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

Buy the book today!  Here is the link to Amazon.com.

Giveaway

Here is your chance to win one e-book copy of Love Like The Movies.

All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite movie scene.  One winner will be chosen at random by http://www.random.org.

No purchase necessary to win.

Contest runs through tomorrow night.  Winner will be notified via e-mail.  Good luck!

About Victoria Van Tiem

vicotira van tiem

Victoria Van Tiem is an American author repped by  Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.  She’s also an artist, black belt, mom of two, wife of one, and resident caretaker of her family zoo—including their beloved, pot-bellied pig, Pobby

Webpage: http://victoriavantiem.com/

Twitter at @https://twitter.com/vtiem

Goodreads

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/v.vtiem

Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran Promo and Fun Quiz

FOOL ME TWICE by Meredith Duran comes out next week.

Don’t miss this Special promotional eBook price of $1.99 until March 25th. 

Order yours today, buy link Amazon

Here is a fun quiz to get you ready for this book.

What Kind of Romance Novel Heroine are You?  http://snack.to/qtp3ejmh

I took the quiz and got “The Beauty Next Door.”  🙂

Fool Me Twice is on my TBR list.  Full review coming soon!

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Synopsis:

Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.
Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he’ll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him—even an impertinent maid who doesn’t know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love…and he cannot survive being fooled again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meredith Duran blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history (and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after). She spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

Visit her website at MeredithDuran.com.

Follow her on Twitter too.  https://twitter.com/meredithduran