Imagine Blog Tour // Interviewing the One and Only Victoria Crooks!

YOU GUYS.

*screams*

*runs around the house*

*dances*

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IT IS THE DAY! The Imagine Blog Tour train has stopped here at AFH! So let’s cue that beautiful cover and blurb:

Coming September 21, 2021!

It’s time to imagine…

Imagination.

Such a small word for such a huge impact it has. Every great story begins here—at that moment after the idea but before the story is completed. The spark. The vision. The idea that will expand into a story that clings to readers’ hearts for a lifetime. An author’s story is limited only by his imagination, and how far he is willing to go to breathe life into characters. To build the foundations of another world. To see the struggles and envision the victories. To search for the magic burning in the darkness.

Teen Writers’ Nook presents a collection of short stories and poems from talented young authors that will take you beyond the boundaries of your mind. From snarky protagonists to the tear-jerking sacrifice. From mystical fantasy worlds to indescribable sci-fi stories. Thrilling adventures, daring choices, inspiring messages, heartfelt romances, and everything beyond. Maybe—just maybe—these tales will have you journey past reality and to the depths of your imagination. Will you take the risk and embark through the pages of this book?

Featuring work from Alaine Darkwood, Alexa Peterson, Allie Jo Andersen, Chloe B. Christensen, Faith Elizabeth, Grace A. Johnson, Grey S. Park, Linyang Zhang, Lissa Johnson, Lorelei Angelino, Penelope Rugan, Selah Sigmon, Victoria Crooks, and V. L. Smith!

Go pre-order the e-book right now!


Did you do it? Did you pre-order the e-book? *narrows eyes* Well, you should do it or else Alexa’s going to come haunt you in your dreams. And better yet, the book will be available in both e-book and print format! So you can have a physical copy that you can hold IN YOUR HANDS. How cool is that?

Today I will be interviewing the fabulous VICTORIA!! Victoria is a fantastic gal whose story, ‘To Risk the Truth’ is also featured in the anthology! As I’ve come to know her over the past few years (just kidding, I haven’t known her for that long XD) I’ve found that she is the sweetest, funniest, most diligent person I’ve ever met! Y’all better go pop on her blog to see for yourself!! You can visit her right HERE!

Now onto the interview! *gives everyone snacks*

My questions are bolded and Victoria’s answers are (not bolded?) I just realized how weird that sounds.


#1. Was this the first time you’ve ever written a short story/poem? If so, what was something you learned through the process?

This actually wasn’t the first time I’ve written a short story! I’ve kind of been dabbling in writing since I was about 10 or 11 but have just gotten more serious about it in the past year or so. That said, there are a loooooot of written (and *coughs* mostly unfinished) short stories I’ve done. XD

#2. Where did you get the inspiration for your short story? Was it a particular song, book, or something else?

Hehe, so I have two answers for this one. 😉 The first thing that helped inspire my short story was the ocean! My fam and I were at the beach in June and I just remember looking out towards the water and feeling so amazed at how powerful and beautiful it was as the water crashed against the shore and stretched out farther than the eye could see. It really reflected how powerful God is for creating something like that! 

The second thing that helped spark the idea for my short story, was the story of Queen Esther in the Bible. I had been kinda thinking about doing a retelling of a Bible story, but wasn’t sure how or which one to use. I can’t remember if I actually settled on doing that or not, but either way, I guess the story of Esther just stayed in the back of my head because you’ll see a loooot of similar elements from Esther weaving its way into mine. So, I guess it ended up becoming a Bible story retelling after all! XD

That’s so cool where you found your inspiration!!

#3. What has been one thing you’ve learned after going through the process to be published in the Imagine Anthology?

Y’all, I HANDS DOWN had no idea how much editing it takes for even just a 5,000 something word story. (Makes me wanna give a huge round of applause to all of my favorite authors for what they go through.) XD So, although it was a lot of work, I really enjoyed seeing my story morph from a second draft (I actually had my family give me feedback on it before I sent it into Teen Writers’ Nook #WayOverTheWordCountThere) ;P into a fifth and final draft!

#4. Can you give us a fun fact of something that happened during the writing and/or editing process? Hilarious typo? Weird fact you had to search? Best edit you received?

Oh hmmm, I’ll have to think on that one for a sec. *racks brain* Well, at one point I did way too much research on the speed of sound…along with mind boggling conversions from miles per hour to kilometers to hours and crazy stuff like that. (Mind you, I did NOT do that math by myself. I did it with my pet genie, Google.) XP Aaaand of course, I didn’t end up using any of it specifically in my story, but I did learn some pretty cool facts with how fast sound can go and that it’s way different (and slower) than the speed of light (which I may or may not have kept getting mixed up with each other.) XD

#5. Do you have any words of inspiration for other young authors?

  1. If you ever enter a writing contest ALWAYS make sure to read and REVIEW the rules constantly. (Let’s just say there’s an interesting story behind that in my case…) XD
  2. If possible, try not to end up waiting until 2-3 days before the contest deadline to write and submit your story. If you do though, then I will warn you: bleary computer screen eyes and a way too tired mind will be some lovely side effects. (If you’re a coffee drinker, then that may be your last hope.) XD
  3. Pray, pray, pray!!! Y’all, I’m tellin’ ya, if you’re having ANY trouble with your writing then just ask God to guide you and to show you what to do ‘cause He will! It may take some patience on your part and some days you may be ready to give up waiting for an answer, but He will give you one in His perfect timing and probably through ways you don’t expect! 😉 

Y’all, Victoria is the gal to go to when you need advice!

#6. Outside of writing, what do you like to do for fun?

I love to read (obviously) XD, listen to music, play the piano and guitar, hang out with my family, watch movies and TV shows, ummm…what else…OH, well duh. I love to blog! XDD So yeah, that’s pretty much it!

#7. Have you ever been published before?

I have, actually! In 2018, I wrote a short story/fanfiction thing for a writing contest hosted by author Susan K. Marlow. I ended up tying in third place (which I wasn’t even expecting to win a place at all) XD and it got published in a book with all of the other winning stories. You can find it on Amazon (it’s called Into the Sunset 2018 Contest Winners) buuut, hehe, that’s the amauter work of me at a pretty young age so I’d advise caution reading it. XD (And in all honesty, I feel like I got “more published” in Imagine since I had a say of the final product and went through the edits. With Into the Sunset I think Susan K. Marlow did all of the edits herself and all I did was write the first draft of a story.) XD

Now I know what I’m going to read this afternoon! XD

#8. What was your favorite part of writing your story and why?

Auuugh, WHY this question?!?! Oh wait, I made it up…eheh. Let’s seeeee….I guess my favorite part was writing my main character. I don’t wanna say too much out of spoiling the story, but let’s just say her worldview is one that I haven’t dabbled in before and it was interesting trying my hand at creating the thoughts and opinions one might have with that worldview. I know, that probably sounds super confusing, but if you read my story it might make more sense. 😉

#9 What was one of the toughest struggles you’ve had as a writer and how did you overcome it?

Oh, DEFINITELY finding the time to write. Which…I’m still in the process of trying to overcome that. XD Juggling life and writing can be really hard especially if you’re super busy so I’m working on how to balance both right now. 

Who can relate? *raises hand* ME! Balance is such a hard thing in life, I’m sure only a couple of humans on this earth have mastered it. XP

#10 What is one message you want readers to take away from your story?

That God is the greatest being in existence and no one can ever be more powerful than Him. It’s just a fact, really. I mean, can you create an entire universe out of nothing by speaking a single word? (‘Cause I know I sure can’t.) XD It’s pretty humbling too, knowing that our lives are literally in God’s hands and He could kill each of us in less than a blink of an eye if He wanted to. However, He doesn’t do that because He loves us even when we don’t act very lovable. (Which is probably a really hard thing to do.) XD

You said it perfectly!


Oh my gosh guys, weren’t Victoria’s answers amazing? *gives Victoria chocolate* THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting me interview you, girl!!!!!! It was a blast!!!! Now y’all, if you want to see yours truly featured on Victoria’s blog on the 20th, you can pop on over to her site right here! (I know, I know, I can barely wait either!!!!!) 😉

Remember that Sparks mock cover reveal I promised you? Today’s your lucky day! But first, I’m going to start with all the Sparks graphics!

Now it’s time for the mock cover reveal!

Tada!

How could one person make a difference?

When Taliyah feels like she’s drowning in quicksand from school, anxiety, and relationship problems, she quickly realizes that she’s not alone in this world of darkness.


Here’s the rest of the blog tour schedule!

14th – Imagine Blog Tour Kick-Off – TeenWritersNook.com

15th – AllieAndersen.com

16th – GraceAJohnson.com

17th – AFangirlsHideaway.wordpress.com (Hmm, I wonder wherever this magical place is.)

19th – Linyang Zhang – TeenWritersNook.com

19th – ConfessionsOfAReadingGeek1.wordpress.com

20th – AuthorVLSmith.com

20th – GloryForGodAlone.blogspot.com

21th IMAGINE RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!

22th – Penelope Rugan – AFangirlsHideaway.wordpress.com

23rd – Lorelei Angelino – AllieAndersen.com 

24th – LairOfAnEmeraldPhoenix.wordpress.com

26th – YourWriterlyFriendKads.wordpress.com

28th – Blog Tour Wrap-Up – Teen WritersNook.com

And here’s the fancy, beautiful blog tour graphic that I can’t stop staring at!!! Maybe because it has my blog URL on it. *cough* 😉

Aaah, guys, this is the next generation of life-changing authors!!! I hope y’all are as excited as I am for this release!!!!

32 thoughts on “Imagine Blog Tour // Interviewing the One and Only Victoria Crooks!

  1. WHERE ON EARTH DO I EVEN START????????

    Okay, lemme see. First Victoria’s answers were simply FANTABULOUS!!!!!! That’s crazy that you were published before, girl, (and I’m slightly upset you’ve not mentioned this before now. XD I mean, I knew you won a contest once, but HOW DID IT ACTUALLY GETTING PUBLISH NEVER COME UP????????!!!!! XDD Though, that’s really weird that she edited it herself and didn’t give you a say. That’s not really normal standards for the publishing industry. *shrugs*) Ooo and girl, your advice was spot on and I second E V E R Y T H I N G!!!! But now I’m curious what this interesting story was. XD And, girl, I love your mission for your story and how Queen Esther inspired it!! I actually have an idea to do a contemporary retelling of the Esther story… It’s one of my FAVORITE Bible stories!!!! *high fives* Hahaha, it’s crazy how many of the authors keep mentioning how they had no idea how many edits a short story needs. XDDD But I was the SAME WAY when my short story was published! I guess it’s one of those things you’ll never understand unless you experience it, y’know?

    Okay, now back to Alexa. That cover… I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!! I think it’s just SO perfect for it. And I love how I can pick up on a few details in the graphics and cover that most people wouldn’t notice if they hadn’t read the story. XD But aaaahh, Alexa, these graphics are gold!!! I ADORE THEM!!! (And the banner for this post!) You just superb at this. *appluase* I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE SPARKS AND TO RISK THE TRUTH OUT IN PRINT!!!!!

    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH Alexa for joining the blog tour and THANK YOU, Victoria for helping out!!!!! *sends you and your readers chocolate since I had mentioned it would be provided but I forgot to give it to everyone XD*

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    • AWWW, THANK YOU GIRL!!!!!! (Hehehehe…yeah, I thought I may have mentioned it before, but I guess I didn’t. XD I know, that was kinda weird, but then again, I probably wouldn’t have been very good at making edits at that age.) XD EEP. THANK YOU SO MUUUCH!!!!! Lol, I’ve actually decided on doing a blog post featuring the backstory behind “To Risk the Truth”, so you’ll get to hear about soon!!! 😀 😉 *GASPS* No way!!!! Girl, you should TOTALLY do a contemporary retelling of Esther!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s BY FAR one of my favorite Bible stories tooo!!!!! *high-fives you back* Hahaha, DEFINITELY!!! I honestly think every writer should go through that process ’cause it’s just so helpful!!! 😉

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    • Victoria’s answers were FABULOUS!! I agree with you 100000000%!!

      Aww, I’m glad you liked the cover! Ooh yes, you did pick up on all the details! I’m hoping to make more “hidden secret” graphics so maybe you’ll pick up on those too! *sheepish smile* I CAN NOT WAIT EITHER!! It still seems so surreal that I will be able to have my story sitting on my bookshelf!! Aah, thank you so much for making that happen!!

      *eats chocolate happily* XD

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  2. EEEEEEE!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INTERVIEWING ME, ALEXA!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 I was pretty worried that we wouldn’t get to do this and have to go with the back-up plan, but I’m SOOOO HAPPY this worked out!!!!! And GIRL. *tackle hugs you* THAT WAS THE SWEETEST INTRO EVEEER!!!!! (Although, when you said “As I’ve come to know her over the past few years” I was like, “WAIT. IT’S BEEN THAT LONG!?!?! Time really HAS flown.”) XDD Seriously though, it kinda DOES feel like forever and I’ve LOOOOOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED getting to know you for however long we’ve known each other!!!!!!!!!! 😉

    GAAAAHHH!!!!! Those graphics are AMAAAAZING!!!! AND THAT MOCK COVER. *heart eyes* It’s SOOO pretty!!!!! I’m DYING to read your story SOOO BAD!!!!!!!! Only…*counts on fingers ’cause I’m so bad at math* 4 DAYS LEFT!!!!! XDDD

    Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this (and helping me out when I thought I wouldn’t get the answers ready in time)!!!! I ABSOLUTELY can’t wait to see your answers to these questions and feature you on my blog on Mondaaaay!!!!! <3333

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    • YOU ARE WELCOME!!! Me too! The back-up plan was a very awesome back-up plan but I’m so happy that we could do this too! *tackle hugs you back* It does feel like it has been a long time though, huh? 😀 ME TOO! I have LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, getting to know you as well!! Seriously though, I can’t imagine life with y’all!

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! And I’m DYING (literally!!) to read To Risk the Truth SO BAD TOO! 4 DAYS LEFT!!! Well, two by the time I’m responding to this comment but it is going by so FAST! (And slow at the same time XD)

      I’m going to shoot the same thing back to you girl, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Me TOO!! *squeals* <33

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    • *gives Diamond all the candy in the world because she listened and pre-ordered the book just like I said* *winky face* *takes a deep breath* *begins screaming* AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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  3. Awesome post!! I wish I could leave a nice, long, beautiful comment like everyone else, but I honestly have no words other than THIS WAS AMAZING I LOVED ALL OF VICTORIA’S ANSWERS AND YOUR GRAPHICS AND, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH THAT MOCK COVER IS SO AMAZING AND HOW DID YOU DO IT CAUSE I’VE BEEN TRYING TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT FOR DAAAAAAYYYYYSS!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍*Catches breath* You deserve this all so much Alexa, you’re just amazing and I cannot wait to read your story! I’m seriously gonna die if I have to wait another day to read Sparks! 😉

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    • I totally get you, girl! There are so many words for how excited I am!!!!! Caution: this means that I might result in saying weird things that make no sense and break out into song occasionally. Oh and this also means lots of screaming. *cough*

      *asks self* HOW DID I MAKE THAT COVER?? Well, I got some tips for you: listen to your heart!! I believe in you Chloe and I bet that you will make an AMAZING mock cover!! GOOOOO CHLOE!!

      AWW! Thank you so much! And I’m going to shoot the EXACT same thing back to you: You deserve this all so much Chloe, you’re just amazing and I cannot wait to read your story!!!!!!!!! <33333

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      • Haha, yeah you’ll hear that from me too!😂

        Thanks for the advice! I’ve made several mock covers but none of them have ever been as good as yours, maybe one day… 😉

        D’aww, thank you!!

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  4. I don’t know what to say!!! The amazing answers, the fabulous graphics, the spot on cover, WHERE AM I SUPPOSED TO START??!!!!
    Just, AMAZING JOB TO BOTH OF YOU!!!!!! I- I seriously don’t know what to say!!!!! Everything was just so cool!!! <33333
    I can’t wait to read both of your short stories/poems!! I’m sure they’ll be AWESOME!!!!

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    • THANK YOU SO MUCH, JANE!!! It means a ton!!!! <3333 *showers you with unlimited chocolate* There ya go! Enjoy the buffet! XD And I CAN NOT wait to read Hidden Magic!!!

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  5. Amazing answers Victoria!! And amazing interview Alexa!!! AHH THE GRAPHICS ARE AWESOME and now I’m even more hyped for the releaseeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *apologizes for spamming up with exclamation marks*
    SERIOUSLY though I can’t wait to read it!!!

    Also, cuz I think this is blogger protocol, you’ve been nominated: https://lairofanemeraldphoenix.wordpress.com/2021/09/20/the-sunshine-blogger-award/ 🙂

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  6. Aaahh, VICTORIA and ALEXA, this is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 Every time I see the ocean, I am always in awe of how amazing God is! And I love hearing your words of inspiration, Victoria!!!!!! WOWWW, I HAD NO IDEA YOU WERE PUBLISHED BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😲 That’s INCREDIBLE, GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    And Alexa, I LOVE your graphics and mock cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are so AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍

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