Vallory Vance is a color inside the lines, Human Resources professional living in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex by day. After her family consisting of a husband of almost twenty years, three kids and two dogs have filled her evenings with laughter, she sits down to her laptop to write tales of the first moments of falling in love when nothing else seems to matter.
As a fortieth birthday present to herself, she decided to share her stories of romances that range from sweet to spicy with use of an occasional prop.
I began writing plays and poetry in college then stopped. When I turned 40, I
started publishing articles through online outlets. In 2012, I published my
first romantic short story with Amira Press and I don’t think I’ll stop writing
Have there been any surprises along the way?
Since I’ve been writing, I’ve discovered so many sub-genres of writing. I guess I was
stuck in a kind of literary bubble until I met other writers.
Why this story? What was your inspiration to write it?
Déjà Vu and the rest of the Rose Gold Collection actually started as a short story
about three women in different stages of their lives who are talking on a
mundane Friday afternoon at work and then go on to have the weekend of their
dreams. It was intended to show that romance is possible at any stage of our
One incident that started me on this exploration happened the day before Valentine’s
Day 2012. As usual I was taking the train into work. A man, most likely in his
mid-sixties, steps into the aisle and a woman, probably late fifties, takes the
window seat next to him. They talk about the weather, their jobs and their adult
children. Then she asks if he had a chance to try that recipe she had given him.
Yes, he says and invites her over to try it tomorrow night - Valentine’s
At the same time, me and the woman next to me grunt – Oh! We look at each and
giggle. We’d both been eavesdropping, but also seen that age doesn’t limit your
chance at romance!
What was your favorite part of the book to write?
I loved writing Darcey and Vincent in the kitchen enjoying dinner and talking
about their lives. I like simple scenes in romantic works where the couple isn’t
skydiving or racing down a river, but just sitting and talking and really
getting to know each other along with the reader.
Is there a message you want your readers to take away from this book?
I like what Darcey has to say – You can’t custom order me from a magazine. We are all unique and deserve love that is uniquely ours.
Do you have any other upcoming releases or projects you would like to talk about?
I’m working on the second installment of The Rose Gold Collection, A Loving Affair
and hope to have it on the virtual shelves by the end of the year.
Where can readers find you?
Find me blogging on the Vallory V – A Romance Author Blog and tweeting @ValloryVance and posting Youtube videos on the Vallory Vance Channel
Who is on your "to be read" shelf?
Anne George and Walter Mosley are next up in the queue.
What are you reading now?
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (summer reading for my daughter and
mom needs to help)
If you could only pick one book from your childhood to preserve for others to read,
what would it be?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
How do you find your muse?
She finds me. I just type.
Where is your favorite spot to write?
I like writing in my room once the kids have gone to sleep.
What book do you think should be made into a movie?
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King!
So the lustful looks Vincent Guidry cast in her direction didn't faze her. It was the feeling of déjà vu creeping up her spine that made her run at breakneck speed away from the handsome former quarterback.
And she wouldn't have ever sought him out again. Not for herself. But there was someone else to consider…
Her head popped up, bright eyes and a seductive smile. “You just want me at your
He did. He wanted her all the time. He hadn’t felt like this since Melissa three
years ago; an attorney he’d met at some event. In the end, Melissa hadn’t been
able to deal with his work schedule and he hadn’t been willing to deviate from it.
But for Darcey.
He had rescheduled meetings, delegated authority, actually taken a vacation to be
close to her and have those bright eyes shining down on him. “I love you.” The
words were expelled by the crushing sensation in his chest and he waited.
What he wanted was for her to say that she loved him as well. What he expected was
an argument about the nothing serious rule. What she did was startling.
Darcey backed away from him as if he had mutated into some sort of monster. “I’m
tired. I think I’m going to take a shower and go to bed. I have to be up early.” She flew out of the room.
That was their end. The sinking feeling in his belly and the emptiness of the room
told him he was right. Apparently, what lay beyond nothing serious was a deal
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