Victoria Walters was discovered in a short story competition run by Simon & Schuster’s The Hot Bed.
Her first novel, The Second Love of my Life was published by Headline, and she returns to the fold with Summer at the Kindness Cafe, her second novel.
Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?
Summer at the Kindness Cafe is a book about three women who make a pact to be kinder to others, and to themselves, and discover over a summer in the Surrey Hills that kindness has the power to change everything. It’s a cosy, heart-warming story about friendship, family, and love, and of course about how the world would be a better place if we were all just a little bit kinder. It’s all set around a fictional cafe called Brew and hopefully everyone will wish they could go there for a cup of tea and a slice of cake after they’ve read it!
If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?
Confessions of a Clumsy Cat-Lady would be pretty suitable haha!!
What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?
Nothing too strange (yet!!) but I do get a lot of readers asking me if the places in my books are real. Everyone wants to visit Brew but sadly I made it up! There are some lovely spots in the Surrey Hills though especially Shere, which has a lot in common with Littlewood, the town in Summer at the Kindness Cafe.
If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?
Jane Austen or JK Rowling. Although in reality I would be far too intimidated to actually write with them!
Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).
I used to collect trolls – you know the plastics figures with big spiky hair. I miss those guys!
Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.
- The Flatshare because it’s funny and romantic,
- Normal People because it’s so cleverly written, and
- Daisy Jones and The Six because it’s just a brilliant book, and you’d be crazy to miss it!