December 15, 2011

Author Interview: VICTORIA SIMCOX

Today I am pleased to welcome Victoria Simcox, author of the newly released The Black Shard, to Psychotic State Book Reviews.  Welcome, Victoria!

Thank you for this interview, Victoria. Can we begin by having you tell us why you chose children’s fantasy to write?

VS:  Ever since I was a small child I have always loved fantasy and fairy tales. Now that I’m an adult, juvenile and young adult fantasy are still my favorite genres to read. I chose to write a children’s fantasy because I have a great imagination that I felt I’d like to put  to good use. I also love children and the fact that they have such vivid imaginations and a sense of wonder. Being an elementary school art teacher, I get to hear all about the books my students are reading, and I love how excited they get when they explain their favorite stories to me.

Did you outline before you wrote your book or did you just go with the flow?

VS:  I definitely go with the flow, but I do plan things loosely, and I do go back through my manuscript at times to change situations and plots.

Who was your favorite character in The Black Shard and why?

VS:  I have many favorites, but one I loved creating was Werrien, because in the beginning of the story, in The Magic Warble he starts out as your typical good looking, self-centered, teenaged boy, but as the story progresses he becomes kinder, more sensitive, but yet still physically strong.

What was the inspiration behind the story? Where were you when you came up with the idea?

VS:  I remember I was sitting in the movie theater, watching the first Harry Potter movie, when I envisioned my main character Kristina walking down a snowy sidewalk. At the time that’s all of the story I had. I went home that night and wrote my first page not knowing where the story would go.

Thank you for this interview, Victoria. Can you tell us where we can find out more about you and your wonderful new book?

VS:  Yes, for sure! 

If someone is interested in checking out the first book in the series, where can I send them? 

VS:  I'm glad you asked me that because even though The Black Shard can stand alone as its own story I recommend reading the first book, The Magic Warble (  There are also quite a few reviews for The Magic Warble on Amazon

Still looking for  that perfect gift for the reader (child or adult) who loves fantasy, a la Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia?  The Magic Warble and The Black Shard would make an excellent choice!  Read my review of The Magic Warble here; my review of The Black Shard is coming up in the next few days!    


Kristina's stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it's all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester's cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it's actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can't refuse.  

Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends ... and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn't get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the ''Black Shard'', Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it's in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.


Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as ''the chosen one'', the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control. But it s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous ''Magic Warble,'' in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen s ''zelbocks'' before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. 

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