Vic James

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November 2014

Vic lives in London’s Notting Hill, but her life is more action-adventure than rom-com.

She studied History and English at Merton College, Oxford where Tolkien was once professor. Relocating to Rome, she completed her doctorate in the Vatican Secret Archives (they’re nothing like The Da Vinci Code), then spent five years living in Tokyo where she learned Japanese and worked as a journalist. She now alternates writing full time with directing documentaries for the BBC.

Vic has scuba-dived on Easter Island, camped at Everest Base Camp, voyaged on one of the last mailboats to St Helena, hang-glided across Rio de Janeiro, and swum the Hellespont from Europe to Asia. But there’s little she loves more than lying in bed till midday with a good book

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Vic James What a lovely question - thank you! The characters of Luke, Abi, Daisy and Silyen had been with me a long time, and I knew their world was an alternat…moreWhat a lovely question - thank you! The characters of Luke, Abi, Daisy and Silyen had been with me a long time, and I knew their world was an alternate contemporary Britain, with magic. But I couldn't quite see the shape of that world. Then while producing a TV documentary series called 'The Super Rich and Us', I heard a lot of talk about 'the 1% and the 99%', and whether money was producing a class of people set apart from the rest of us. And the idea just came to me: What if these people didn't just have unimaginable wealth? What if that power took another form, too: magic? And everything clicked.
Then the world deepened thanks to all sorts of experiences: my childhood spent visiting the great aristocratic houses of England; my experience as a working-class girl at one of Oxford's grandest college's (like Abi, sent among the elite and having to figure out their ways!); my PhD research into the English Civil War, and from the deep myths, legends and poetry of the British Isles. I just put everything I believe to be important and love most into one story! (less)
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Vic James Oh my gosh I only just saw this - so sorry for the late response, Carolina! I've been hard at work on book 2, which picks up with what Abi does next, …moreOh my gosh I only just saw this - so sorry for the late response, Carolina! I've been hard at work on book 2, which picks up with what Abi does next, after her escape. It's been so much fun to write, though it goes to dark places and puts Abi, Luke (and many more) through testing times... As for the Jardine boys, I do love all of them: in books 2 Gavar comes to some shocking realisations, Jenner must make the hardest choice between his family and the commoner girl he loves, while Silyen's schemes may utterly transform the game that everyone else thinks they're playing ;) Thank you so much for reading! (less)
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5 reasons why cons are awesome (and you should totally go to one this summer…)

Convention season is kicking off! I’ve already been to my first one this year, the fabulous Dutch Comic Con, and this weekend it’s EasterCon in Birmingham. A highlight of last year for me was attending New York Film and Comic Con, where I signed ARCs of GILDED CAGE every day. Ah-ma-zing.

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Until 2016, I’d never been to a con before – but now I’ve found them, I  love them! YES,

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Gilded Cage Tarnished City Bright Ruin
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“Always look at the people, not at the mass. A face, not the crowd. Look at the world, not at the ground. Every little detail you see is a victory.”
Vic James, Gilded Cage

“She didn't do people, dammit. She did books. A world of difference”
Vic James, Gilded Cage

“What can I say?" Asif shrugged. "Geeky as charged.”
Vic James, Gilded Cage


Which February New Release would you like to read in March?

Books were randomly chosen from Goodreads' "Most Popular Books Published In February" list.

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Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
(Rebel of the Sands #1)
  4 votes, 44.4%

Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) by Jeaniene Frost
Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
(Night Prince, #4)
  2 votes, 22.2%

The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) by Kim Harrison
The Turn by Kim Harrison
(The Hollows #0.1)
  2 votes, 22.2%

The Dragon's Price (Transference, #1) by Bethany Wiggins
The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins
(Transference, #1)
  1 vote, 11.1%

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
(Red Queen, #3)
  0 votes, 0.0%

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
(Shades of Magic, #3)
  0 votes, 0.0%

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1) by Vic James
Gilded Cage by Vic James
(Dark Gifts, #1)
  0 votes, 0.0%

Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole
Shadow's Seduction by Kresley Cole
(Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2)
  0 votes, 0.0%

  0 votes, 0.0%

Lifeblood (Everlife, #2) by Gena Showalter
Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
(Everlife, #2)
  0 votes, 0.0%


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