Mar 30, 2018

London in the Dark Anniversary Tour | Interview + Giveaway

Hello Friends!

I know.  I'm here on Friday again.  =)

Today a writing friend is celebrating her novel's one year birthday, and I have the privilege of joining her!  Although I haven't read London in the Dark yet, I've been inspired by Victoria and hope you will be as well.

London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents. She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

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Hello Victoria!  I'm glad to have the chance to learn more about your novel!  Can you describe London in the Dark in one sentence?

A blend of mystery and suspense without being fully either, with an endangered sibling relationship and loveable characters. :D 

What inspired you to write this novel? 

I am a huge Anglophile, and I was really in love with mystery stories at the time. The thought that really got the wheels turning was “what would it be like if someone such as Sherlock Holmes had a sister?”  That got it all going. 

What were the biggest challenges you faced in plotting/writing/editing London in the Dark, and how did God work through them? 

It was a challenge to write every day, but I am grateful for that habit that I formed. In the editing process, I had quite a few setbacks with deadlines. Each stage took longer than I thought and I ended up having to push publishing farther than I wanted to, but God really taught me to rely on Him through those disappointments and it ended up being the perfect timing in the end. 

What made you decide to begin your writing career, and what have you learned through the experience? 

I had the sudden realization that this was something I could do. So I went for it. I had a lot of friends who encouraged me along the way, and it was a very lesson filled road. Since I did nearly everything myself, I had to learn everything from the ground up. If there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that the Indie community is incredibly welcoming, encouraging and helpful as a general rule. I had several authors who took the time to answer my questions in detail and that forever blessed me beyond words. 

What piece of advice would you like to share with future (or current) Christian writers? 

Can I pick two things? The first would be to stay true to who you are and not let reviews shake your confidence. The other thing would be to make time for your writing. It is important, and you have something special to share. If it is something that you see yourself doing and something you are passionate about, take the time to do it and do it right. :D 

What are your next steps in writing? 

I am nearly finished with a modern suspense that has taken me the last few months to create and I am super excited to finish that rough draft! Next up is simultaneously finishing the half-complete first draft of London’s sequel, Shadows in London, and editing a novella that will be announced shortly! If you want to keep up to date with new books being published, be sure to follow along at my blog, Ruffles and Grace

And now for the giveaway...

About the Author:

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.



  1. This looks like such a good book! I love mystery and suspense! I think a landmark i would love to visit is St. Pauls Cathedral, or Buckingham Palace!

    1. It does look like a good book, Hannah! I'm going to have to read it soon. The landmarks you pointed out would be very interesting to visit; so much history there! I would like to visit Bedford England, where part of my WIP, Emblem of Hope, is set. =)

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, my friend!

  2. This sounds like a great book! And interesting... I like mystery :)

    1. It does sound interesting, Sarah. You'll have to let me know if you read it. =) I don't know if I've ever read a young adult mystery; maybe I should change that soon... =)

  3. I've heard of this book, and it sounds very interesting. I enjoyed reading the interview also... great questions and answers! xx

    1. I'm looking forward to reading London in the Dark! I like how Victoria said that God taught her to rely on Him for His perfect timing. That applies to so many areas of life. =) Thank you for your sweet comment, Emily!

  4. Hey Hosanna! I tagged you over on my blog :)!

    Rejoicing in Hope,
    Bri from

    1. Thank you for letting me know, Bri! I don't typically do tagged posts, but you asked some really good questions. I'll have to make an exception. ;)

    2. I wasn't sure a tag post fit your style... but I really wanted to tag you anyway, haha! I take that as a wonderful compliment, thank you so much!!! I can't wait to see your answers!!!

    3. I'll be eager to answer the questions! And thank you for all the encouragement you've given me as a sweet sister in Christ, Bri. =)

  5. Sounds like a good book to read! Nice interview.

    1. It does look like a good book, Brooklyne! I was thankful for the chance to interview Victoria. Thanks for stopping by and sharing! =)


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