Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away …
Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.
Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.
Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned …
Victoria Cornwall grew up on a farm in Cornwall. She can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.
Victoria is married, has two grown up children and a black Labrador, called Alfie. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
The Real You ~ Q&A
Describe yourself using three words?
I can think of several, but not all are complimentary. Caring, loyal and punctual sums me up quite well.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I have always enjoyed reading fiction and had a dream of writing a book. In 2007 I moved house to live on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It was the beautiful, barren landscape of the moors which inspired me to turn my dream into a reality.
What time of day do you like to write?
I tend to write in the afternoon. Mornings are busy with my day job, and evenings are busy with social media and relaxing with my family.
What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book, or perhaps I should say books, are the Poldark series. I fell in love with them after I watched the original television series in the mid 70’s. The current series of Poldark is filmed near where I live and last year I was lucky enough to meet the original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis. He wished me well for The Thief’s Daughter and we had a photograph taken together, which was very kind of him.
How did you pick the title of your book?
Titles are so important. I can agonise over the title for months. I wanted something short, yet reflected Jenna, the heroine. I think The Thief’s Daughter title sums up her story very well. She grew up in a family of thieves, but as an adult, she is desperate to distance herself from her family’s bad reputation. Yet, despite trying to abide by the law, her family’s bad name continues to blight her life. After all, she is a thief’s daughter and must have bad blood running through her veins.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
William Pitt, the younger, makes an appearance. He was the youngest Prime Minister in England and it was the changes he made which began the demise of Cornish smuggling. Cornwall’s smuggling past features heavily in The Thief’s Daughter.
What’s your favourite word?
Alfie. It is the name of my dog. He is so loyal, loving and daft that just saying the word conjures up the essence of him and makes me feel happy.
If you were a colour what would it be?
Turquoise, only because I like the colour.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I always plan. However, I am flexible and may change things as I go, although the main framework remains the same.
Who is your favourite Author?
I have a few. Winston Graham, Gloria Cook and E.V.Thompson. Strangely, they all write fiction based in Cornwall!
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending, who would you choose?
I would have liked Heathcliff to have had a happy ending. If he had a happy ending, he may not have turned into such a bitter and vengeful man, who carried out such violent and cruel acts.
Are you working on a new project?
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
On 8th April, 2017, I will be at the Exeter Library, in Devon, with some fellow Choc Lit authors. The event is an afternoon of author chats, a Q&A session, fun quizzes and, of course, chocolate!
For writers, there will also be the opportunity for a one-on-one pitch session with Choc Lit editors in attendance. We would love to see you. Tickets will be on sale very soon. However, in the meantime, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Come along. We would love to meet you!
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Thanks to Victoria and the team at Choc Lit.