In case you’re aren’t as cool hot cool dope sick sweet cool whatever as I am…
King of Pop

King of Pop

Queen of Comedy

Queen of Comedy

Victoria Slotto and half her husband

Victoria Slotto and half her husband

Okay. So what do these awesome icons have in common?
No. They aren’t all dead.
Maybe. They all have innovative moves people will try (but fail) to copy for years to come.
Yes. November 30 is an important day to each of them.
These famous people never let 11/30 go by without a major celebration.
  • Lucy was married to Desi in 1940.
  • Michael’s landmark Thriller album came out in 1982.
  • Victoria got interviewed at Lorna’s Voice in 2015.
So I’m going to have to monitor Victoria during this interview because she has her party pants on and is, well, a little rootin’-tootin rowdy giddy.
We’re here to talk about her novel, The Sin of the Father.
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I read this book, so I know it’s worth reading. Here’s part of my five-star review of it:

How would you handle shocking news that changed your definition of yourself and made you question everything about your life as you knew it? This is the challenge that Victoria Slotto presents us with as we follow her protagonist, Matt, through his journey of doing just that.

Matt, just like any person, is imperfect. He struggles with himself and with well-meaning friends from whom he turns away. He makes life-altering decisions out of fear and confusion–sound familiar? It should. We all do it. This is a book about what it is like to be human.

Victoria Slotto wrote about the difficult subjects of death, dying, betrayal, alcoholism, homelessness, abandonment, and self-doubt with the elegant touch she brings to all of her writing. This novel was artfully written and will stay with me for a long time. And isn’t that the hallmark of a wonderful book?

Can you see why Victoria and all her Peeps are all WOO!! WOO!!??

Can you see why Victoria and all her Peeps are all WOO!! WOO!!??

Lorna: Okay, Victoria, let’s settle down and talk about your book.
Victoria: I’d love to Lorna! What would you like to know? I’m just so happy to be here! You’re great! First question? I’m ready!
Lorna: (removing coffee, cookies and any sharp objects) How about some warm milk? Okay, where did the idea for this story come from?
Victoria: This is a bit of a believe it or not story…but it’s the truth. One morning about 3 AM I awakened from a deep sleep with the basic plot. I dragged myself out of bed, went into the family room and jotted it down. So, I suppose you could say it was a gift.
Lorna: You’d be surprised in what I believe in. So what happened after you got dream-zapped with the plot?
Victoria: Those cookies sure look good.
Lorna: They are, but you don’t need the sugar high, Girlfriend. Want some celery?
Victoria: Celery?
Lorna: Sure! The chewing will burn up some of the I-just-want-to-party-my socks-off-energy.
Victoria: I don’t think celery is going to help.
Lorna: (Offering a stalk of celery) You never know until you try. About your writing process?
Victoria: (Accepting celery with anti-celery face) A few weeks after the dream/gift, I went by myself to my desert writing retreat and outlined the story in detail (CRUNCH). As I fleshed out the plot over time, (CRUNCH, CRUNCH) the characters took on the project and told me where to go (with it.) I did character profiles based on the (CRUNCH) Myers-Briggs (CRUNCH) and setting descriptions (along with research and the help of a consultant Franciscan in Chicago) before I began to write. During the entire writing process, (waving last bit of celery stalk in air as if an orchestra conductor’s stumpy green baton) I edited as I went. Maybe I’m becoming the victim of OCD, but this worked so much better for me. The first novel I just wrote with no idea of where it would take me.
Lorna: Well, live and learn…or dream and learn, right? And no more celery for you, Missy! Who is your favorite character in the story and why?
Victoria: Oh, that’s easy for me: Father Uriah. He is my ideal of what a person who follows a spiritual path should be…for me, as a Christian, the embodiment of God’s loving kindness and forgiveness. He’s a human vessel of goodness. I think, because of the exposure of so much scandal in recent years, I want to remind my readers that there are so many good people who minister in so many spiritual traditions. I’ve been blessed to know many of them over the years.
Lorna: You watch Scandal, too? Isn’t Olivia Pope awesome in that complicated, strong-but-vulnerable, smart-but-stupid kind of way?
Victoria: (Shaking her head and tapping her toes) I wasn’t talking about the TV series Scandal.
Lorna: Do you hear music? Oh. Well. Hmmm. Forgive me for trying to bring in a bit of popular culture into this interview. Speaking of forgiveness, the theme of this book is clearly forgiveness. Which do you think is harder to do: forgive another person for something they have done to you or forgive yourself for something you have done to another person? Why?
Victoria: I believe self-forgiveness is harder because we are so programmed to expect perfection of ourselves. It’s a bit of a pride-thing. We know others are messed up, so we can let it slide by. Not to say it’s always easy. (Humming now)
Lorna: Hey, you looked right at me when you said that bit about others being messed up. Okay. I know I’m quirky. But, shizzle my dizzle, how boring would life be without the quirks of the world? Wait. Don’t answer that. Oh, heck fire, let’s have some cookies!
Victoria: Finally!
Lorna: Don’t get too excited. They’re vegan.
Victoria: Oh. I forgive you.
Lorna: Hey! They’re good, especially when you haven’t had butter in 20 years! You might learn something new. And speaking of learning something new, writing is a process during which you learn and grow–at least that’s what I’ve experienced. How did writing this book change you or what did you learn from writing this book?
Victoria: Well, this is something important to me, quite personal, even. I’d separated myself from the practice of the faith I was raised in and lived intensely for many years. I explored–studying Buddhism (still consider it a beautiful influence in my life), Mystical Kabbalah, New Age spirituality, American Indian Spirituality. I drifted for a number of years and it was a wonderful experience in my spiritual development and I still embrace many aspects of these practices, incorporating them into my Catholic Christianity. But in working with characters like Father Uriah, I knew I was missing something that is too much a part of me to ignore. And so I returned “home.” I think of something I heard Thich Naht Hahn say once…that eventually we need to go back to our spiritual home. Maybe that is why this gift was offered me…even if no one else would have ever read the book, it changed me. And these cookies are quite good!
Lorna: (Smiling, chewing, swallowing) So Matt, your protagonist, transformed by the end of the book and so did you. I read it and felt transformed. You could say there was a whole lot of transforming going on. Egg-replacer. I never bake without it. Everything comes out much more moist than if you use eggs. You should try it. So do you have any other stories in you waiting to be told?
Victoria: I’ve been waiting for that inspiration to appear. I do plan on putting out another collection of poetry. Poetry is a passion for me. But very recently, I met an incredible woman who wants me to write her courageous story. We have recently begun discussing it, beginning to work out details. No details, yet, though. Egg-replacer?
Lorna: Yup. Even if you aren’t vegan, use it for moist and delicious baked goodies. Memoirs are challenging but fun to write. Let me know if you need help. I have some experience in that genre. (Winking)
Victoria: (Getting up and doing huggy-twirlly dance with me) Thanks for the baking tip, offer and for the interview, Lorna. You really are a treasure!
Lorna: No, no, no, Victoria! You are the treasure. And I’m getting dizzy!
To find out more about Victoria’s books (novels and books of her amazing poetry), visit her blogAny one of her books would make a great holiday gift!
Aw, come on Victoria. I This twirling is making my head spin. I know you're over the moon about being interviewed, but a dizzy blonde has to take it easy...

Aw, come on Victoria. I this twirling is making my head spin. Is Michael Jackson available to cut in?