Writer: Victoria writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults with a present concentration on meditation and women’s contemporary fiction. Her two children’s books have been translated into ten languages and her adult gift book into three. Her adult novel was a finalist for the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. Victoria has over one hundred publishing credits including Pets Are a Blessing (Abbey Press, 2014) , CareNotes (Abbey Press, 2014 and 2011), and bylines in McCall’s, U.S. Catholic, Ladies Home Journal, , Christian Parenting Today, and in organizational newsletters, newspapers, and speech-language pathology materials. [testimonials]
Victoria speaks about writing and on any subject her writing addresses to classrooms, writers groups, at workshops and conferences, and to social/community groups. She taught journal writing , basic composition and reading, and critical thinking as an adjunct instructor for Miami University Hamilton. She published therapy materials and wrote informational pamphlets as a speech-language pathologist from which she “retired” early to devote more time to writing. [testimonials]
Community Volunteer and Fish Stick Catholic
Victoria co-founded the Mad Anthony Writers Conference in 2005. The conference has been rated Excellent by attendees and presenters since its debut in 2006 and was one of only four conferences featured in Writers Digest (February, 2014). The conference has raised over $60,000 for the YWCA Family Literacy Program (Butler County, OH), Boys & Girls Literacy Program (Butler County, OH), The Lucy Idol Center for the Medically Handicapped (Vermilion, OH), and for books for the Lane Public Libraries (Butler County, OH).
Victoria also chaired BookFest @Icefest (2011, 2013, and 2015) and BookFest @ Operation Pumpkin ( 2016)–free venues for writers to sell and sign their books.
Victoria wrote Hamilton, Ohio Fun Book 1 and 2 (puzzles about Hamilton, Ohio) to raise funds for local charities. She co-chaired a national writing contest for five years as a member of the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America and ghost-wrote speeches and other written projects for local causes. Her awards include:
- Finalist: Tuscany Press for Catholic Fiction (2012)
- Family Friendly Book Award (2006) for When Your Pet Dies
- Hamilton Vision 2020 “Vision” Award for the Mad Anthony Writers Conference
- When Your Grandparent Dies (2002) continues to be an Abbey Press Best Seller
As a lifelong member of St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church Victoria has served in numerous capacities including Parish Council, Education Commission, Lay Distributor, Lector, guitar player, retreat committee, and as a regular contributor to the parish newsletter and two parish Anniversary Books. Upon graduation from Miami University (Ohio), she established speech-language pathology programs in local parish schools that did not offer those services, eventually working at St. Peter in Chains, St. Ann, St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Stephen, St. Veronica, Queen of Peace, and Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary.