Besides a youthful stint behind the Orange Curtain, Victoria has lived on the edge of a desert all her life. She raised three boys, taught English, and is a certificated teacher librarian. While moonlighting as a literary bridesmaid, she has been published in literary journals, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is a Bosque Magazine Fiction Prize finalist and is included in Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. She reviews books at SchoolLibraryLady.com and contributes to the Inlandia syndicated column Literary Journeys, which supports the work of Inland Empire authors. She currently writes and supports the writing endeavors of others full time. Her current project is editing a teen-authored edition of Inlandia: A Literary Journey Journal for spring 2018.

A note on the header: My book club and I were doing a ‘mugshot’ project for Banned Books Week. Everyone in the club found a library book, which they had read, that was on the ALA banned and challenged list . Once we had taken all of their mugshots, I commented that I had read all of the books they’d chosen. So they took a picture of me holding those books.

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