My name is Victoria and I am a read-a-holic, I love books, the feel of them, the smell of them but most especially the places they take me. Ever since I was a little girl, books have transported me, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have at least one book on the go. These days I am almost strictly a Kindle girl but there is something about the smell of a book that never really stops a true book-a-holic from having the need to hold them, to flick through the pages and feel the weight of where the story can take you.
In 2006 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (hence the name RAgirl), 3 years later Fibromyalgia reared its ugly head, not long after that Costochondritis decided to join the party, my doctor promised that that particular affliction would be temporary, he lied. So with all chances of returning to my previous profession as an IT trainer down the drain, I turned to books as my solace.
A few years ago I returned to the passion of my youth and started writing again. I took a few courses and came away with a diploma in applied writing and started on my novel, New Dawn, which is still very much a work in progress. I also started networking with various authors and joining some beta reader groups, allowing me to use the editing skills taught on the courses I did.
I don’t just love reading, I love words and I love the process of getting those words into some sort of order and seeing others enjoy them. I am passionate about the whole processes.
Of course, books are not my only passion. The most important thing in my world are my 3 darlings, my two sons Jodi 28 and Steve 25 and my baby girl Katarina, 11. I am also blessed with one mokopuna (grandchild in Maori) Lily-May, daughter of Jodi, she is a sparkly wee 7 year old.
I am proud to say that I have brought up all three of my children by myself, not that I planned it that way, the boys’ father walked out when they were tiny and Katarina’s dad died in a tragic accident before she was born. I am an advocate for single parents, we get a bad rap most of the time but no parent is stronger than the one who has no-one to fall back on and my kids are living proof that not all kids from broken homes are messed up, they make me so proud to be their mum every single day. The boys have grown up to become my best friends and I hope my daughter does as well.
I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the most beautiful country in the world, New Zealand. Yes I know, you’re all jealous, and who wouldn’t be, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It’s a magic place.
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