#1 NYT bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty novels and eight novellas and short works including one interactive e-book. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages including Russian, Korean and Turkish. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different parts of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.
During her journalism career, Victoria covered presidents, interviewed movie stars and reported on the visit of a pope. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters, or be inside a burning building or ride an elephant (not as much fun as it looks). She’s covered national political conventions as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.
Victoria has been a finalist in the RITA competition twice and insists on keeping a special spot vacant in her office should that little gold chick ever make her way home. She was honored to be the keynote speaker at RWA in San Francisco and the RITA MC in Anaheim in 2012— two of the biggest thrills of her career.
Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha with her husband, two very human bearded collies, in a house under endless renovation (buy her books) with the accompanying parade of men in tool belts (also not as much fun as it sounds), and never ending chaos. She laughs a great deal. She has to.