Thank you for taking the time to visit my site.
Before you hopefully have a look around, please let me tell you more about myself.
I’m a fun-loving, happy and positive person who would love to inspire all those around me. I love walking, reading, drinking … this sounds more like an ad for a dating site: not sure hubby would be too happy about that. Should we start again?
Well, in a nutshell, I’m a mum, a wife, a writer and Managing Director of an online wedding boutique: Calm Weddings. I’m an author of contemporary women’s fiction, wedding non-fiction and inspirational books.
I am passionate about writing. For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be an author. As soon as I could write I was creating stories. However, like many authors, my writing became a hobby and I embarked on a ‘real career’.
I studied at Teesside University gaining a BA (Hons) Business Marketing and went on to work in marketing, event co-ordination and PR. I stayed in these types of roles for over 15 years. I decided to use my event planning skills and move into the wedding industry after hubby and I got married. I qualified as a professional wedding planner (yes, there is such a qualification) and decided to put my love of writing and weddings together to bring brides three wedding books that would help them have the wedding of their dreams.
It was in the midst of writing the wedding books, and developing Calm Weddings, our first child was born; Alexia. Nigh on, two years later, Gabriella joined us. (Now, six and four-years-old respectively.) I stopped working full-time, with some kind of idealistic view that being at home with my babies would allow me more time to turn the hobby I loved so much into a career. Now, anyone who has children I’m sure you’re laughing at this moment, thinking ‘fool’.
My writing, in all aspects, and building of Calm Weddings diminished between wiping bums, feeding times, sleepless nights, even writing a diary was an effort because I realised all I could talk about was how exhausted I was. Not that I begrudge my gorgeous girls any of my time, but I was starting to feel somewhat cocooned. So when they were the ages of four and two years, I missed the art of storytelling so much and I knew I needed a focus, so I embarked on a MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University.
What a rollercoaster year that was … by the time I got to the classes, that were two evenings a week, I was wiped, but by the time I left the classes I was inspired and exhilarated! In was in this time I won an Adele Parks Short Story Competition. This was an amazing and exciting time for me.
Please feel free to check out the winning story:
‘I liked the humour, tension, character development. It’s a clean script, definitely the strongest. Congratulations Victoria!’ Adele Parks.
My MA made me realise how much I missed writing. It also made me understand how much I could fit into my already busy life. So once, I’d graduated, I went back to my fiction books. (There were plenty to choose from in my endless pile of notebooks.) And, in 2012, I published my first novel How my life became chaos. I received so much support and encouragement, it was quite overwhelming.
It’s got to be said, I couldn’t continue to do this without my readers. I love hearing from my readers, so please do feel free to pop me an email.
Now, I could waffle on and on, however, I was told I needed to stop writing around about here, (well, actually about 500 words ago), so if you’d like to read some more of my ramblings, please do visit my blog … it would be lovely to see you there.
Thank you lots for visiting
Love Victoria x