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My name is Victoria, but most people call me Tori; feel free to do the same. I'm both a poet and a writer of children's fiction. Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a degu named Joshua, a pair of chinchillas named Mollie & Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.
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Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I haven’t let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of becoming a published author. I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing the first of my books as an eBook via Smashwords. Several more titles have been published since, with paperbacks and audio books also being made available. So now I’m a published author of several poetry collections, as well as a long list of children’s stories.
I’m just as happy exercising the logical side of my brain as the creative side of it, so would describe myself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. A couple of people have agreed with that description of me, so I feel I'm justified in using it.
When I’m not lost in my own world, you’re most likely to find me either reading, writing, or attempting to keep my eMails from piling up. If I’m not doing any of those things, chances are I’m spending time with my hubby and furkids. Either that, or taking some time to explore some of my other interests, such as knitting, Dungeons And Dragons style roleplaying games, music, brainteaser puzzles, movies, baking, history, science, astronomy, and a few other things that randomly capture my attention from time to time.
I also love almost anything to do with animals and nature. I have to say "almost" because I'm not too keen on spiders and creepy crawly things, though can pretend they don't exist if they don't come too close to me. My favourite animals are cats, dogs, rodents, and horses, though I generally get all soppy over just about any four-legged animal; especially young ones. That love of animals was a huge factor in my choice to become a vegetarian, as it's hard to enjoy a meal when you feel sorry for it.
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Anyway, if you want to find out about any of my books, or where you can get them, please do so by using the drop down menu at the top right of this page.
Or, if you want to find out about the "Wyrd Worlds II" anthology I contributed to, then go to http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/wyrd-worlds-ii.html to find out about the book and where you can get it, and http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-wyrd-worlds-ii-gang.html to find out about the people responsible for creating the anthology.
"Quest For The Purple Pumpkin" is the title of my contribution to the "Wyrd Worlds II" anthology. Two of the characters from the story have character interviews. So, if you want to get to know Polly, go to http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/sunday-surprise-72/ and read her interview from 28th September 2014. Or, if you want to learn more about Arael and her world, go to https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/character-interview-number-twenty-seven-arael-fantasyyachildrens-books/ to read her interview from 29th September 2014.
Alternatively, scroll down for details of various interviews and things I've been involved in, as well as details of other places you can find me online.
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I participated in an author interview with Dayla F.M. of "Confessions Of A Book Addict" on 2nd November 2012, which you can find at http://bookaddict24-7.tumblr.com/post/34862549410/bookaddict24-7-welcomes-tori-zigler if you want to read it.
I participated in an author interview with Stephanie V of "Steph's Book Retreat" on 29th November 2012, which you can read at http://stephsbookretreat.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/author-interview-victoria-tori-zigler/ if you want.
I was interviewed by Emma Jackson, and featured as author of the month, at http://www.esjackson.co.uk during January 2013, which you can check out at http://www.esjackson.co.uk/?page_id=339 if you like.
I was Chris The Story Reading Ape's featured author on 15th April 2013; you can see the post at http://thestoryreadingapeblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/victoria-zigler/ if you want.
My book "Witchlet" (the first book in the "Magical Chapters" trilogy) was spotlighted by Ann Marie of "Indie Author Anonymous" on 24th January 2013. You can check it out at http://indieauthoranonymous.com/2013/01/24/spotlight-book-witchlet-by-victoria-zigler/ if you like.
I was spotlighted by Chris The Story Reading Ape. You can check out the page he made to put me in the spotlight at http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/spotlight/victoria-tori-zigler-author/ if you like.
I participated in an interview with Alexandra Butcher on 8th July 2013 as part of a post on accessability for blind authors and readers. The post is at http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/e-readers-and-the-challenges-of-a-blind-author-and-reader/ if you want to read it.
I was interviewed by Steve K. Smy of "Imagineer Books" on 27th July 2013. You can find the interview at http://imagineerebooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/meeting-victoria-zigler-a-most-remarkable-lady if you want to read it.
I also have an interview on Smashwords, which you can view by going to https://www.smashwords.com/interview/toriz if you want.
I was interviewed by Rita Lee Chapman, and was also author of the week on http://www.ritaleechapman.com during the week beginning 24th March 2014, and again during the week beginning 26th April 2015. Unfortunately, since the interviews only stay up for a week, I can't link to them for you anymore.
I did a guest post on Indie Writers Review about how I became published and what advice I'd give others. You can check it out at http://indiewritersreview.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/indiewritersreview-special-spotlight-feature-author-victoria-ziglar-guest-post/ if you want to read it.
I was interviewed on Words On A Limb on 15th April 2014. You can find the interview by going to http://wordsonalimb.com/2014/04/15/woal-interviews-victoria-zigler/ if you want to read it.
On 20th April 2014, Doug S of Pegamoose Games asked me 20 questions. You can find out what those questions were, and how I answered them, by going to http://pegamoose-g.livejournal.com/50592.html if you like.
On 23rd April 2014, I did a guest post on Words On A Limb. It's all about being a blind author and reader, and you can read it by going to http://wordsonalimb.com/2014/04/23/writing-blind/ if you're interested in doing so.
I was interviewed by Barb of http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com on 18th May 2014. Go to http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/sunday-surprise-53/ if you want to read the interview.
I was interviewed on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indiereviews-behind-the-scenes on 7th June 2014. There is a direct link to listen again to the interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indiereviews-behind-the-scenes/2014/06/07/indiereview-behind-the-scenes-chats-with-author-victoria-zigler but I'm not sure how long it stays up for.
I was author of the month on a Goodreads group called "Smashwords Authors" in September 2014, and again in September 2016. Go to https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1981288-victoria-zigler---september to read the discussion from 2014, and https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18228324-september-2016---victoria-zigler---again to read the discussion from 2016.
I was interviewed by Alex Butcher of http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com on 3rd September 2014, and again on 10th September 2016. Go to http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/author-interview-sixty-five-victoria-zigler-fantasychildren to read the interview from 2014, and https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/returning-author-tori-zigler/ to read the one from 2016.
My book "Toby's Special School" was put in the spotlight by Laurel A Rockefeller of http://peersofbeinan.wordpress.com on 25th September. Go to http://peersofbeinan.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/promo-tobys-special-school/ to read the post.
I was interviewed by Zach Tyo of http://ztyoauthor.com on 27th October 2014. Go to http://ztyoauthor.com/2014/10/27/wyrd-worlds-ii-interview-series-victoria-zigler if you want to read the interview.
I did a guest post on what it's like living with Glaucoma, which was published on http://mooneyesrandomsmile.blogspot.ca on 17th November 2014. Go to http://mooneyesrandomsmile.blogspot.ca/2014/11/spotlight-monday-victoria-zigler-guest.html if you want to read it.
I was interviewed by Leyla Atke of http://leylaatke.com on 10th February 2015. You can read the interview at http://leylaatke.com/2015/02/10/come-and-meet-my-blind-reviewer-and-author-of-multiple-childrens-books-victoria-zigler-books/ if you want to.
I did a guest post on Indies Who Publish Everywhere about how I came to write my "Kero's World" books. The post went live on 24th April 2015, and it can be found at https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/guest-post-tori-zigler-on-writing-keros-world/
if you want to read it.
I did a few guest posts on http://newauthoronline.com - three of them, to be exact. The first was published on 28th April 2015 and was about how I came to write my book "Home Squeak Home" - you can find the post at http://newauthoronline.com/2015/04/28/writing-home-squeak-home-a-guest-post-by-author-victoria-zigler if you'd like to read it. The second went up on 13th May 2015, was about how I get my stories from idea to eBook, and can be found at http://newauthoronline.com/2015/05/13/from-idea-to-ebook-a-guest-post-by-victoria-tori-zigler if you'd like to read it. The third went live on 17th May 2015, and discussed writing tools; that post can be found at http://newauthoronline.com/2015/05/17/writing-tools-a-guest-post-by-victoria-tori-zigler if you'd like to read that one too.
I was interviewed by Madeline Reynolds on 10th April 2016. You can check out the interview by going to https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/10230799-writer-fest-interview-with-victoria-zigler if you want to read it.
I was interviewed by Rosie of http://www.ecurosiecom as part of her "Fierce Friday" segment. Go to http://www.ecurosie.com/fiercefriday-interview-author-blogger-victoria-zigler/ if you want to read the interview.
To celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, some of the authors who brought you "Wyrd Worlds" and "Wyrd Worlds II" wrote stories based around the battle in question, then got together to do a multi-author promotional event. As part of this event I was interviewed by fellow authors, Barbara G.Tarn and A. L. Butcher. The first went live on 14th October 2016 and the second went live on 16th October 2016. You can read the interviews at https://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/hastings-1066-fortnight-2/ and https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/battlefield-1066-spotlights-victoria-zigler/ (the second also contains a character interview). There's also an author Q and A thread at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18291520-october-2016-hastings-1066-authors where we were all answering questions about our stories, if you want to check that out.
I wrote a guest post about the challenges faced by visually impaired bloggers in a world where infographics and picture heavy posts are becoming increasingly popular. The post went live on 15th February 2017, and can be found at https://scvincent.com/2017/02/15/guest-author-victoria-zigler-infographics if you want to read it.
I participated in an author interview on http://architectsofworldsafar.com in February 2017. The interview went live on 20th February 2017, and can be found at https://architectsofworldsafar.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/author-interview-victoria-zigler/
I was interviewed by Teri Polen as part of her Indie Author Friday series on 8th September 2017. Go to https://teripolen.com/2017/09/08/indie-author-friday-victoria-zigler-indieauthor-poetry-childrensbooks-victoriazigler/ if you want to read my interview.
I participated in an interview as part of Don Massenzio’s “perfect 10” series. My interview went live on 27th November 2017 and can be found at https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/a-perfect-10-with-victoria-zigler/ if you want to read it.
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Do you want to find me elsewhere? Or perhaps you want to contact me? If so...
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Visit my Smashwords author page at http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz
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Find me on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
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Read my blog at http://ziglernews.blogspot.com
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My YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakYxH7BNyc2Lxr1g1nbP9w
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Connect with me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tori.zigler
Like my Facebook author page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
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E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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