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I turned to novel-writing after writing non-fiction for many years, primarily as a columnist. I wrote a syndicated column (political and social commentary) for King Features Syndicate for 10 years. My work has appeared in Newsweek, McCalls, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and many others. A Newsweek essay won an Indiana Presswomen's award for Social Commentary, then won at the national level. Three of my columns have appeared in textbooks.
I currently write a weekly column for the Logansport (IN) Pharos-Tribune. I also write three blogs - one on writing, one on NASCAR and one on politics.
During my work years, I was a bartender, a factory worker, a secretary, an insurance underwriter, a real estate salesperson and a plan administrator. I finally retired and am now living my dream as a full-time writer.
I live in rural Indiana with my blond Pekinese, Channie, and my two cats, Paisley and Slate.
Tony Van Til
on Aug. 30, 2012 :
Magic Creek by Vicki Williams is a beautifully written novel. It is the story of two women separated by nearly two hundred years, but joined by arduous circumstances that illustrates the unique spirit and strength of each lady. Magic, the daughter born into a wealthy family, refuses to accept the role expected, and sets out a westward journey, determined to make it on her own terms. After a period of extreme trials—one involving the coldest winter on record at that time while she is living in a cave—the girl is seen in a new light by the community she has settled in, and reaps the rewards of determination. Two hundred years later, a young woman named Tory thinks she has met the man of her dreams; a doctor resembling that resembles a living Ken doll. Slowly, she finds the marriage turn into a nightmare. When hubby decides to move Tory away from her family, and settles out west, he reveals the intention of his actions—to have total control over his bride. Despite living in a dream home, she is nothing more than a prisoner, trapped under the oppressive thumb of one of the most despicable characters ever imaged. Near their mansion, Tory finds the magical place where a girl harnessed the strength within herself to be the woman she wanted to be, and a mystic nexus forms. Magic Creek is a story about feminine strength under the oppression of unsavory men. Vicki Williams has the ability to create a surrounding that makes you feel present within the events without laborious descriptive narration. You will not be able to put this book down once you have started reading. Don’t believe the lie about there being no great writers publishing eBooks independently: Vicki Williams is every bit as good as Elizabeth Kostova.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)