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My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.
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 and Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.
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.
on May 24, 2014 :
The Magic Storm is the third book in Victoria Zigler’s Magic Trilogy.
Paige (the witchlet and central to the trilogy) is older and more powerful and her friend Daisy, the vegetarian dragon, can certainly spew fire for a friend in need.
As magical and captivating as the first two books, ‘The Magic Storm’ packs in a lot of action, emotion, and …MAGIC!
The issue of 'accepting differences' was raised in the earlier two books. It continues in this one with Paige thinking, "Weren't parents supposed to love their children no matter what?"
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Dec. 23, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Victoria Zigler has done it once again! I want so much for this trilogy to become a classic children's story and I fully believe in my heart that it will.
A Magical Storm is the final book in the Magical Chapters trilogy. Paige finally gets some of the answers she's been searching for since she was 3. I don't want to write too much about the plot because I don't want to give anything away!
Read it. You will love it and so will your children!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Chris The Story Reading Ape
on Nov. 27, 2013 :
There are TWO battles in this third book of the series. One is inside Paige, but who is the other one with? Who is the uninvited stranger who won't even look at Paige?
I'm not going to tell you, read this gripping tale yourself and get all the answers.
This author has GOT to write more about Paige and her friends and adventures!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on April 07, 2013 :
Oh my goodness that was a trully delightful story, well done Tori, and I loved the Picture on the cover too, xx xx
(reviewed the day of purchase)