Victoria Stoklasa earned a Master of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy from American Public University in 2012. Her thesis, “Improving Missouri’s Petition Initiative Process”, was abridged and published as the guest column “Missouri’s Flawed Initiative Process” in the Independence Examiner. Victoria’s political work includes serving as a board member for the City of Independence Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board. She worked with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s successful re-election campaign in 2012 as staging location director for the Jackson County Democrats office. In 2010, she and several other Missourians circulated the petition for Constitutional Amendment to Article X, Relating to State, County, and Municipal Taxes; the petition passed by popular vote. Victoria lives with her loving mate, Thaddeus Stoklasa. To learn more about Victoria, visit www.victoriastoklasa.com.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rolla, Missouri--a somewhat small town with a population of 18,000 when I graduated high school. The biggest influence of growing up in Rolla was being enrolled in the public school system. When I was in sixth grade, we learned all about the 1996 Presidential election--the candidates, the issues, how voting works. I was enthralled by the entire process, and that was what sparked my interest in politics and government.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote all through high school and college, much of which was feeble attempts and writing fiction. Eventually, I discovered that my strength lied in nonfiction writing. I was able to hone this strength while working on my Master of Arts in Political Science. It was during this time that I wrote my essays "To Divide and Not Conquer: Preventing Partisan Gerrymandering with Independent Nonpartisan Commissions" and "Transgender Marriage Rights in Texas."
Make politics a missions of peace. By following the tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path, citizens and politicians alike can change their thinking and their actions to follow a middle path. Critics are saying, "I urge you to read this book...you will benefit from it."
From the author of SIGN IT INTO LAW and TO DIVIDE AND NOT CONQUER comes a previously unpublished essay considering the politics behind one of the most threatened civil rights in Texas. How long will the right for transgender people to marry last? Victoria Stoklasa presents three reasons why it might not last for very long.
This essay proposes that the responsibility of appropriating United States legislative districts, rather than being the responsibility of state legislatures or courts, would be best placed in the hands of independent nonpartisan commissions.
A Burning Problem
on March 16, 2013
This insightful satire frames the current public school system in America as if it were a local fire department. Not only does it help to inform the reader on issues such as No Child Left Behind, it also shines a much-needed light on why the system doesn't work. Although the language could be smoother at times, the smart metaphor will have you snickering.
The Directionless Son of Brain
on April 20, 2013
This allegory of the path of growing up is easy to relate to and makes you want to find out what happens next. Although much of the symbolism seems to beat you over the head (characters and places are named things like Greed, Compassion, and so on), I applaud this book for not championing the extreme paths and encouraging the reader to seek a life of moderation and love for others.