Blog Tour: “A Cold Cold Heart” by John Nicholl

Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to a new work by John Nicholl, no stranger to this blog and one of the confirmed authors at the upcoming Llandeilo Lit Fest April 28th.

A Cold Cold Heart
DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.
Meanwhile Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.
But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.
How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives in tact?
Sometimes evil wears a suit…
Author bio: 
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.  A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018. John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA. 
Author website

Welsh Wednesdays: 2nd Llandeilo Lit Fest: More confirmed acts and events for April 2018

More conformed acts and events at the Llandeilo Lit Fest in April – save the date 26th – 29th of April

Tim Hartley: “Merci Cymru” – Saturday 28th of April 18:30 Angel Inn

Bydd yr awdur a sylwebydd Alun Wyn Bevan yn sgwrsio gyda Tim Hartley am olygu “Merci Cymru,” sut i sicrhau bod llyfr chwaraeon yn ddiddorol i ddarllenwyr nad ydynt yn dilyn pêl-droed a’i atgofion o haf Ffrengig bythgofiadwy. Sesiwn yn Gymraeg

“Merci Cymru” is a collection of memoirs and photographs to celebrate and commemorate the success of the Welsh football team in Euro 2016. It includes contributions from fans, commentators and pundits.

Session in Welsh

Klezmer Bagel Brunch at the Ginhaus with FiddleBox Sunday 29th 11:00

Whilst the Ginhaus team put on a special brunch dish of Bagels with Smoked salmon and cream cheese Fiddlebox will serenade you with beautiful music from the Klezmer Eastern European tradition.

Bydd y Ginhaus yn darparu bagel frecinio gyda samwn a chaws tra bydd Fiddlebox yn eich  diddanu gyda cherddoriaeth o draddodiad Dwyrain Ewropeaidd Klezmer.

Tudor Wales

Nathen Amin, author of ‘Tudor Wales: a Guide’ and ‘The House of Beaufort’ and Mari Griffith, author of ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ discuss Tudor times in Wales.

Moderator:  Graham Watkins

Tudor Wales

Cyhoeddwyd llyfr cyntaf Nathen Amin sef ‘Tudor Wales’ yn 2014 a chafodd dderbyniad da. Dilynodd ail lyfr ‘York Pubs’ yn 2016 a chyhoeddwyd ei drydydd  lyfr, bywgraffiad o deulu Beaufort, ‘The House of Beaufort’, yn 2017 ac roedd ei lyfr ‘Wars of the Roses’ yn  llyfr mwyaf llwyddiannus Amazon #1. Mae ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio ar ei pedwerydd llyfr, ‘Pretenders to the Tudor Crown’; caiff hwn ei gyhoeddi yn 2019.

Trodd Mari Griffith at ysgrifennu ffuglen hanesyddol ar ôl ymddeol o’i gwaith fel cynhyrchydd a chyflwynydd amryw raglenni BBC Cymru. Roedd ei llyfr cyntaf, ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ yn llyfr mwyaf llwyddiannus Amazon a dilynodd hwnnw gyda ‘The Witch of Eye,’ stori’r achos brad mwyaf cyffrous o’r 15fed ganrif. Mae Mari ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio ar ei thrydydd llyfr.


Llandovery Writers Event: Life: Can You Cut It?  Writing To Make Readers Care

Sunday 29th April, 16:00 Angel Inn                                                          

Jacquie Hyde, Sara Fox, Pete Barker, Stella Starnes and others will be reading from their collection ‘Life’ with tutor David Thorpe 

Ysgrifennu i ddal sylw darllenwyr

Bydd Jacqui Hyde, Sara Fox, Pete Barker, Stella Starnes ac eraill yn darllen o’u casgliad, “Life” ac yn sgwrsio gyda’u hathro David Thorpe


More details of the #LlandeiloLitFest programme for April. 

Here are some more details of the Llandeilo Lit Fest programme for April. 

The programme is still work in progress. We hope to have some great surprises in store for you.
Ticketing will begin in March but you can register your interest for specific events by sending us an email to

An evening with Eddie Butler: The former Welsh Rugby Union player, journalist, sports commentator and successful author with Gomer Press will talk Rugby and writing and will present his latest book “The Asparagus Thieves” – Friday April 27th – 20:00 at the Cottage Inn

Noson gydag Eddie Butler:  Bydd y cyn chwaraewr rygbi dros Gymru, newyddiadurwr, sylwebydd ar chwaraeon ac awdur llwyddiannus gyda Gwasg Gomer yn siarad am rygbi ac ysgrifennu a chyflwyno’i lyfr diweddaraf “The Asaparagus Thieves” – Gwener 27ain Ebrill – 20:00yh yn Nhafarn y Cottage


Psychopaths in Literature – Saturday 28th 11:30 Angel Inn

South Wales crime fiction writers GB Williams, John Thompson and John Nicholl in a panel discussion about their most evil characters.

Seicopathiaid mewn Llenyddiaeth, Ffrainc, Sbaen

Bydd awduron nofelau ditectif o Dde Cymru, GB Williams, John Thompson a John Nicholl yn trafod eu cymeriadau mwyaf aflan.

Carol Lovekin: Genre, Ghosts & the Gothic – Saturday 28th April 11:30 Mark Waghorn Designs “Reading Room”

The author of the award winning “Ghostbird” presents her new book“Snow Sisters” and talks about genre, ghosts and the gothic.

Bydd awdur y nofel “Ghostbird” a enillodd glod mawr yn cyflwyno’i llyfr newydd “Snow Sisters” ac yn trafod dulliau, ysbrydion a’r gothig.


Medieval Music. Saturday April 28th – 14:00 Horeb Chapel

You are invited to step back in time to the court of Lord Rhys in 12th century Wales, with readings from authors Luke Waterson and Jean Gill, accompanied by medieval music from Elsa Davies, Ceri Owen Jones and Jason Lawday..

Cerddoriaeth Ganoloesol. Fe’ch gwahoddir i gamu nôl mewn amser i lys yr Arglwydd Rhys yng Nghymru’r 12fed ganrif gyda darlleniadau gan yr awduron Luke Waterson a Jean Gill gyda cherddoriaeth ganoloesol gan Elsa Davies, Ceri Owen Jones ac Jason Lawday.

The Iron Masters of Merthyr- Fact and Fiction. – Saturday April 28th 15:00 Angel Inn

In the 18th Century five men created the biggest industrial city civilisation had ever seen. They were the Iron Masters, masters of metal and men. Author Graham Watkins surprises and entertains with the real stories behind his Welsh historical novel ‘The Iron Masters’.

Mae’r awdur Graham Watkins yn diddori ac yn synnu gyda’r straeon gwir sydd tu ôl i’w nofel hanesyddol ‘The Iron Masters’.


Mystery Monday: 5 star review for #medical #thriller The Healer – “makes you think on multiple levels”

This is an old blog post but it’s Mystery Mondays and I’m drowning in administrative work. The Healer is still the book I’m most proud of writing. And there is a sequel for it, too


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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Read This Book, June 18, 2016
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I love it when a book makes you think on multiple levels. Christoph Fischer’s The Healer is such a book. First off, it’s a good story of a woman, Erica Whittaker, who’s desperate to stay alive by trying any remedy possible, even if it goes against everything she logically believes in. But the book is so much deeper than this. It weaves together the old and new, the traditional and the modern, the scientific and the folk, the individual and the corporation. I also like a book such as The Healer where the characters are full and multidimensional, where there are lots of grays and where people grow and develop during the course of the book. I especially like a book where the ending, while it provides a satisfactory resolution, still poses as many questions as it answers. I highly recommend this book.

THE HEALER is now available as audiobook on itunes and Amazon !

PanGea Sounds did an excellent job – if I may so as listener to the finished product. I was so inspired by the production that I shuffled my workload and spent the last week going over the draft for the sequel.

(If you would like to be a beta-reader for that, please let me know 😉

You can listen to a sample here 


You can read an excerpt here

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When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan.

She locates the man whose touch could heal her in a remote place in Wales, but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for animages (24)answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons.

Casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.

Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

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As one reviewer said: Christoph Fischer has penned an original and thought provoking tale, expertly building an eloquent portrayal of human neurosis triggered by primal traits and pinpointing the depths that we will sink to, to achieve our goals. The plot weaves this way and that around the central character on the run up to a perfect little twist.

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When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her.  Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.  Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?


Historical Saturday Re-blog: Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare

This upcoming release includes work from some of my favourite historical authors and I’m looking forward to the release.

Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare

Available March 2018! 

Original post:

12+17 Sexuality in History Brits Stripped Bare

Sexuality and Its Impact on History:

The British Stripped Bare

Learn of the scandals and romance that shaped Great Britain. This provocative collection of essays depicts the cultural and societal kinks of the British, from the Anglo-Saxons, Medieval, Tudor, Regency, and Victorian eras.

Discover the ménage that changed the course of the Anglo-Saxon throne, go undercover to explore Courtly Love, learn about the business of Tudor and Regency marriages. Read of a possible dalliance involving Queen Anne Boleyn, and the controversial marriages of Mary, Queen of Scots. Peek into the bedrooms of Victorian prostitutes.

Each story provides shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore when eight authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. From bizarre trivia about courtly love, to techniques and prostitution, you’ll encounter memorable nuggets of provocative info that you’ll want to share with friends and co-workers.

It’s all here: Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, ménage a trois, chastity belts, Tudor fallacies, royal love and infidelity, marriage contracts (which were more like business arrangements), and brothels, kept women, and whorehouses. Take a peek at what really happened between the sheets. Each story provides you with shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare chronicles the pleasures and perils of the flesh, sharing secrets from the days of the Anglo-Saxons, medieval courtly love traditions, diabolical Tudor escapades—including those of Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots—the Regency, and down to the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible study brings to light the myriad varieties of British sexual mores. Published by Pen & Sword Books, U.K.

Chapter 1

Godiva: Lady, Legend, Legacy

Emma Haddon-Wright

Chapter 2

Rioting in the Harlot’s Embrace: Matrimony & Sanctimony in Anglo-Saxon England

Annie Whitehead

Chapter 3

The Art of Courtly Love: The Ideal and Practice of Love in the Middle Ages

Jessica Cale

Chapter 4

The Tudor Marriage Game

MaryAnne Coleman

Chapter 5 

These Bloody Days: The Relationship between Anne Boleyn & Thomas Wyatt

Judith Arnopp

Chapter 6 

The Marriages of Mary Queen of Scots

Gayle Hulme

Chapter 7

Succession, Confusion and Ramifications: Who Should Wear the Crown?

Dr. Beth Lynne

Chapter 8

Lips of Flame & Heart of Stone

The Impact of Prostitution in Victorian Britain and its Global Influence

Hunter S. Jones


Pen & Sword Books


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Welsh Wednesdays: More confirmed names for the Llandeilo Lit Fest April 2018

It’s still early days but here are some more names confirmed for our event 27 – 29th April 2018:
Myfanwy Alexander,
Aneirin Karadog, Gwion Hallam, Judith Barrow
Helen Lewis and Sara Gethin
Jon Gower, Nicholas McGaughey
Tim Hartley and Alun Wyn Bevan
Nathen Amin and Mari Griffith
Simon Brookes and Adam Price
Ifor ap Glyn, The Rock Hoppers
Spoken Word from Llanelli
Fflur Dafydd and Sion Tomos Owen
Nina Vangerow
Luke Waterstone and Jean Gill,
Gary Raymond, Jeff Towns, Eddie Butler, Peter Lord
Terry Breverton, Colin R. Parssons, John Nichols, John Thompson, Barbara Scott, Cheryl Reese-Price, Gail Williams, Nigel Williams,

Mystery Mondays Review: “The Girl Behind The Veil (The Invisible Veil Series Book 1)” by Jalpa Williby

“The girl behind the veil” is an excellent romantic suspense thriller that touches on serious issues.Girl Behind The Veil (The Invisible Veil Series Book 1) by [Williby, Jalpa]
The first part is pure tense thriller when our hero is sent in to free a rich man’s daughter from human traffickers in Pakistan. The chemistry between them starts to spread into the action part of the novel and now the socio-cultural differences between the two become more central to the plot.
Williby has created two great characters, each of whom narrate their side of the story, allowing us deeper insights into their thoughts and feelings.
Written with a gripping pace this also delivers two fleshed out characters whose chemistry is believable and whose issues we are allowed to understand deeper.


Never the one to back away from a challenge, Jalpa Williby pushed herself to excel. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments.
Jalpa WillibyThroughout her life, Williby’s love for books has never faded. She creates an unforgettable world with unique characters in her stories. Williby uses her writing to not only provide an “escape” for her readers, but hopefully, inspire them as well. Soon after publishing her first set of books, she has quickly become a bestselling and multi-award winning author with two gold medals and one bronze medal from Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her more recent book, My Perfect Imperfections, has received rave reviews, including from Kirkus Reviews. Williby can be found either writing, reading, enjoying nature, or simply being silly with her family.

Historical Saturday: A post from the archives about “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”

This is a post from this blog from April 2013 about the warm reception my first novel received

The Luck of the Weissensteiners

A historical novel and a tale of human survival in a dark chapter of European History: 27 ratings on Goodreads, 22 x 5 stars and 4.63 on average and in the Top 3 in several Listopia charts

Review excerpts:

The tale is set in 1930’s Europe, and shows us the lives, loves, fear, passions, and prejudices that effected and informed the lives of peoples who were impacted so greatly by Nazi Germany. Jew and Catholic alike, even Lutheran, no one was immune to the social implications of policies gaining traction at that time.
The themes the author chose to addressed, from classism and anti-Semitism to religious bias, mental illness, and sexual orientation, were all well presented in plot, and nothing felt forced or even slightly out of place. I was, and still am amazed at the quality of craftsmanship shown in the storytelling.
I expected a work of fiction. This was a work of art. This was not reading a book. This was experiencing literature… It makes excellent and proper use of language… sit back and let the story educate and enlighten your mind as well as entertain…as it were a classic work, only discovered and released in the modern age.
Dennis Sharpe rated it 5 of 5 stars
…Ethnic disrespect, hate, and violence have gone on for centuries in central and eastern Europe. Until reading this book, though, I did not understand how finely differentiated these forces were. Indirectly, the book also helped me to better understand how the dark side of nationality has wiped out countless human beings during various periods ….
The author depicts how nearly impossible it is for the characters of this saga to avoid the propaganda machines around them, the pressures to conform, often in a chameleon fashion due to sudden changes in governance, and most unfortunately, the programming in ethnic bias from the time they were children.
Despite the serious subjects, there is much warmth in this story. Some of the characters do find ways to stay true to the best in their natures or even redeem themselves, just as real individuals did then, and have always done on the plains of human existence.
… well drawn characters … diversity of personalities and the theme of journeys. From ethnic origin to talents and occupations, physical descriptions to sexual preferences, and economic status to political leanings, we see a cross section of humanity…we can appreciate the full range of real outcomes and experiences, happy to sad or shocking, that occurred to real individuals during this era. By the way, the title of the book was an outstanding choice.
… Christoph Fischer deftly weaves his tapestry of history and fiction, with a grace … For me, the author’s choice of narrative style brought economy to the complex story being told, as well as a kind of mesmerizing rhythm.
Bernice Rocque’s review Mar 01, 13
M.C.V. Egan rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is a story where the reader gets to know the characters and walk with them through the horrors of WWII. … balanced in showing that everyone suffered in a war, that in some cases it brought out the best and the worst in humanity. So it does not limit the story to The Holocaust, but rather brilliantly paints a picture of many aspects and in particular Czechoslovakia.
With brilliant stolen moments of joy and human kindness, agonizing moments of human suffering and enough survivors to insure that the tale felt very plausible and believable.
Mr. Fischer entertains and informs in a manner that makes the past painful and easy to remember. I recommend this as a historically accurate, emotionally poignant a moving MOST worthwhile read.
Christoph Fischer is already blossoming into a great writer in this stunning novel about the Holocaust. Complex, multi-layered and painstakingly researched, The Luck of the Weissensteiners promises to be a trilogy on a grand scale. And this is no ordinary Holocaust tragedy: it is a much more subtle and far-ranging canvas than that. For Fischer is not dealing with the obvious victims of those troubled times, rather with families and individuals who were more on the periphery and therefore affected in unforeseeable ways. He makes the characters and the frightening and bewildering situations they face come vividly alive. You will find it hard to put down as you follow your favourite characters through one testing situation after another. I thoroughly recommend you read it.
By Constant Reader –
Prepare yourself to embark on a journey filled with love, hope, hate, betrayal, intolerance, survival and abuse. Raw reality, an inside of how life was in WW2.
Like it always is in real life there is death, sorrow and loss so keep your tissues close. This is a true work of art, and I cannot congratulate Mr. Fischer more on creating this amazing work. Really looking forward on reading the rest of the series.
Jan 16, 2013Maja Majdak rated it 5 of 5 stars

Best sales figure: 2nd in Jewish Literature on

Amazon UK review page

currently 19 reviews
15 x 5 stars
4 x 4 stars


Goodreads review page

currently 27 ratings, 22 x 5 stars, 4.63 average

**** (US)

currently 16 reviews:
14 x 5 stars,
2 x 4 stars



Listopia Listings:

3rd in Jews in Literature (316 books, 128 voters)
2nd in Best Holocaust Literature (23 books, 41 voters)
1st in History through Novels: 1900s/2000s Eastern Europe (45 books, 36 voters)
1st in Fiction based on the Author’s Ancestors (46 books — 48 voters)

Wow, this book comes with serious credentials. It’s just shrieking out to be bought and read and it’s a privilege to feature it as a Gust Blog on our pages.

Literary fiction is in crisis. A new chapter of funding authors must begin…

A fascinating and scary article for writers and readers alike:
Literary fiction in crisis as sales drop dramatically, Arts Council England reports
New figures show that fewer UK writers earn enough to live on, as ACE blames falling sales of literary fiction on the recession and the rise of smartphones

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By Claire Armitstead  on The Guardian

Finally it’s official: literary fiction is in crisis, and writers across the land are burning the midnight oil in their garrets, teaching or slogging away in unrelated jobs to keep the fire ablaze in the grate. This Dickensian picture was revealed by Arts Council England today in a report that suggests it may have to shift its funding priorities in order to save a population whose economic and cultural solvency has been chipped away over the years.

So why has it come to this, and how much does it really matter? The first thing to be clear about is that people are not necessarily reading less – print sales of books across fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles rose almost 9% in the UK last year, while on Tuesday market analysts Nielsen BookScan will reveal that sales over the all-important Christmas period have risen 20%…

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BREATH by Victoria Dougherty

Today I’m sharing a post about my close friend and talented writer Victoria Dougherty’s Kickstarter campaign: BREATH by Victoria Dougherty

Are you looking for a story that’ll make you feel the lush beauty and thrill of true love, while taking you on a pulse-pounding journey through history?

BREATH is what you’ve been waiting to read. And to experience. Because you can be a part of bringing this story into existence.

Imagine if you’d been there when Suzanne Collins was writing The Hunger Games or Stephanie Meyer was writing Twilight. When George RR Martin was penning Game of Thrones. You might have lived the story through advance copies and maybe a conversation or two. When you join me on BREATH, you can receive advance copies, artwork, photographs, and short, BREATH-inspired love stories that only a handful of readers will ever lay eyes on. You will receive regular updates from me about how BREATH is coming to life.

Nif and Sherin are Ninti. They share a deep and powerful devotion that puts them both in mortal danger, while propelling them towards an extraordinary fate that ensures they will live infinite human lives…and suffer an equal number of deaths. Together they must solve a mystery that spans the ages, or risk losing one another forever.

BREATH is a story of lovers, killers, curses and destinies. It’s about the people who lived history, but it’s also a tale of those who unearthed history in order to preserve and understand its legacy.

You get to travel with Nif and Sherin during their adventures, but you’ll also be present alongside the past and future archeologists who are driven to solve the puzzle of their existence.

To make BREATH an amazing, immersive, world-building experience, the novel will need original art work, award-winning editorial direction and design, plus vintage photography from some of the greatest archeological expeditions the world has ever known.

And you can help make that happen, and get some fantastic rewards, too. Not only swag like printed copies of the book before it’s available to the general public, but BREATH posters, a limited edition book of BREATH artwork and photography, and even personal story consulting worth hundreds of dollars.

Just click on the link to my Kickstarter campaign, watch a video or two, and read about the incredible potential to make BREATH unlike any other epic historical romance you’ve ever read or even imagined.

If BREATH moves you, contribute to my campaign.

Readers want and deserve a story experience that is as visually stunning as it is soul-stirring. A poetry of words and pictures that doesn’t merely introduce them to a story, but draws them into a whole world of passion, adventure and intrigue with characters who come to feel like family.

With your support, BREATH will become a story you can’t do without. One of the three things you’ll grab and save if you ever have to run out of your burning house in nothing but your underwear.

Victoria Dougherty bio:


A writer and consultant with Dougherty Dialectic since 2001, she has ghost-written articles, speeches and testimony for Fortune 500 executives, and taught multiple seminars on writing. Her journalism and essays have been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Prague Post, and the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Victoria has also written, translated, and produced television news segments and video scripts.

Earlier in her career, while living in Prague, she co-founded Black Box Theater, translating, producing, and acting in to sold-out audiences in several Czech plays – from Vaclav Havel’s “Protest” to the unintentionally hilarious communist propaganda play “Karhan’s Men.” Black Box Theater was profiled in feature articles in USA Today and numerous European publications.


Her blog – COLD* ( – features her short essays on faith, family, love, and writing. WordPress, the blogging platform that hosts over 70 million blogs worldwide, has singled out COLD as one of their top Recommended Blogs by writers or about writing.