Two things have remained a constant in my life since early childhood—a love of the outdoors and writing. Since I learned to put pencil to paper, I began telling tales. Beginning with stories about horses in elementary school, I advanced to tales of terror during my teen years and then to romance, fantasy and paranormal as an adult. In addition, I’ve contributed nonfiction to newspapers over the years covering everything from lobbying for wild horses to remain free in the Southwest to a memoir of a trip to Saudi Arabia before finally going to work for a daily newspaper. I have also made occasional forays into writing poetry and songs.
A love of the outdoors was fostered in me as child. From camping in Acadia National Park in Maine to picnicking in Panama to house-boating on Lake Shasta in California, I spent a lot of time outside while growing up. Once grown, that love of the outdoors prompted me to hike the length of the Appalachian Trail with my husband, Frank, and then later share that same love with our daughter—from hiking in Israel to biking in the Netherlands.
I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia with degrees in German and Geology, and I later earned a Lay degree in Theology from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Following graduation from college, I worked as a writer for two daily newspapers in Georgia—the Warner Robins Daily Sun and The Rome News-Tribune. During that time, I garnered awards for my feature writing and personal columns from the Georgia Press Association and the Special Olympics. My husband and I also spent two months in Kathmandu, Nepal, documenting daily life and customs.
In 1988, we took six months to through-hike the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail, backpacking across the backbone of the eastern United States along the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Upon returning home, we wrote our first book, The Appalachian Trail Backpacker, which was published in 1991 by Menasha Ridge Press.
We went on to write a number of other books related to hiking, the outdoors, and travel together, and I wrote Hiking and Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques and my latest, Hiking Tennessee. I am currently in the process of revising our “Best of the Appalachian Trail” books.
The books we co-authored include The Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes, The Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes, Kids Outdoors, Touring the Backroads of North and South Georgia, Georgia Outdoors and The Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have also supplied writing and photography to a variety of regional, national and international magazines.
We have appeared on CNN and numerous local TV and talk radio shows, and were guests, along with our daughter, Griffin, on the Discovery Channel’s series, “Go For It.” For more than two years, we hosted a weekly online chat on long distance hiking for Backpacker magazine on America Online.
I have served as the editor of the Old Dominion Sierran, The Brunswick News lifestyle section and Georgia’s Coastal Illustrated. I was also a contributing editor for Outdoor Traveler, Mid-Atlantic Region.
I continue to work as an author and writer. In addition to non-fiction, I have been working on fiction–both short stories and novels. My first novel, Redemption, was published in 2011 by Low Country Press. And I have also written a fantasy trilogy, The Hallowed Treasures Saga. All three books in the series are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere.
I am a Tertiary in the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis, a certified labyrinth facilitator and I am involved in promoting spirituality through leading retreats and through dreamwork.
I am also an avid traveler who enjoys exploring both here in the United States and abroad. Trips have included hiking from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee, biking from Amsterdam to Texel, and most recently trips to the Western Fjords in Iceland, two weeks spent along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, and hiking the nearly 70-miles Saint Cuthbert’s Way in England and Scotland.
Victoria can be reached at Victoria@victorialogue.com