Name - Victoria Schwab
Debut - The Near Witch
Genre - Fairytale
Website - HERE
Blog - HERE
Twitter - HERE
I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say "tom-ah-toes", "like", and "y'all".
I love fairy tales, and folklore, and books that make me wonder if the world is really as it seems. I love writing about doors, and places between, and the cracks where reality slips into something darker, stranger, and invariably more interesting.
I grew up on the west coast, but went to high school in the south, an all girls' prep school complete with plaid skirts I used to doodle on during math. I went to Washington University in St. Louis, where I changed course SIX times (and would have done it a seventh time, but my family and advisors said you couldn't switch majors in your last semester).
Job-wise, I have been a clerk in a department store, where I met a very nice Erotica writer while re-hanging bras. I have been an assistant caterer and a personal chef. Because of this, I bake some mean chocolate chip cookies, can plate hors d'oeuvres, and know how to make twirling napkin towers. I was a dog daycare attendant for a few summers, and have the scars to prove it. In college, I worked in a bookstore, where I never made ANY money because I spent every check feeding my book-buying habit.
And now, I am an author. That's still really fun to say, and I feel like I need to fact-check myself just to make sure it's true.
Dream Debutante Dress-
Notes from a YA Debutante
I am inspired by art in every form, by movies and paintings and poetry and fiction, and by the mundane world, and the moments when the line between them goes a bit blurry. But here are a few of my favorite sources of inspiration.
Neil Gaiman, whose oddness is wonderful and whose worlds are always a little tipped.
Andy Goldsworthy, an incredible environmentalist artist.
Laini Taylor, who does such lovely things with words.
Duy Huynh, a magical realist painter who never fails to open my imagination.
Film trailers. love the taste, the tease. I more often envision my work as a trailer than as a film, picking out key moment to string together in quick, curiosity-inducing fashion.
Narwhals, because they are proof that this world still has a little magic in it
Okay, not going to lie, that's one of the prettiest debutante dresses I have seen! I love the fairytale element :) I'm a sucker for fairytales myself.... :P I'm obsessed with film trailers as well! I spent so much time on Youtube it's not funny! Neil Gaiman is absolutely brilliant as well! Lovelies, don't you love Victoria already? If you do stay turned for tomorrow when the second half of her feature is posted!!!
Badass Bookie xx