Vicki grew up in a small town in mid-Missouri called Mexico. Having a hometown named after a country leads to many misunderstandings and much confusion when answering the simple question, ‘Where are you from?’
From the moment she learned to read, Vicki loved books and read constantly. Her aunts warned her that she would ruin her eyes, but Vicki was willing to take the risk. She is even today a voracious reader of everything – fiction and nonfiction.
One of her early career questions was, Is there a job where you read books all day? Vicki spent many years of her adult life trying to find that job and after trying various roles in the book business can give a definite NO! answer to that long ago question. There are jobs, however, that are all about books and she has enjoyed a number of those.
In second grade at Eugene Field School (named after the famous Missouri poet), Vicki realized writing stories was as much fun as reading them and embarked upon a new career path. There are jobs where a person can spend all day writing books – many all days in fact.
Vicki’s first book was published in 1987 and she has written steadily since then. She also enjoyed a career as a children’s book buyer for an independent bookstore and a regional book wholesaler as well as working as a sales rep for Scholastic. In 2006, Vicki and her husband, Jim, achieved their dream of owning their own bookstore. They sold the store in 2013 and both now write full-time.
Vicki has two grown children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves being a part of the Adiva Diamond Dancers, a performing tap dance troupe and taking swing dance lessons with her husband. She is trying to figure out a way to teach her dog, Luna, to dance, too.