Victoria Schwab, also known by her pen name V.E. Schwab, is a sci-fi/fantasy author who has become my own personal hero and inspirational model. Her work is something that truly amazes and inspires me with every piece of work she publishes, which now collectively amounts to over a dozen published works. Not only is Victoria the writer of my all-time favourite series, but as a full-time published author who has experienced a lot of challenges both in her own personal life and in her writing career, it’s her guidance to her readers about both the publishing industry and dilemmas with self-identity and mental health that are something that I love her for. She delivers the realities of being a full-time published author without sugar coating anything when aspiring writers ask her for advice.
Victoria is one of the most well-known authors amongst the Young Adult literature book community, despite how she writes across various age ranges. Her audience is something she always continues to show her gratitude for and gives back to her readers through not only her openness about everything going on in her life, but by also making sure that at any event she does, everyone in line gets a chance to meet her and have their books signed.
I had approached Victoria once after a panel to hand her a gift in case the signing line was cut short with it having also been her first UK event ever, and the secondly at her signing the same day. Although I fumbled my words and was shaking to the point I thought I was about to faint, Victoria was amazing and so easy to talk to, even hugging me when I gave her the gift. When it then came to the signing it then became even easier and was like catching up with a friend (even though the shaking was still there). The dilemmas and experiences she’s dealt with is something that has also come to inspire my own journey in creative writing, allowing me to figure out just what kind of obstacles lie ahead, both seen and unseen, something I would have come across a lot later, or maybe even at all, if I hadn’t heard them from Victoria first.