My name is Victoria Leader. I’m 26 years old and Philadelphia born and raised. I’m a novice writer with a ton of stories to tell. I’m so easily inspired and influenced that I’m almost always thinking of how to turn a situation into a decent short story. I love a book that gets under my skin and illicits true emotion; a story where the author has set the scene so close or even far from home that I couldn’t dream of it. That’s what touches me. That’s what inspires me about writing. My ultimate goal besides being a full time Medical Assistant and going to school for RN, is to create, and teach people to put the stories on paper that they believe can only exist in their mind.
I truly believe that every person has a story-if not a few- to tell…it all depends on how they wish to take the readers on that journey!
Ruby James is only the first of many characters!
When writing became my passion…
The first short story I ever wrote, was actually a poem. I was in the second grade and I had to write three descriptive lines about anything that came to my mind. Instead of writing about the taste of mac n cheese I wrote about the sound of the rain on the tin roof. I distinctly remember, because before that day no one had ever asked me to tell a story. And from that day on I knew that was what I wanted to do.
Instead of best eyes, or prettiest smile, I was voted best story teller in Hallahan Girls High School. Mrs. K would make us write a composition every week, most weeks it had a theme, which taught me genre and technique. I started writing Ruby Darkness in her class, although the Ruby then was far from the Ruby you know today.
I’m one of those people that can honetly say I’ve tried everything, but no matter how far I run, I can’t seem to escape this need to create stories. Maybe, it’s time to stop running.