How did you become involved with this project?
I saw a post about it on Facebook, and thought it was an excellent idea, and a great way to potentially help those suffering in the Ukraine. I wanted to help, but I can’t – and would prefer not to – fight, and I’m not in a position to take in refugees, but I can write. It’s not much, but at least it was something I could do to try and help.
Tell us a little about your work in this book?
I wasn’t sure at first what I would write for this anthology. I mean, I write for children for the most part. But I got to thinking about how the young children must be feeling in all of this. So I wrote a poem about it.
Please tell us about your other publications/work.
I’m a poet and children’s author. To date I’ve published 11 poetry collections and 48 children’s stories. I’ve also now contributed to three anthologies, counting this one.
My stories are mostly animal stories, fairy tales, and fantasy stories, but I have dabbled in a couple of other genres too, including writing a series of five books about a little boy named Toby’s adjustments to sight loss, which are based on my own experiences with adjusting after losing the last of my own sight.
Do you think the written word (or art) bring power and freedom?
Absolutely! Words have power. There’s no doubt about that. And the right words at the right moment can make a huge difference in producing a positive outcome in any situation. Unfortunately, the wrong words at the wrong moment can just as easily shift things in the other direction.
If you could have dinner with any literary character or author who would you choose, and what would you eat.
There are too many to pick from for either catagory, so I can’t decide. And what I’d eat would depend where we went and what vegan-friendly options they had on the menu that I liked the sound of.
How influential is storytelling/poetry to our culture?
Words in any form are very influential. Stories and poems have shaped mankind’s history, and will shape our future too.
If you could be any fantasy/mythical or legendary person/creature what would you be and why?
Either a gryphon, because I love lions and like the idea of being able to fly, or a mermaid, because then I could live under the sea. Which I like the sound of most differs depending on my mood.
Which authors/books have influenced you the most?
Everything I’ve ever read has influenced me in sme shape or form, whether I’m aware of it or not. As for those I know definitely have – well, there are too many to name, so I’ll just stick with my original answer of all of the ones I’ve read.
What’s your next writing adventure?
Whichever of the many works in progress I have I end up finishing first. Beyond that, I can’t really tell you at this point. Even if progress is slow, I’m always working on something, so there’s bound to be something in the not-too-distant future. Half the time even I’m not sure, so you’ll have to just watch my blog and social media to find out what I end up publishing next.
What is your greatest success?
Well, counting the anthologies I’ve contributed to I’ve got more than 60 titles to my name (I believe it currently stands at 62). I’d say that counts as a pretty great success.
What’s your favourite quote, who said it and why?
“In a universe so full of wonders, how is it that humans have created boredom?”
It’s a quote from Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather” which was said by the character of Death. And I love the quote because it’s an excellent reminder of all the wonderful things there are to enjoy and appreciate in the world.
Tell us a silly fact about yourself.
Even though my favourite colour has always been purple, and my favourite scent is lavender, my favourite flower isn’t a purple one. My favourite flower is a yellow rose.
What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?
I’m not entirely sure I did completely grow up yet. And maybe I won’t even bother, since it seems pretty dull. But when I was little I wanted to be a vet with a large family who wrote and published books in her spare time. Where exactly I was supposed to get all this spare time with being a vet and having a large family I’m not entirely certain, but there you go. The chance for the vet and large family to happen has passed, and they’re no longer options. But I got to be an author anyhow, and one out of three isn’t bad.
Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author. Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales. Now she lives in Wales again, along with a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.
Despite spending far too much time in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon. She has a long list of publications to her name, including several poetry collections, a whole load of children’s stories, a story in the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, three poems in the Poetry Treasures anthology, and a poem in the Stand Together charity anthology. Plus, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults.
Vegan due to both a love for animals and dairy allergy, as well as an Eclectic Pagan, Tori describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, which she dabbles in at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time, and is most likely to be found playing with her petkids, involved in calls with the ACB, curled up somewhere with a cup of tea and a book, working on some kind of craft project, or trying to keep one step ahead of those pesky typo fairies while writing her own books.
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