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Victoria J.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

"I am a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend. I am a published poet, winner of several awards and a retired school teacher who left my job to live and breathe my passion of writing. I have been married for 33 years, we have two sons, ages 36 and 28, and eight grandchildren."

What is your favorite OWN show?
My favorite OWN show comes on Sundays, Super Soul Sundays, that is. I have learned so much about myself from watching each Sunday. I am ever changing, evolving into a new being and believing in myself, that I can do this. I am free to be me. I will write, until my fingers fall off.

What are your three favorite things?
My three favorite things are (1)Writing; (2)Taking long car rides with my husband and dog; and (3) Spending time with my grandchildren.

What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be making sure all children have a loving home and plenty to eat.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do when I wake up is meditate/pray.

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
The last thing I do before bed is text my children to make sure they are alright and to tell them I love them.

What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
The one item I can't live without is my computer. I have to be able to reach it at all times, for I never know when something will come to me and I can't find a pen but will have my computer. It's like a piece of clothing for me.

What do you like that most people dislike?
Reading in a corner somewhere. I'm always in a book and get teased a lot about it. And, talking about writing day in, day out, that's what I live and breathe. I would rather read and write than eat.

What are you proudest of?
I am most proud of my first book, Journey Through Darkness, Poems on the Road of Life, which I self-published.

Who is your hero?
My hero is my husband Clyde. We married when I was 18. He is my biggest supporter and my best friend.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people downplay my dreams, and tell me I'm not good enough.

What would you like to learn to do?
I would love to learn how to play the piano.

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
Dancing.
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