The Writing Life

…a literary journey

About Vicki

Vicki Roberts was born in South Dakota and grew up in Houston, Texas. She lived in the Dallas / Fort-Worth area for several years before moving to Florida, where she’s resided since 1991.

She began writing short stories in high school, but her professional career began as a journalist in college, and then later for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Some of those early interviews included such notables as former Texas governor Ann Richards; U.S. Rep. Dick Armey; Presidential Candidate Ron Paul and Mpho Tutu, daughter of South African social activist Desmond Tutu. She credits that time with teaching her how to develop and structure story ideas, establish theme and weave words she now writes for a whole new audience.

Getting her first library card is a favorite childhood memory, and she always left with a stack of six books – the maximum allowed. Roberts still insists that whenever she moves, visiting the library for a new card is top of her list. As a writer, she looks up to authors like Richard Yates, Elizabeth Strout and Anne Tyler for their ability to rummage through complicated and often unsettling family relationships and deliver works of art to their readers.

“There is no writer I respect more than Richard Yates. His prose is direct, not a sliver of pretentiousness. He was a master of elevating stories of everyday domestic life. My goal is to have a copy of every story he’s ever written.”

Her short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies, and her first novel, Oldsters, was published in 2017. Roberts is currently living on Florida’s east coast, writing her second novel, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers.

When she’s not writing, she hosts a self-admitted amateur photography blog here.

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You can reach Vicki at: iamvickiroberts@gmail.com