Victoria Richardson Heland grew up on the Delmarva Peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and has an abiding interest in the area. Her father was an earthy guy with deep roots in the sandy soil. He was a lawyer by trade, a farmer at heart, and a bit of a maverick by necessity and disposition. He liked people of all stripes and was a natural storyteller.
Victoria credits her father for her interest in human nature and her mother for making her a writer. Her mother read to her and her brothers and sister from an early age and made sure there were always books in the house. When Victoria began to spin stories of her own, it was her mother who said, “Hurry hurry, go write that down!” sometimes forgetting that Victoria was still in kindergarten.
She grew up with 2 brothers and a sister, all close in age. They sometimes played together and sometimes fought and sometimes formed alliances, which could shift and reconfigure from one day to the next. She continues to be fascinated by the dynamic among siblings.
Her love of history can be traced to sneaking up to the attic at Georgetown Visitation and examining some of its treasures by flashlight. She is deeply grateful to whomever it was who periodically left the door unlocked.
Right out of college, Victoria became a computer programmer. Later she taught English to high school students and creative writing and massage therapy to adults. She is still in touch with some of her former students.
Dozens of her articles, poems, and stories have appeared in national and regional publications, and she has edited three nonfiction books.
Her historical novels include three Regency Romances: The Artful Cousin, London Frolic and Mayfair Wager.
She now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, partner, and soul mate together with their exceptional cat.