Keynote Speakers and NYT & USA Bestselling Authors

Victoria Alexander NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
VICTORIA ALEXANDER
(KEYNOTE SPEAKER #1)

Rebecca York NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
REBECCA YORK
(VIP TEACHER)

Angela Knight NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
ANGELA KNIGHT
(VIP TEACHER)

Aliyah Burke USA Today
Bestselling Author
ALIYAH BURKE
(BESTSELLER)

Jami Brumfield New York Times
Bestselling Author
JAMI BRUMFIELD
(VIP TEACHER)

Lane Hart New York Times
Bestselling Author
LANE HART
(VIP TEACHER)

Melissa Stevens New York Times
Bestselling Author
MELISSA STEVENS
(VIP TEACHER)

Victoria Alexander

Victoria Alexander
New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, Victoria Alexander has written 31 full length novels and 6 novellas, with 16 of her books hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With readers around the world, Victoria’s books have been translated into a dozen different languages.

In 2008 Victoria was the Keynote Speaker for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference in San Francisco, has twice been nominated for the RWA prestigious RITA award, was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub in 2009, and in 2003 was named Historical Storyteller of the Year. Crediting much of her writing success to her experiences as an award winning television reporter, Victoria turned to writing full-time when she realized that fiction was far more fun than real life, and has never looked back.

While traveling the world as an Air Force brat, Victoria’s years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal-miners trapped in a mine collapse. She was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran.

In Nebraska, Victoria reported on the farm crisis, watching people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY, has acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home, and her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage, to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During Victoria’s journalism career, she covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, she has ridden an elephant, and was flown in a governor’s helicopter.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club, and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

She has covered everything from Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver, a national political convention, to small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work has been honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press, who called Victoria’s feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. That was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction.

Victoria claims her love of both romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well-drawn.

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