Victoria Piontek, author
I first fell in love with books when my sister and I discovered a battered set of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia in the family barn. By the time I finished the series, I believed real magic was found behind the cover of a book. Though, I did thoroughly check all wardrobes first.
I published two short stories Where Dragon’s Soar (Wyvern Publications) and Wanting Mary (Vine Leaves Literary Magazine), before writing my debut novel, The Spirit of Cattail County (Scholastic Press), a ghostly story of magic and friendship set in the Everglades. I am now working on a new middle grade novel about family secrets, friendship and magic.
I am also a Literary Associate for Executive Agent Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, an agency specializing in children's literature and consistently ranked #1 in juvenile sales by Publishers Marketplace. Prior to my current roles in publishing, I worked as a Television Producer, a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep and a Senior Consultant for the Dale Carnegie Institute. But my favorite job was teaching English to middle school students in New York City as a Teach for America Corps Member. I also taught Education Methods to Teaching Fellows at Pace University.
I continue to work with students as a presenter, a school volunteer, and as a Girl Scout leader, helping kids to find their voice and passion. When I'm not writing, you can find me reading, hiking the Bay Area, or wrangling my three children and a big fluffy dog.
Victoria Piontek is the author of The Spirit of Cattail County (Scholastic Press, 2018), a ghostly story of magic and friendship set in the Everglades. The Spirit of Cattail County was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year (2019) and selected for the Sequoyah Children’s Masterlist (2019-2020). She is also a Literary Associate for Executive Agent Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Prior to her current roles, Victoria had a myriad of other jobs, from waitressing to sales, but her favorite occupation was teaching middle school children in New York City as a Teach for America Corps Member. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hollins University, and an MST in Education from Pace University. Her forthcoming novel, Better with Butter, is about a twelve-year-old girl struggling with anxiety and the fainting goat that changes her life. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband, three children, and gigantic fluffy dog.