A Year in Review, A Year Ahead

I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day from my parents’ house in France, which looks–quite fittingly–like something out of a fairy tale.


My New Year’s Eve…


A lot of people tell me I’m brave for being willing to up and move across the world, to take my roots with me or trust in them to hold, but my parents are truly inspiring. My father has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was a child, and was told he’d never see 50. This past year he turned 66, is in better health than most people half his age, and followed a dream he had since his 30’s–to buy a home in France.


My mother, who didn’t speak a word of French (though she’s learning), agreed to pick up her entire life and go with him, to help make that dream happen. If that’s not bravery, I don’t know what is.


Looking back at *my* year, it certainly had its own adventures.

I finished a graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, and earned a Masters of Science in Medieval Art History.


My Tor editor, Miriam, and I spent a week in Edinburgh celebrating ADSOM, plotting the final installment…


…and toasting our new four-book deal!



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I got a tattoo to mark the things I’ve already accomplished, and those still ahead.


A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC took 2nd in the Goodreads Choice Awards, right below NEIL F*CKING GAIMAN.


I read a whopping 104 books:


I celebrated the release of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC on two continents. And that book would go into 5 printings in the first month. It would sell in Brazil, Germany, Poland, and China. It would become a major success. I, of course, had no idea.

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I fostered a crazy Pyrenees puppy named Zeke.

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I fell madly, deeply in love with Scotland.


And I bought my very first apartment in Nashville.



I don’t know how to top that in 2016. I don’t know if it’s possible. But here’s what’s in store.

In 3 weeks, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC hits shelves in paperback.

In 7 weeks, A GATHERING OF SHADOWS will come out in hardcover. In 7 months, my new YA, THIS SAVAGE SONG, will hit shelves in hardcover.

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With AGOS, I’ll go on my first major publisher-sponsored tour.


Over the course of this year, I plan to finish writing the ADSOM series. I plan to write the sequel to THIS SAVAGE SONG. I hope to finish the sequel to VICIOUS, as well as a new MG project.

I’m setting another 100-book reading goal, because I honestly feel like that intense immersion in words and styles was an education unto itself.

My two words for the year are DISCIPLINE and SANCTUARY. At first they might seem incompatible, but both are essential for a sane and productive environment. I need to hold on to my writing discipline, but I also need to carve out safe and healthy mental space. That means not looking at reviews, not engaging in toxic or self-destructive behavior, not ego-surfing or dwelling overly on things out of my control. It’s going to be a challenge, but I hope I can rise to it.

Overall, I am simply hoping for a healthy, productive year. And who knows, maybe a few adventures around the bend 😉



24 thoughts on “A Year in Review, A Year Ahead

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  2. Just a super-short note to say how much I have enjoyed following you on twitter and seeing all the good things you’ve been doing last year (where exactly did 2015 go?).

    When it comes to balancing life, adventures, learning, and, of course, writing, you are a true inspiration. And if I find you inspirational, then it makes me even happier to think of the younger generation, and how they have someone like you to learn from. With the potential toxicity of social media often trumpeted all-too-loudly, I think it is important to acknowledge the good too.

    Thank you.


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  4. Angie says:

    You are amazing V, and a total inspiration!

  5. Kate Tilton says:

    I love this, V! May your 2016 be just as amazing 🙂

  6. Paige Cavanaugh says:

    Sanctuary…such an important word to wrap yourself around, and in turn, tuck within! Your year was Incredible, and I look forward to seeing what’s around the bend for you! Best wishes! Xo!

  7. Tammy says:

    I’m so happy for your dad and his house in France:-) Ooh and SUPER happy to hear about the sequel to Vicious:-) Happy NEW Year!

  8. Jennifer F. Santucci says:

    Congratulations! What a spectacular year! As an aspiring writer, I’m inspired!

    I’m so excited your coming to CA in February and near me too! I’m putting it on my calendar.

  9. WHAT A YEAR!!! May 2016 be as fulfilling, productive and bright as you wish it to be! And congratulations to your parents for buying a house in France. I agree with your dad: It is the best place to be (I’m from there, so I’m a little biased). Can’t wait for your new books to come out :-)))

  10. Thank you Victoria for this. You totally inspired me and I have given myself several challenges and goals this year starting with reading100 books too. You are an inspiration.

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  12. This post just made me smile so much!
    Besides being my favourite author, you are an inspiration to me!
    You showed me how, with dedication and persistence, you can do so much in one year. I am amazed at everything you accomplished in 2015 and I can’t wait to see what more you’ll achieve this year.
    You inspire me to work at my own skills, trying to never compare myself to others who have been at this for longer. You also make me view a year as being so full of opportunities and TIME to do everything I might want.

    I just want to say Congratulations and I can’t wait to buy your next books! 🙂

  13. Jennifer N. says:

    Congratulation on everything done and overcome in 2015!! I’m SUPER EXCITED to hear about your new books and I can’t wait to read them!! Your words are such an inspiration!! I hope to be more productive this year, with school and writing and just trying not to loose myself in the internet as much. Good luck in the new year!! 🙂

  14. Beauty Bites says:

    very inspiring

  15. janschubert says:

    Thanks so much for sharing all these highlights of the past year! I just finished ADSOM and can’t wait for A Gathering of Shadows (it’s on preorder). I love your characters, especially Lila. I’m hoping there is more about Rhy in the next book.
    Just a note: I was looking at your book tour schedule to see if I can make one of your appearances, and noticed that you have Feb 23 as appearing in Nashville, Texas. I’m assuming this is Nashville, Tenn?
    Hoping to see you sometime on your tour! Best wishes to you and your family for the new year!

  16. LJ Metz says:

    Loved reading about your year and learning about your truly amazing parents.

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  19. lucciagray says:

    Fabulous post. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on such a wonderful year and all the best for the year ahead! I found you on google looking up articles on ‘street teams’ by Kate Tilton. I write Victorian Gothic Romance. I’m following your blog and looking forward to your posts 🙂

  20. BookHarpy says:

    I’m sooo excite for all your books. I read the excerpt available on NetGalley for AGOS and now I am just DYING to finish it. You are an amazing author! Hope 2016 treats you wonderfully!

  21. You’re amazing!! You’ve accomplished so much. As a fellow writer, I appreciate your closing thoughts of Discipline and Sanctuary. I see how one supports the other. Congratulations on your stunning career!

  22. I love this!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

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