Victoria Piontek is hands down one of our favorite middle grade authors and people. See why as you hear her answer to questions about fainting goats, her own childhood pets, her love of child readers, and her mission to represent children with anxiety as the brave young people they are! Get to know the author and learn more about her writing journey and her lovely new debut, BETTER WITH BUTTER.
Our apologies: This being our first episode, Cheryl and Heather struggled with some muddy sound on this first podcast, but Victoria sounds great, and her answers are so delightful! Enjoy hearing her talk, and we promise we get better with our sound on future episodes.
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.
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