Victoria Allek grew up in in Wyoming, where she earned the cancer survivor tag at age 12. Later, she pursued a Wisconsin teaching license and a Master’s in Communication. She taught high school English and public speaking for 14 years before moving to Iowa, where she completed her memoir. Currently, she mentors student teachers at Wichita State University, maintains a blog (www.writevictoria.com), and is pursuing representation for her memoir. Victoria Allek is the pen name for a woman obsessed with people-watching and traveling; she would be hard-pressed to find something she couldn’t turn into a metaphor.