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Victoria Theresa Salloum was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is the second of three children (only daughter) born to Joseph Najeeb Salloum and Yvonne Koury Salloum. She went to public schools in Gulfport prior to attending St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans for three years and then graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. In later years, she earned a second B.A. in journalism from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Master in Fine Arts in creative writing from L.S.U. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Vicki was a staff writer for three newspapers: The Daily-Herald in Mississippi, and the Palm Beach Daily News and The Miami Herald, both in Florida. She began writing fiction in her late 30s. Her short stories have been included in the anthologies When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple; Pass/Fail: 32 Stories About Teaching; and Voices from the Couch: Stories and Essays of Psychotherapy and Related Issues. An excerpt from her novel in progress, FAULKNER & FRIENDS, appeared in the 2006 anthology Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press). The complete manuscript of FAULKNER & FRIENDS was subsequently published in 2014 by Underground Voices of Los Angeles, California. Her debut novella, A PRAYER TO SAINT JUDE, was released in 2012 by Main Street Rag Publishing of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her most recent novel, CANDYLAND, was published in 2016 by Moonshine Cove of Abbeville, South Carolina.

Vicki has lived in New Orleans for many years with her husband, the late Wayne Joseph Holley.