Victoria Dougherty


Ivy, VA

United States

Profile Information:

Ivy, VA
About Me:
I'm a writer of essays, non-fiction and historical crime/spy fiction who comes from the ultimate WWII/Cold War family. As a child, our family dinner table conversations revolved around daring escapes, underground networks, being chased by secret police, and even the occassional ghost story. Come to think of it, not much has changed since I've had my own family.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by Raymond Chandler or Alan Furst. Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, East of Eden, Child 44, The Alienist, The Man Who Was Thursday, Mickey Spillane is fun, The Captive Mind, most Greek Tragedies, The Name of the Rose, any Uncle Oswald story, Peter Mayle beach reading, Shantaram...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Casablanca, Dr. Zhivago, Raiders of the Lost Ark, TheThomas Crown Affair (old and new), Pan's Labyrinth, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, loved the one episode I saw of Rome, Prime Suspect series, Agatha Christie movies from the 60s and 70s, sucker for James Bond, Ronin, English Patient, The Fugitive, The Pianist...

Comment Wall:

  • Aaron Philip Clark

    Thanks, Victoria. You have great taste in books and authors.
  • Victoria Dougherty

    Thank you. On the fiction side - not yet. My agent recently started sending my novel out to publishers, so we're waiting to hear back. I'm starting to compile some short stories, which I'll submit to crime/thriller mags. Apart from the time I spent writing sketch comedy in theater, I've had a mostly corporate writing life - a lot of speeches, position papers, etc.
    How about you? Apart from your coming novel, can I read your stuff anywhere?
  • Richard Godwin

    Hi Victoria,
    And thank you for accepting so gracefully and helpfully. That is a fantastic tip, really, and best of luck with your novel.
    It's hard out there.
    All the very best to you,
  • J. Sydney Jones

    Hey, Victoria,
    I used to be with Writers House. Who's handling your book there? Good luck with it.
  • Victoria Dougherty

    Hi Syd,
    Small world, isn't it? My agent's name is Josh Getzler, but he's moved to Russell and Volkening. Who was handling you?
  • Victoria Dougherty

    Ain't that the truth. Good luck coming right back at you.
  • Robin Richmond

    Thanks for comment can you mail proof of your book to Ming Books Beechwood Acre Place Wightown Dg8 9du Scotland The picture is of the girl I am about to marry
  • Reece Hirsch

    Hi Victoria -- Thanks for accepting the invite. I don't know whether it's the Dashiell Hammett connection or the fog, but San Francisco is a great city for noir. We even have an annual Noir Festival. Best of luck with your book. Reece
  • Robin Richmond

    For the record the pix is of the girl I wish to marry if she will have me I am keeping my fingers crossed for your book I am reading a brilliant first book Bulletproof Mascara BY Bethany Maines IT would enjoyed more by female readership
  • Victoria Dougherty

    Thanks for the crossed fingers - and I'll do the same regarding your intended. Will also check out Bulletproof Mascara (hilarious title).
  • Josh Getzler

    Where there is crime fiction... :)
  • Richard Godwin

    Hi Victoria,
    Thanks for your comment, I appreciate you taking the time and effort to read my story,and also I've sent in some sample chapters of my novel to Writers House.
    How is your own writing going?
  • Victoria Dougherty

    I don't know if you've read the Dr. Suess story, "Oh, The Places You Will Go," but if you have, I'm in "the waiting place." I have a huge back log of short stories and a second novel I'm working on, however, so it helps pass the time.
    Good luck with Writers House. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
  • Vincent Zandri

    Thank you Victoria. Honored to have you as my friend!
  • sam millar

    Hey, Victoria
    thanks for the invite.
  • Victoria Dougherty

    Looking forward to reading your work, Sam. Thanks for the friendship.
  • brian

    After a week, torn apart by getting the boot from my literary agent and being turned down by another, wandering mostly in darkness and feeling a cruel numb slowly spreading where emotions gurgle and boil into life, I had forgotten I was even alive.
    Your note woke me up some. Reminded me that I do indeed exist. Thank you for this.
  • Richard Kunzmann

    Hey Victoria, welcome to the family and thanks for getting in touch.

    Had a browse through your preferences, and the pianist, Pan's Labyrinth and the English Patient are some of my hot favourites too. Have you tried The Very Long Engagement by Jean Jeunet? Should be write up your alley, with a touch of Krieg and spies ;-)
  • Loretta Craig

    You and I have the same tastes in the literary arts. Sounds like you had a great childhood, as well. So, what's your writing like? Look forward to reading some of your work!
  • Victoria Dougherty

    And I yours. I do both fiction and non-fiction. If you want to read a sample of my non-fiction, you can read my NYT Modern Love essay entitled The Wrong Kind of Inheritance. As for fiction, my agent has recently started shopping my first novel around. It's historical spy fiction that people who've read it tend to compare to Alan Furst. If it's true, I'm honored. Cross your fingers for me.
  • David Blumenfeld

    Yes. Any friend of matt is a friend of mine!
  • Carl J Tengstrom

    Hi Victoria,
    Thank you for being my friend. I appreciate it.
    Best regards,
    Carl J Tengstrom
  • Sue Harding

    Hi, Victoria!

    Thanks for the invitation!!
  • Amanda Ward

    Wo sind wir mit diesem photos Victoria? Deutschland oder/auch Russland? Sehr interessant !
  • Amanda Ward

    AH! Now that I didn't consider.....thanks for explanation. In retrospect I thought perhaps the bridges reminded me a bit of Budapest.
  • Luis

    I enjoyed viewing your photos.
  • Matt Rees

    hi Victoria. I you like Wolf Hall, you'll love an earlier one by Mantel -- A Place of Greater Safety. One of the best books I've ever read, truly. Matt
  • JB Christopher


    Portland is....ok. Too dreary in fall/winter/spring but near perfect in summer.
  • Peter Steiner

    Hello Victoria. I'm glad you enjoyed the cartoon. I hope you like the book.
  • Copper Smith

    Thanks for the add.
    Now let's go littler the world with provocative crime fiction!
  • Jerry Peterson

    And you are now in Ivy. Where is that? I once lived in Richlands, Virginia. Editor for the newspaper there.
  • Jerry Peterson

    Richlands is in southwestern Virginia, about half way between Bluefield, West Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee.
  • Copper Smith

    Check out We Can't Dance Together at A Twist of Noir!
    (based on that Steely Dan song that's been stuck in your head since 1980)
  • Martin Roy Hill

    Yes and no, Victoria. I have more than 20 years of military service, but most of it is reserve time. I did 13 years in the Coast Guard, active and reserve, split between two enlistments, with three years in the Navy Reserve in between. I'm now a major in a component of the California National Guard, and I work for the Navy as a civilian analyst in battlefield medical capabilities. 

  • M.E. Purfield

    thanks for friending back :-)