1. Tell me about you and your work!
Hi! I’m Vic, a writer/photographer/graphic designer/multi-disciplinary creative human from Ottawa, Canada! I have bylines in publications across Canada and the U.S., and my first novella is set to be published in 2022. I studied journalism in college and university, but since then I’ve fallen in love with all sorts of different types of writing. I’m a feminist and anti-racist, and in my spare time I do everything I can to be an advocate for the mental health and LGBTQIA+ communities, which I am a part of. I try to be as inclusive and forward-thinking as possible, but I’m still learning new things every day. You can find my blog and some of my published work, as well as a few photography samples, at https://t.co/6aOlm6Oupe.
2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
That depends on which part! I honestly think my favourite thing about my work (so far) is my lack of a niche. I know, I know–everyone always talks about how important it is to find a niche, but I’m so grateful to be able to work on so many different types of things. I don’t think my ADHD brain could handle doing the same thing day in and day out every day. And I’m privileged to have a day job where I can shake it up from one day to another and flex the full range of my skillset!
3. How have you gained an audience over time?
Mostly through social media, honestly. Is there any other way to gain an audience as an indie creative these days? My audience isn’t huge, but I’ve never cared too much about that. My priority is not how many people are consuming my work, but HOW my work has affected (or even helped) the ones I do have. If even one person tells me they have been impacted positively by my work, then I consider that a success. So hit me with that feedback!! And good thing, too, because I’m the worst at maintaining a consistent online presence. Ha!
But I do try to be as authentic as possible and I think genuine connections are so important, especially among the creative community. We need to stand up for one another and support each other, since there are so many of us who don’t have that support network in our personal and even professional lives. So if you’d like to connect, I’m on Twitter and Instagram!
4. How do you work? Silence or music? Do you work alongside a hot drink and a handful of snacks?
Music, always. Or TV, but it has to be something somewhat mindless that I can just have on as background noise. I also like a giant mug of tea or coffee (or lately hot chocolate) while I work, but when I get into a deep hyperfocus I never remember the snacks. Luckily my partner is always on the ball in that department! I don’t think I’d ever remember to eat or even go to the washroom if it wasn’t for him, honestly. Once my brain zones into something I’m glued to it for hours!
5. Link any of your socials and your work for others to check out!
Facebook: Victoria St.Michael
1. What’s your favourite season and why?
Fall, because yes, I am in fact one of those basic spooky b*tches. I mean, I stay that way all year round but my power peaks in the fall. Also, fall is the nicest season here in Ontario. The temperature isn’t sweltering hot like it gets in the summer, or freezing cold like it gets in the winter. And the trees are so beautiful when they turn colours, as well! If you’re ever in Ontario during the fall, I highly recommend a hiking trip. You won’t regret it.
2. If you could have any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
If I could own a mythical creature, it would definitely be a gryphon or a hippogriff. They’re both totally badass and powerful, but could also double as transportation! 😉
3. Would you rather have your own boat/ship or your own aeroplane?
Boat. I don’t really like flying, but I LOVE being out on the water. Reminds me of summers camping with my Dad as a kid.
4. What are your current favourite shows?
Thank you for saying current, haha, I get so stressed out when people ask about my favourite shows because they’re constantly changing! Right now I’m super into Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Bob’s Burgers (I’m in the process of rewatching from the beginning, it’s a hilarious show I don’t care what anybody says!). And then there are the timeless go-to’s, like The Office and Schitt’s Creek.
5. What’s your thoughts and feelings on vampires!?
Scary vampires? Awesome. Sparkly vampires? Cringy but still admittedly a fan. My favourite pop culture depictions of vampires are in the Anne Rice books and the 80s movie The Lost Boys! I highly recommend both if you’re into vampires.
Thank you for taking part in this interview!