Victoria D. Schmidt is a woman who lives, loves, and has worked an admirable life through nine decades and well into her 10th. Her wit and style are timeless, as are her energy and curiosity. She has a thirst for knowledge that keeps her current despite her years. She has had it all without ever considering the alternative … love, family, work and friends. She dreams big and has a willing spirit to share the successes and failures that make her such an inspiration.

        Victoria climbed the ladder of success by way of being a fashion editor at Woman’s Day magazine in New York City; to serving as the Director of Tourism for the State of New Jersey under Governor Tom Kean; to founding an ESL business in Poland, the land of her heritage; to running her own successful advertising and public relations firm in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Early in her career, she took to the pen with Triumph in Exile, a book celebrating a woman who had a strong voice and made a difference; a topic that would stay with Victoria.

After many years in a happy, loving marriage author, Victoria D. Schmidt, lost her husband, Ralph, to Parkinson’s disease. She discovered several havens including scores of publications that helped her with her grief and gave her a sense of peace. However, Victoria felt there was a need for a book, a single volume that would offer women a wide range of resources … people, places, websites, organizations and more … to find solace and gratifying, new life options. She undertook the task herself. The result is Finding Solitary Contentment. As she worked on the manuscript for this book, she was then inspired to honor her husband with Remembering the Loved One You Lost, a gift book with her poetic reflections of lost love and acceptance, illustrated with stunning photos of the noble lotus.

Ms. Schmidt lives in Oldwick, New Jersey with Dominique, her gentle whippet, and already has plans for her next book. Being an avid Francophile, she hopes to build the “Pavillon