VIJAYA'S LIFE IN
Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed
to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and
exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and
claims she must be a time traveler, since she writes with the same
ease about the far past and the far future. With over twenty
titles published, Vijaya Schartz writes action
adventure laced with sensuality and suspense, in exotic, medieval, and
futuristic settings. Her books collected many five star
reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually
lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her
stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance.
So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you
entranced, turning the pages until the last line.
Tandem Free fall,
Schartz did it all. Before becoming a professional writer, Vijaya
acted on Stage and Television in Paris, France, and on tours
throughout Europe. She sang in Rive Gauche cabarets and studied
voice and modern ballet. Her paintings were also shown in several
her spare time over the years, Vijaya was on the French National
gymnastics team, a surfer and an Aikido black belt in Hawaii. She is
still a thrill-seeker and likes to jump off perfectly good planes or
battle the river wild. She now resides in sunny Arizona with her
husband and three
lovable cats, Jasmine, Spunky and Bandit.
hot July recently, she braved the white waters of the Colorado
through the Grand Canyon in a raft (left). Later, she rests in calmer
waters, that's her in the left bottom picture, center back of the raft, with the
even jumped from a high cliff into the chilly waters (it's really
high - the scale is lost on the picture) Did I mention Vijaya is
deathly afraid of heights? That's what makes these stunts such a
thrill. She was screaming all the way down.
Vijaya lived in France, India, Hawaii, Florida, and Philadelphia,
before settling in Arizona. She traveled throughout England,
Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Norway, Spain, Thailand, the Himalayas, Japan, and saw the Sphinx
and the Pyramids. She returns to Europe regularly to visit her
family and do book research. Last, she visited Luxembourg, Germany,
Aragon, Forez and Brittany, to glean information related to her
fantasy series in progress.
INDIA - A SPECIAL PLACE
Vijaya participated in
the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage (it's her front and center on the right)
where she lived in an ashram (Hindu
monastery) for many months. She even had a traditional Indian wedding
(left), like in her novel
Ashes for the
a recent trip to Thailand, Vijaya did some parasailing, rode
elephants (they sweat behind the ears) and got acquainted with her
first live tiger, up close and personal (right). Good thing she loves cats.
This one had to be placated to stand still for the picture. The arm
is actually resting on the back of the beast.
Vijaya studied Cashmere Shivaism and Siddha Yoga in an Ashram near
Mumbai (old Bombay), India, where she translated spiritual texts
from English into French. She once belonged to the Rosicrucian
Order, the Order of the Knights Templar, as well as the Martinist
Order. She studied paranormal phenomena, near death experiences,
reincarnation, past life regression, UFO sightings, Alchemy, Tibetan
wisdom, Zen Buddhism, and Shinto philosophies. Many of her early
published articles dealt with philosophical and spiritual topics.
2001 to 2004,
Vijaya was the radio talk show host of
SECRETS RADIO, first
on KFNX1100AM radio in Arizona, then on BOOK CRAZY RADIO NETWORK (BCRN)
worldwide on the internet, six times every Wednesday. Her show was rated BEST TALK SHOW on BCRN for 2002 for
excellence. On that show, Vijaya interviewed some of the greatest
authors of our times (below with the great and delightful nkDiana Gabaldon).
WRITE PATH SEMINARS
TEACHER OF WRITING
Vijaya is the founder of the
WRITE PATH SEMINARS where she shares her extended
knowledge of the craft with small groups of dedicated writers.
She also teaches workshops
on the business of writing as well as author promotion, and
everything concerning the writing life, at writers meetings and at
national conferences throughout the country.
VALLEY OF THE SUN
CHAIRPERSON - ACTIVE MEMBER :
Vijaya Schartz was the President of the
ARIZONA AUTHORS ASSOCIATION
for seven years, from 1998 to December 2005, and she still serves as
the webmistress of this organization. She also held the presidency
VALLEY OF THE SUN
ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter and
ROMANCE WRITERS Chapter.
She was Editor in chief of the
ARIZONA LITERARY MAGAZINE
until 2007. She hosted her own radio show about writing for over
three years (Authors Secrets Radio). As a writer of Romantic
suspense and adventure, in exotic, futuristic, or medieval settings, Vijaya
belongs to the
OF AMERICA and is
active in their local chapters.
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