meet Victoria

"I always knew I would become an author, even as I was taking an unlikely path to that destination."

Victoria Christopher Murray is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than 30 novels, including the New York Times Instant Best Sellers, The Personal Librarian and The First Ladies. Both novels, Victoria co-wrote with Marie Benedict.

 

A native New Yorker, Victoria Christopher Murray attended Hampton University where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Victoria attended New York University’s Stern Business School where she received her MBA in Marketing.

 

Victoria spent ten years in Corporate America before she tested her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened a Financial Services Agency for Aegon, USA where she managed the number one division for nine consecutive years. However, Victoria always dreamed of writing and in 1997, she pursued her dream. 

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Temptation by Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria originally self published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Temptation remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Victoria received her first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Literature with Temptation.

 

Over her career, Victoria has received numerous awards including the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award, the Delta Sigma Theta Osceola Award for Excellence in the Arts, Go On Girl Book Club Author of the Year, eleven African American Literary Awards and five NAACP Image Award nominations. In 2016, she won the Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her social commentary novel, Stand Your Ground. 

Victoria's awards

African American Literary Award Show Best Christian Fiction, 2010

African American Literary Award Show Best Fiction, 2015

African American Literary Award Show Author of the Year, 2015

African American Literary Award Show  Best Christian Fiction, 2017

African American Literary Award Show  Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017

Author of the Year – Go On Girl Book club, 2017

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Osceola Award for Excellence in the Arts

NAACP Image Award Nomination, Outstanding Literary Work, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018

 

Phyllis Wheatly Award, Trailblazer in Fiction, 2006

Tabahani Book Club Author of the Decade, 2006

African American Literary Award Show (AALAS) Best Christian Fiction 2007

African American Literary Award Show Best Christian Fiction, 2008

African American Literary Award Show Author of the Year, 2008

African American Literary Award Show Best Young Adult 2009

African American Literary Award Show Best Christian Fiction, 2009

Romance Slam Glam, Best Inspirational Romance, 2010

NAACP Image Award Winner, Outstanding Literary Work, 2016

In addition to being a New York Times Bestseller

The Personal Librarian was a Good Morning America Book Club selection and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR. 

 

The First Ladies was Target’s 2023 Book of the Year.

The Personal Librarian book cover
Book Cover of 2 woman with their backs facing the cover and their front facing the Washington Monument

Five of Victoria’s Seven Deadly Sins novels became Lifetime movies produced by TD Jakes, Shaun Robinson and Derrick Williams. 

 

The Personal Librarian has been optioned by Al Roker Entertainment to become a mini series. 

Victoria 4 Lifetime Movies Wrath, Greed, Lust, Envy based on The Seven Deadly Sins books


With almost three million books in print,
Victoria is one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors.

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