About Victoria Giraud

I’m a writer/editor, mother, sister, cousin and lifelong friend to many, not necessarily in that order. I’m interested in all aspects of writing and expression: film, art, history, spiritual striving, and the nature of life and its meaning.  Growing up as an Army brat has provided me with many challenges and fulfilling experiences and adventures. I hope my readers enjoy my thoughts and will add their own.

I’ve been a newspaper editor and columnist, a magazine editor/writer, written an historical fiction novel, Melaynie’s Masquerade,  and a screenplay about Sir Francis Drake, and edited over 90 books in almost all genres. My novel is offered in hardbound, softbound and E-book  for Kindle on  Amazon Books. I am in the midst of publishing an E-book single: An Army Brat in Libya; Memories of Tripoli in the 1950s, and another single: Colonels Don’t Apologize.  

For more information about my editing services and my book (cover below), see my website, www.victoria4edit.com which is available by clicking on Victoria’s Web Site, which is listed under Blogroll or  on the front page of my blog.

Victoria Giraud



  1. Great to hear from you all at the reunion. I’ve heard they have been a blast. I hope to attend when it’s in San Diego. Would love to hear more from you, Louis. Do you live in LA? Let’s talk.

  2. Louis Kridelbaugh says:

    Hi Victoria – Kathie said hey!
    We are sitting here e-mailing you from the Wheelus air base reunion
    in Huntsville,AL.
    I reside in California and was stationed in Libya Aug.1969 to May 1970.
    I worked in the magazine circulation business in the South west.
    Kathie told me to tell you that.
    We are looking at your blogs and remembering “good times” at Wheelus.
    Kathie sends her love and Lets get together in California without Kathie.

  3. Don’t eat too much chicken.

  4. I’ve been out of the loop for awhile because of surgery. And I haven’t been posting anything. I”ll get back to it this spring. Hope you’re patient. victoria

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  6. Anna – You must not be reading my blog. I never post videos on my blog. I’ve been writing this blog for over five years.

  7. Write more; that’s all I have to say. It seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You know what you’re talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  8. I wish I could read Italian but I’ve heard from you in English, so I imagine you have written some very nice things about my blog.

  9. Cara Victoria,
    Mi chiamo Domenico Ernandes, sono italiano ,nato a Tripoli, Libia, nel 1948.
    Ho vissuto a Tripoli per 22 anni, dal 1948 al 1970, sino a quando il Colonello Gheddafi, dopo il colpo di stato del 1 settembre 1969, decise che tutti gli italiani “dovevano” lasciare la Libia.
    La maggior parte di quegli italiani (credo che a quel tempo fossero circa 16.000) andarono a vivere in Italia, ma sparsi in città diverse.
    Anch’io vivo in Italia, in Toscana, vicino ad un piccolo paese che si chiama Gavorrano, nelle colline, non lontano da Siena.
    Avendo frequentato a Tripoli le Scuole dei Fratelli Cristiani, come la maggior parte dei miei coetanei, ora faccio parte di un Associazione che si chiama Associazione Exlali – Fratel Amedeo. Questa Associazione organizza ogni anno alcuni raduni , dislocati in diversi posti d’Italia, di ex alunni che si ritrovano insieme dopo tanti anni. Inoltre provvede a pubblicare , quattro volte l’anno, un notiziario chiamato L’OASI. Da qualche anno abbiamo anche un sito online con questo indirizzo http://www.associazioneexlali.it/
    Qualche giorno fa un responsabile dell’Associazione mi ha segnalato l’esistenza del tuo sito http://www.victoria4edit.com/ ed in particolare alcuni articoli da te scritti che si riferiscono al tuo soggiorno a Tripoli negli anni ’50.
    Poiché il nostro notiziario , così come anche il nostro sito online, hanno il principale compito di ricordare le vicende della nostra vita vissuta a Tripoli, o in generale in Libia, ci siamo accorti che alcuni dei tuoi racconti, che reputiamo molto interessanti anche per come sono stati da te scritti, hanno come soggetto la Libia.
    Pertanto ci è venuto spontaneo pensare di contattarti per chiederti se possiamo pubblicarli sia sul nostro notiziario che sul nostro sito online.
    Visto che ho discreta conoscenza dell’inglese (mia moglie Joanne è irlandese) il mio compito sarà quello di occuparmi della traduzione dei tuoi articoli dall’inglese all’italiano, cercando naturalmente di attenermi il più fedelmente possibile al tuo testo.
    Poiché io ho intenzione di scrivere un articolo sui rapporti intercorsi in quell’epoca tra la popolazione italiana e quella americana a Tripoli, ti saremo grati se tu volessi scrivere, dal tuo punto di vista, quello che anche tu ricordi di quei tempi.
    In attesa di un tuo cortese riscontro ti saluto cordialmente
    Domenico (Ernandes)

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  16. Hi Alison,

    The Wheelus group has reunions every few years as well and all over the US. The one coming up next summer will be in Dayton, Ohio at an Air Base (I forgot the name). I just posted a blog about coming home from Tripoli on the USNS Rose via Mediterranean ports.

  17. Alison Campbell says:

    Thanks for the info about your book. Look forward to reading it. I went to the Oil Companies School in GP; it’s still there – saw it on Google Earth! I live in Houston now, and we have a reunion every two years for OCS and Wheelus alumni. Alison

  18. Thanks for reading, Alison. Always enjoy hearing from those who have lived in Tripoli. It amazes me how many people from other countries have lived in Tripoli, enjoyed it, and remember it afterward. Would love to hear more about what you remember about it. My book AN ARMY BRAT IN LIBYA by Victoria Giraud is available as an Ebook on Amazon. Let me know what you think.

  19. Alison Campbell says:

    Just came across your blog. Enjoyed your memories of Tripoli. My family moved there in 1958, and I was born there in 1960. We lived in Garden City, Giorgimpopoli (?), and Gargour Estate until our move to England in 1972. I’m still in touch with friends from my time there. Where can I find your book about Tripoli. Thanks, Alison.

  20. Thanks for your comments, Almira. I’m always eager to read about others’ experiences in Tripoli.

  21. almira jones says:

    I lived on base from 1959-1962. My father was Club Officer, Commissary Officer and Materials Supply Office, during our stay. My jet jockey cousin used to bring us fresh milk from Bitburg – that was a dream come true.
    Just bumped into your blog going through photos of Wheelus. I have so many memories of Tripoli.

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  23. Thanks, Diana, for ordering my book. Of course I will gladly autograph Melaynie’s Masquerade for you!

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  25. Diana Becker Mullins says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog again and the comments. Your travel history and family history are supercalifragalistic. Not familiar with blogs so I am happy you put a connection on the ex Wheelus students site. I remember such happy days shared with you in Tripoli . Saw you had a comment from Terry Cederstrom. His sister Karen was a great friend, found her once and then lost her number again. Your career as an Editor is amazing. Keep up the delightful writing. A lot of people knew me as Pinky “.

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  34. Thanks, Terry, for the good words about my book. Feel free to add more about your experience there. Like, what instrument did you play?

  35. Terry Wright says:

    I finally got around to reading “An Army Brat…”even though i ran across it a year or two ago. I was at Wheelus during 1958 and1959, and I found it and Tripoli as you’ve so aptly desctibed it. I was an A/2C in the Air Force band unit and frankly enjoyed the tour. TDYs to France, Germany and Italy helped a lot, I’ll admit, but Tripoli was OK if you applied yourself. And I remember the Sailing Club on the Harbor — and the tiny boats, called Snipes if memory serves. Anyhow–thanks for the memoir.
    Terry Wright

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  38. Victoria,
    I stumbled across your website while doing some research on Libya in the late 50’s and 60’s when I, too, was an Air Force brat at Wheelus. A keen rider I participated in several of the rodeos you mention and was wondering if you have other photos of the rodeos or Busetta race track. I raced at Busetta as a young boy and am trying to locate photos of that period.

    Regardless, reading your blog brought back long-forgotten memories…..and I too was a passenger on the Gen. Rose (as well as the Darby) in those days.

    Best regards,
    Byron D. Donics
    3160 E. Stella Ln.
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
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  39. Thanks, Nancy, for reading the blog about the Med cruise on the Rose. What fun is a cruise without some kind of storm to survive! You need to have tales to tell.

  40. Nancy Kog says:

    Loved…loved…loved your rendition of your return on the Gen Rose from Libya –like you, I spent my young life abroad and in foreign lands. My father was stationed in Izmir Turkey and we sailed home on the General Rose from Izmir in 1959. I kept a photo of the Rose as well as the captains dinner (which was the farewell dinner). I remember we encountered a hurricane the night of the dinner, and half the dinner sitting was devoid of life, as most were down below – sea sick … I on the other hand, took advantage of the situation and ate to my hearts content. You brought a plethora of memories flooding back, all good ones !!!

  41. Hello Farag,
    I will check to see if anyone has any information on photos. Perhaps you will get a response from being on my blog.

  42. Farag Marei says:

    I am American/ Libya national who’s trying to trace some back history on Wheelus air force base and peoples who were living in Tripoli to serve the air force operation. Also, more importantly Libyan civilian visitors.
    I am specifically looking for pictures related to visitors from Arts & Crafts Islamic School students in Tripoli. Who have visited the base during Christmas & 4th July celebration. Many of my Libyan friends ask me to locate any pictures for such visits for the school archive. It is understood that the base had their own photographers to document these civics activities.
    I appreciate if you locate pictures from your old friends who may do have and keep such documents.

  43. Terry Cederstrom says:

    Will email photos of Libya 55-57 if you provide your email.
    Best from Charlottesville to Danville. Terry C.

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