Vivienne Schiffer is a native of Rohwer, Arkansas, which from 1942 until 1945 was a site of what may be the greatest single violation of civil rights in twentieth century American history, the imprisonment of Japanese American citizens and resident aliens from the Pacific coast. Inspired by the loyalty and grace of the imprisoned Japanese Americans, Schiffer wrote Camp Nine, which explores the clash of cultures that resulted from the arrival of nearly ten thousand outsiders into the isolated Arkansas Delta.
Schiffer has practiced law in Houston for over twenty-eight years. Now counsel, she was previously a senior corporate and securities partner in the firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, a global firm with over three hundred and fifty attorneys. She is married to Paul Schiffer, a criminal defense attorney. They have four children.
She is active in the Texas literary scene, and served for three years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers’ League of Texas, the second largest regional writing group in the nation, and the statewide service organization partner in the literary arts to the Texas Commission on the Arts. She is also a member of Women in Television and Film/Houston.
Schiffer graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and Tulane Law School, and she achieved her professional certification in screenwriting from the UCLA Professional Program, a one-year intensive screenwriting program that is taught by the faculty of UCLA’s renown MFA program. Her screenplay, The Good Fortune of Mr. Frost, was a Screenwriting Expo 2007 quarterfinalist, and her short story, The Tree Shall be Known by its Fruit, was a finalist in the GlimmerTrain 2004 Fiction Open.
She is currently at work on her second novel about the fictional DeSoto County, in the Arkansas Delta. Also a filmmaker, she is working on a documentary about the Rohwer Camp and its survivors, and the efforts of her mother, Rosalie Santine Gould, to preserve the memory of the Japanese American experience in Arkansas.