Valerie became a published author when she won Writing Magazine’s Annual Ghost Story Competition in 2002 with Three Squashed Pumpkins. Since then she has had over thirty-five novellas published and her new novel To Love, Honour and Obey was recently published by Endeavour Press 2015.
The majority of her historical romances/mysteries are set in the early nineteenth century in a time of dramatic social change and of war with France. Smuggling, espionage and press-gangs all add to the drama that the hero/heroine faces. Valerie's work also includes contemporary titles. Two of her novellas were shortlisted for the category Romance Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She literally ‘Loves the Adventure!’
Valerie Holmes' novella world mainly features the dramatic beauty of North Yorkshire; an area where she enjoys both hiking and discovering its fascinating history.
She is an experienced creative writing tutor of distance learning courses who enjoys being able to encourage unpublished writers to move towards their dreams. Valerie also completes manuscript appraisals for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, New Writers' Scheme. As a reader for the Historical Novel Society she reviews both adult and children’s books.
Valerie is a member of the Society of Authors, The Crime Writers’ Association, Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Valerie tutors the following courses: Becoming a Successful Writer, Fiction Writing, Short Story Writing.
What Our Students Say
I’m part of the way through my course and I’ve already seen the benefits. I had the first draft of a novel completed when I started the course and I really wish I had taken it before starting the book. My tutor Valerie is very professional and provides great feedback on the writing and valuable insight on publishing considerations. If you want to improve your writing and are serious about being published I recommend this course very highly.
I know I have been quiet, but I would just like to tell you that your feedback over the past year has been very helpful to me. To begin with it has pushed me to form the framework of my plot and to have a momentum in the story. It has also made me start thinking more actively about 'showing' rather than 'telling', using dialogue and beginning the scenes with action. I have especially appreciated the detailed analysis of the texts. It is always nice to know which points you succeed in getting across to your reader and which you do not.
I am going to ask for a course extension and I am very much looking forward to continuing this project with you!