Valerie is currently writing The Yorkshire Saga Series published by Sapere Books. These fast-paced adventures are set against the dramatic beauty of North Yorkshire in the early nineteenth century. This era was 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.
She became a published author in 2002 after winning the prestigious Annual Ghost Story Competition run by Writing Magazine with her entry Three Squashed Pumpkins. Her work also includes contemporary and mystery titles as she has had over forty novellas published.
Valerie is an experienced creative writing tutor of distance learning courses encouraging as yet unpublished students to move toward attaining their writing goals as well as developing the skills of more established writers. She also completes manuscript appraisals for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, New Writers' Scheme and reviews both adult and children’s books Historical Novel Society. Valerie is a member of the Society of Authors, The Crime Writers’ Association, Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
She literally loves the adventure and delights in sharing her love of creative writing with her students.
Valerie tutors: Becoming a Successful Writer, Fiction Writing, Short Story Writing and Crime Fiction and Mini Critiques/full manuscript appraisal.
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!