About Me

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I love creative writing and sharing that love through my manuscript appraisal and tutoring work.

My Regency adventures, published by Sapere Books are set against the beauty of North Yorkshire, my home region, with its magnificent bay towns, beaches, moorland and historic sights.

My novellas (46th just sold) are published in large print and distributed through the library system here and in the Commonwealth. These are being made available as eBooks.

These include: Hannah of Harpham Hall shortlisted for the RNA’s Romance Prize, and Moving On for The Love Story of the Year.

I have worked for over fifteen years with The London School of Journalism and Writing Magazine  as an experienced creative writing tutor. I also read for the Romantic Novelists’ New Writers’ Scheme and review books for the Historical Novel Society.

If you are a new writer or need advice on a work-in-progress I also offer an independent manuscript appraisal service and/or mentoring, always aiming to give constructive and honest feedback.

For further details please contact me… Manuscript Appraisal

Memberships: RNA | CWA | HNS | Society of Authors

70 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is new and I hope to combine my love of photography with clear concise articles to compliment my love of travel. Stop by occasionally for more.

      1. I’ve had my blog less than 3 weeks so I’m a real newbie! I am too; it’s been fascinating thus far and I can’t wait to keep exploring! Keep up the great work and please do stop by The Chicago Files anytime! Cher xo

  2. Your theme is so perfect. Love your site. Mine is only a week old, so is a learning curve. Have visited England twice and will definitely check out your work. Sounds like fun reading.

    1. Thanks, Marci
      I love the playful nature of the fishes and turtles. Thanks for your lovely comments. Hope you enjoy reading my stories. I’m still learning about blogging and social networking in general. 🙂 Where did you visit in England?

  3. thanks so much for liking my post on my dad in the Army! I’ve only been blogging since the first of the year and just love “meeting” folks from all over the world. I look forward to reading more of your blog – and maybe your books! 🙂 Blessings to you!

    1. Hi
      I’m really only just getting into the idea of blogging regularly – I love interviewing authors but decided recently to start sharing the places and period I write about. Hope you enjoy looking through them. Keep going with the writing!

  4. Hi Valerie, thanks for dropping by and liking my post. I’m wondering which ‘coastal town’ on the edge of North Yorkshire ir could be that you’re from? Used to live in Whitby myself, and so have a fascination for this part of the world. Hope to see you again some time, and great to see so many creative people here on the coast.

  5. Thank you for the ‘like’ on “Mom’s Recipe Box: Hamburg Dressing – the Crowning Glory of My Mother’s Holiday Recipes, Plus New england Pumpkin
    Pie & Cinnamon Sugar Treats”. This post is particularly meaningful to me.
    I look forward to returning to your blog to read more. Happy Holidays! – Jackie

  6. Thank you for the like of “Mom’s Recipe Box: New Year Greetings with Bennett Family Favorites ……. “. I have signed on to follow your blog and look forward to reading your posts. – Jackie

  7. Valerie,
    Thank you so much for the like of “Mom’s Recipe Box: A Very Special Birthday Cake! Series Conclusion.” This series has meant a great to me in that it was in memory of my mother, and I have so appreciated those who shared in the joy of it.
    Jackie Bennett

    1. It was only when I began writing my adventures that I realised how the ‘cook’ often plays a supporting part and that is a direct link to fond memories of my time shared with my mum and aunty. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  8. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my Easy Hamburger Bun recipe. Your hometown area looks to be a lovely place – as it seems most of the UK is! We’ve spent some time in London and the Cotswolds on holiday (and yes, made the trip to Stonehenge) and all is just stunning. Admittedly, however, I’m partial to Scotland, land of my ancient heritage. Cheers!

  9. Hi Valerie,
    I am pleased you enjoyed my blog on Haddon Hall. By the way, that is a great picture of Whitby Harbour. We have visited two or three times now and love the feel of the town and its surroundings like the North Yorkshire Moors and Robin Hood’s Bay. I have hopes that I will find my inner author one day.

  10. Just to say that I’m glad to have found your blog. It’s full of fantastic content and I’m in awe of your presentation. My blog is very new so it’s quite basic at the moment but I’m having so much fun writing again and connecting with other people.

  11. Hi I am glad you liked one of my posts. Please feel comfortable to check my site from time to time, if you do not choose to be a follower. I have browsed through the introduction to you and will enjoy reading more on your blog.

  12. Thank for liking the Truffle recipe on off The Cuff. Historical fiction is a genre that I’m interested in and I am currently doing a plot synopsis for a potential manuscript. Continued success Valerie.

  13. It thought I would stop by and see what your side of the blogiverse looked like. I enjoyed reading your latest interview, though that worm on the hook in the fringes of my peripheral vision quite freaked me out.

  14. Dear Valerie, thanks for visiting our blog and liking my post on Brandied Cherry Berry Friands. I do hope you make these as they are ridiculously easy but look and taste super good.
    I love your site, especially the fishing line, so cute.
    How lucky you are to live in North Yorkshire! I’ve always wanted to go there ever since loving reading ‘ The Secret Garden “when I was young.
    Cheers Mimsey

  15. Thank you for checking out my blog!:) I was reading your bio and it’s so inspirational that you have over 30 published works! A massive goal for me in the future:) (Lovely theme by the way!)

    1. That is lovely of you to say so. I will have to update it as the printed titles total has just reached 35. The eBook versions are lagging behind 🙂 I have just attended a writer’s workshop as writing is a continuous learning curve. Just enjoy it!

  16. Hi Valerie

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my article. You helped me reach your blog which is perfect and will be an inspiration towards my future efforts.



  17. Thanks for visiting my blog at jacey666.wordpress.com – as you can see, its a total mish-mash of stuff – but all good fun to record and expand upon! Cheers!

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