Featured on Intriguing Reads By: Valerie on March 5, 2013
Growing up, I lived on a farm with cattle and horses (and one pet pig) surrounded by an expansive orange grove (my Pops still grows the best citrus you’ll ever taste). When I wasn’t exploring the great outdoors, then I was most likely writing songs. My sister and I would sing them, and even choreograph dances for them. Eventually, I learned that I wasn’t blessed with a singing voice :-).
That’s when a lot of my writing shifted to poetry, and it also took a very personal turn. Most of my pieces became outlets for me to vent about school, friends, parent’s issues, and most of all…guys. But it still wasn’t enough to satiate my creativity. That’s when I played around with some short stories and plays—I really wish I still had those laying around!—and discovered a whole new passion: writing fiction.
While taking grammar and writing classes in college, I also worked at a real estate company as an assistant. I was encouraged to get my license to be an agent, and once I did, business started booming. I teamed up with Lorraine Barrett (one of the top agents in Southwest Orlando) and together we closed hundreds of deals and millions in sales volume. Fast forward 13 years, the housing market isn’t doing so great, and most contracts are with banks i.e.: short sales and foreclosures. In an effort to put it nicely, I majorly disliked working with the banks. My stress levels were through the roof. Eventually my amazing husband told me to “just walk away from it” and that’s exactly what I did.
So I’m a full time writer now (have been for a little over two years), and I have three novels published (Crimson Groves, Unguarded, and my newest release Crimson Flames) with two more in the works. I also published a collaboration of some of my favorite poems and songs, Life Through Poetry, under my maiden name.
I’m also blessed with a loving and supportive husband, Baron, who I couldn’t explore my dreams of writing without, and I’m a very proud step mom to my amazing seven-year-old son, Cayman, who seems to get more and more energy every day. I love animals, and my 3 fury children are Isis (white lab), Gage (English bulldog pup), and Phoebe (Himalayan kitty). I’m also obsessed with making my own almond milk cappuccinos with my Nespresso machine, and I am a major “Wino” preferring medium to full-bodied reds from the Napa Valley region.