Valerie's Writer Blog

My Inspiration and Muse

For those of you who don't know me well or weren't around when I began writing my novel, Vaults of Heaven, I'd like to introduce you to my inspiration and muse.  Please click on the link above and you'll be able to see what kept me inspired and motivated during my writing process.  

Music has always been a source of comfort and inspiration for me, so it seems only natural that while writing, I would frequently watch and/or listen to this song as I worked out scenes and plot lines in my head. 

I hope you enjoy listening and would love to hear what you think!

Thanks again for checking out my Writer's Blog!

Next up...the new cover design of "Vaults of Heaven!"

Until then...







Welcome to my Writer's Blog and thanks for checking it out.  Here you will be kept up to date on the progress of my writing, when my first novel will be epublished, how much progress I am making on my next novel as well as those to follow.

Please bear with me as I learn how to navigate through this site to make it as informative and fun as I can!

I would love you all to take a look at the first chapter or two of my book and let me know what you think.  Hey, if romance isn't your thing, that's okay.  But I hope you'll take a look anyway.

Before we get to the sneak peak of my first novel, Vaults of Heaven, let me tell you a little bit about me and my writing.

Some of you may have known me for years, maybe we grew up together as kids.  Some of you may have met me in my teen years in high school or in drama.  Maybe we met a few years after that in community theatre or maybe we met more recently.  You may know me a Val, Valerie or Miss Valerie.  Whatever the case, I bet most of you have no idea that I have a deep-seeded creativity and have to let it out in some capacity, whether it be up on the stage, in the classroom with arts and crafts or on the page, or computer screen in this day and age.  I've always had a yearning to tell a story, make up a character or portray a character.  I am an incurable romantic!  I love a good love story with a little bit of angst and a whole lotta drama thrown in for good measure!

I remember being a child of around 8, reading a children's book and wanting so badly to do that, but just not knowing where to begin.  Later, in high school, I remember loving to write about nature or create a script to act out.  I remember a few English teacher's praising a writing project I had done and wanting me for the school newspaper.  I graciously declined, my lack of faith in my ability and extreme shyness kept me from participating.  A few years later, I got the idea to write a historical novel which took place in the 1940's.  After showing it to my aunt and having her very innocently comment on my misuse of a word, I once again lost my self confidence and shelved my desire to write. 


It wasn't until a major life change in 2003 did I begin to write again.  And it came about as a rather silly endeaver, joking around with some friends online. 

The desire sparked again. 


I am heavily inspired by music and all things theatrical...yes, I have a penchant for drama!  So with music and theatre as my muses "Vaults of Heaven" emerged six months later.  I joined several writer's groups, attended retreats and workshops all in the hopes that my novel would fall into the hands of a waiting agent, but that only happens in those great old musicals.  Finding an agent is extremely difficult.  So, I tucked "Vaults of Heaven" away into the recesses of my computer and went on with daily life.  All the while having that tiny spark of hope that someday my words, the world I created, the people who were born of my imagination whom I have come to consider friends, would be set forth into the literary world.

Recently, a friend introduced me to the world of independent authors.  With a few clicks of the mouse, one can have their book out there in cyberspace being read by people who would otherwise never get to read their work. In a way, it's a form of self publishing, and from all I've read, it's the up and coming thing.  Even J.K. Rowling may go the route of independent author so a few articles have said. Kindle and the Nook have made it very easy for independent authors to get their work seen.


So there you have it, that's my writer's story.  I certainly am not the next J.K. Rowling, but after this weekend's box office report, wouldn't that be nice?!!  LOL And I am by no means comparable to Nora Roberts, but to be able to share my stories with a few people, help them escape to another world and possibly make them forget about their troubles for just a moment would be wonderful to accomplish.  Perhaps after reading this, I have piqued your interest just a little bit and that you might visit this site frequently for updates and little snipets of the book(s) that I plan to epublish.  I welcome your feedback, as well!


Thanks for visiting...hope you come back soon!




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