are invited to local communities as
guest of honour at their celebrations.
Valerie has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2006,
most recently to :
Armidale in 2011
Narrandera in 2012
Bathurst in 2013
West Wyalong and Ungarie in 2014
Young in 2015
with Ramona Koval
with Rafael Epstein
and Danny Katz
about this fabulous book
to successful writing
Fellowship of Australian Writers, 2013
“Being an advocate for our genre is a challenge and a privilege,” Valerie says. “This award means a lot to me, showing I’ve achieved my aim of gaining acceptance and respect for romance novels as an important part of popular culture.”
Previous honourees include New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, Jennifer Blake, Ruth Glick writing as Rebecca York, Janelle Taylor, Bertrice Small, Catherine Coulter and Eileen Dreyer.
Valerie is not only a pioneer of the genre, but continues to write her best-selling books. Her latest novel, Birthright , a near-future romantic suspense, is available now from Corvallis Press USA.
Previously, members of Romance Writers of Australia voted her book, The Art of Romance Writing (Allen & Unwin) , now in its fourth edition, as the most useful writing guide.
Her books have sold over 29 million copies, and been translated into 26 languages.
Valerie presented a series of masterclasses for Writing Australia as part of a national tour in February-March 2013.
for Writing Australia 2013
The information you share is invaluable to us and at some time in the future I hope that we can get together for that weekend of writing with you that we were discussing - we will be finding information for this to come to fruition. I must admit that I am extremely interested in e-publishing - I found what you had to say on this subject very interesting.
Thanks again for a wonderful day.”
"Thank you for everything you shared with us and taught us on Sunday in Adelaide at the Master Editing Workshop. I haven't had as productive a writing day as today for a long time. (And I haven't even used the stress ball yet!)"
“Thanks for a great workshop yesterday, it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot!”