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Madame Ambassador
Under the Ambassador program, high achieving and proud Australians
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
Lockhart NSW in 2016

remembering ...
a very special day

As many of you know by now, in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, I was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Not long ago, I was invited to Government House in Sydney to be presented with my award by His Excellency General The Honourable David John Hurley, Governor of New South Wales.

Throughout my career I have addressed 2,000 delegates at a Romance Writers of America National Congress, been interviewed on national television by everyone from Ray Martin to Kerry Anne Kennerley, and served as an Australia Day Ambassador for a decade. But when it came to the investiture, I was more nervous than I’ve ever been.

First you stand in front of the assembled VIPs and guests while an aide explains how wonderful you are, then you approach the governor who pins the medal on you. I have photos proving all this, but a total blank where His Excellency spoke to me and I responded. It was that kind of day.

During the investiture ceremony

We were blessed with glorious spring weather to enjoy the gardens after the presentation. And because this was the time when Queen Elizabeth became the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, we toasted her health, then those of us old enough to remember the words sang God Save the Queen.

The most common response I heard from other honorees, is that there are many people more worthy of such recognition. I certainly feel that way. At the same time I’m delighted that a key reason for the award was my being a role model and mentor to emerging writers.

Of all the aspects of my career giving me the most pleasure, mentoring other writers along their journey to publication stands out. While writing books remains the cornerstone of my work, sharing the journeys of new writers, not always publicly, gives me huge satisfaction.

Then there are the wonderful communities, large and small, where I’ve been privileged to serve as their Australia Day Ambassador. From giving the Australia Day address, participating in citizenship ceremonies and presenting community service awards, I’m blown away by how much these generous individuals and groups contribute to their communities. I’m also reminded how fortunate and thankful I am to be an Australian, especially at times like this.

Valerie Parv AM

Valerie and her guests, Linda Tate (left) and Margaret Lawrence (right) with His Excellency Governor David Hurley

 

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Valerie is a contributor to
UNLOCK THE
WRITER WITHIN
a 'go-to' guide
to successful writing
published by the
Fellowship of Australian Writers, 2013

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INTERVIEW AT THE ZOO

Hear Valerie talk about
Heart & Craft
on
THE BOOK SHOW
with Ramona Koval
and on
ABC CONVERSATIONS
with Rafael Epstein
and Danny Katz

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on the National Library website, Trove

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about this fabulous book

Romance is alive and well
Listen to Valerie on ABC Radio
discussing the "love-lorn bureaucrat"

4 star review
from
Romantic Times
for
WITH A LITTLE HELP

Valerie
is turning her attention to film

Established Writer in Residence
at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Centre, 2012

VALERIE PARV : FIRST AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR TO RECEIVE PIONEER OF ROMANCE AWARD

Recognising her contributions to the field of romance writing, the award was presented to Valerie by Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine at their annual Booklovers’ Convention in Los Angeles in April 2011, where Valerie also presented a workshop. The award honours authors who are seen as groundbreakers in the development of the romance novel and credits Valerie with “forging the way for romance” throughout her career.

“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 new sci-fi series is now available starting with Beacon Birthright published by the Momentum imprint of Pan Macmillan. Buy through Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.com.au as well as Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and iBooks.See home page and follow the links.

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.


FEEDBACK FROM VALERIE'S “POWER EDITING” MASTERCLASS TOUR for Writing Australia

“I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed our weekend with you at the Canberra Writers Centre.

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!”

How the Young Witness saw
Valerie's Writer-in-Residence day at Young Library

Photo by Maree Myhill



NATIONAL MEDAL AWARDED
TO VALERIE PARV

 
“The ASA Board awards the ASA Medal bi-annually to honour members of Australia’s writing community who have contributed significantly to our literary culture. Your contribution has been judged outstanding across the board, from the quality of your writing to your hard work in support of other authors, the principles of authorship and this organization itself.”

 
Angelo Loukakis, Executive Director
of the Australian Society of Authors,
after presenting Valerie Parv with the ASA Medal 2014

"This is one award that has to be earned" – Angelo Loukakis

In accepting the ASA Medal, Valerie said:

As one whose first books were chiselled on cave walls, I am honoured to be given this award and would also like to congratulate my fellow honoree for 2014, Nadia Wheatley.

My first published book, Growing and Using Herbs (Ure Smith), caused little fanfare in my family, not being a blockbuster or even a novel.

It took joining the Australian Society of Authors to make me realise I’d done something that mattered, I’d written a book and had it published, the first of more than eighty novels and non-fiction titles. I’m proud to be that rare breed, a writer supporting myself through my writing since my twenties.

In the Australian Society of Authors, I had great mentors, not only in matters of craft but also in the importance of giving back to a profession that has been so good to me.

As well as the ASA executive and membership, I’d like to thank my agent of twenty years, Linda Tate. She not only has my back, but my front and the top of my head as well, even if I’m still waiting for that body double I asked for.

Receiving such an important award decided by your peers has to be as good as it gets. Thank you so much.”