Thank you, Valerie, for sharing
your story with us.
My Writing Journey:
Thank you for hosting me, Kathy.
Authors are often asked about
their writing journey. You have probably read many posts on this subject,
however, my journey did not start off on a positive note.
I grew up in the former British
Colony of Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe in Central Africa. We followed the
British educational system, and many of our teachers were from England.
Although I believe we received an excellent education, some of the teachers
were straitlaced and well, cold. I distinctly remember the teacher we had for 7th
grade English. After we wrote our essays, she’d have us stand in front of the
class and read them out loud. Then, she would critique our work and allow
students to add their pros or cons.
At the time, I didn’t know that
I had OCD tendencies. I followed instructions to the letter. I had no
imagination outside of the assignment. My math work was immaculate, not always
correct, but all my columns of numbers lined up perfectly.
The essay topic for this class
assignment was to write about things we collected, for instance coins from
foreign counties. My older brother had just left home and had given me his
stamp collection. As you might imagine, the tiny square or rectangular stamps
lined up next to each other on their special pages indulged my OCDness. Well,
whoop-de-doo. I had something to write about. So I planned my essay, and began
Mrs. Teacher—I remember what she
looked like, but not her name—walked around the room and commented on what kids
had written. One student received flowery compliments because she chose to
write about two of her collections. I could do that. I collected many things
that caught my OCD eye, items that met my desire for symmetry, or variations in
color or size.
I completed my essay on my stamp
collection, then added a few paragraphs about how I collected buttons and liked
to sort them into colors, then line them up on the parquet flooring in my
bedroom. I so wanted to receive compliments and couldn’t wait for Mrs. Teacher
to hear my composition.
I have no idea what she said
about my stamp collection because all I remember are her harsh words about how
silly it was for a thirteen-year-old to be playing with buttons!
As you can imagine, creative
writing was not high on my list after that. In fact, I hated writing and
dreaded every writing assignment that came my way, even in University. I only
began to open up to putting words on paper when I was in my forties.
The first novels I wrote were
soundly rejected, but I kept on writing and attended as many workshops as I
could. I also joined American Christian Fiction Writers, probably my best
writing related decision.
Fast forward to the present. My
sixth novel released the end of July. Justice
at Dawn is the third story in my Stolen Lives Trilogy. An International
Retrieval Organization (IRO) agent in the first novel, Weep in the Night, is highlighted in the second, and an agent in Day of Reckoning is highlighted in the
third. Each book features a standalone story. I always knew I wanted to tell
Cooper’s story after his brief appearance in the second novel. Why was he
single? How did he get his scar? What contributed to him being one-track minded
in his work?
Cooper Callahan has been an
International Retrieval Organization operative for fifteen years. In all that
time he has never worked with a trainee like Kitty Claire Briggs. Overflowing
with energy, KC isn’t quiet long enough for him to think. But when the boss
assigns them a training mission to follow Sadie, his wife, KC’s serious side
Sure, former stunt double, KC,
wants to be an agent, but she also has an ulterior motive to be accepted by
IRO—she wants access to their superior technology. Can she locate her quarry
without Cooper finding out?
As Cooper shares the finer
points of surveillance with KC, his waning faith is strengthened by her
enthusiasm for the Lord and for the job. When the training exercise turns into
a real abduction, will KC’s naiveté lead to death or to a successful conclusion
to the case?
American Christian Fiction
Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides on the beautiful
Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
After serving as missionaries in
her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved
to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on
students with special needs. Now retired in Washington, Valerie spends her time
writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Valerie writes romantic suspense
novels, and her tag line is: Stories of Passion and Intrigue. Her novels
include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; The Stolen Lives
Trilogy, Weep in the Night; Day of Reckoning; and Justice at Dawn. Set in Australia, Forever Under Blue Skies, is now
available from Amazon.
Valerie loves to hear from her
Check Valerie’s website to learn more about her books: www.valeriegoreeauthor.com
Available from the publisher,
Harbourlight, an imprint of Pelican Book Group:
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