Valerie Van ClieafCountry: Canada
BiographyI am the debut author of End of Innocence. British Columbia has been my home for many years. I’ve been an outreach worker, a carpenter’s helper, a cook, a waiter and a bartender. I confess to being a terrible short order cook, but I did love bar-tending. Teaching first aid part-time was a job that kept me awake many nights. I once taught first aid, tended bar and worked on-call as a secretary, all during the same winter. I’ve worked in more offices than I can remember and on a few factory floors including a fish factory and a packaging facility for saran wrap. The second job ended when I stuck my hand in a pot of hot glue near the end of the third shift. Fortunately, I had the first aid training which I quickly put to good use!
Music has always been one of my passions. I returned to university to study music and music composition. During my study years, I worked at Octopus Books in Vancouver, a splendid place for a lover of words - but most weeks I was book rich with not quite money enough left for groceries! For 20 years, composing, arranging and teaching music was my life. A life filled with music is a wonderful life, but there was something else I loved just as much and that was writing.
End of Innocence is the first book in a new mystery series featuring Sgt. Alex Desocarras, an Indigenous RCMP detective stationed in 100 Mile House, a town in the beautiful and rugged South Cariboo region of BC. The second book in the series will be published in October, 2018.