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Valerie Van Clieaf

Country: Canada
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I 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.


The next book in the Alex Desocarras series will be published October 2018.
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