writer, gamer, candidate for ruler of westeros but doesn’t brag about it

Hello! I’m Valerie (Val for casual days, Valerie for fancy days). I left the glories of sunny Southern California in search of adventure in Manhattan, where I’m a public relations director in the video games industry. I graduated magna cum laude from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in ’13, and my time there fueled an endless passion for all forms of storytelling, from film, video games, and of course, writing.

I’m currently working on a YA light fantasy adventure novel featuring a bad ass girl in need of a couple swords (and a hug, but don’t tell her that). I adore this story and cannot wait to share more about it later on!

When I’m not writing, you can find me playing video games (fictional worlds are my happy place), crying over a book (these characters DESERVE to be HAPPY!), or exploring a new city in search of adventure. You can catch me most on Twitter, Instagram, or my bookstagram!

A few things I love:
Books: Six of Crows, The Wicked King, One of Us is Lying, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Kingdom, The Shadows Between Us
Video games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing, Halo 3, Fallout, Uncharted 4
Television: Stranger Things, Great British Bake Off, Doctor Who (Tennant & Smith forever), Dark, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, PLL (shamelessly)
Movies: The Matrix, The Mummy, Ever After, Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley version, YES), Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jumanji