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Valerie Patterson is going to be the author for whom I can say "I knew her when." It is hard to believe that it's been almost ten years since I met Val in a leadership class our respective employers sent us to. Even then, Val talked about writing for children "some day."

Well, that day has come! Val's debut novel The Other Side of Blue was published in late 2009. All I can say is "Wow!"

Valerie has an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University (2008). While at Hollins, Val twice received the Shirley Henn Award for Creative Scholarship. She has also received a Work-in-Progress grant from the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators (SCBWI). In addition to SCBWI, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Women’s National Book Association, and the Authors Guild.

When she isn't writing or teaching, Val practices law as a government attorney. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband.

Image credit: Ann Lord.

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