Valerie graduated with honors and a food science degree from California State University, Long Beach. While studying chemistry she began penning her first novel and from there became interested in the publishing industry. After completing two internships with two different agencies, she became an associate agent with Donaghy Literary Group, eventually moving up to senior agent.
Valerie loves science fiction that explores what the world might look like tomorrow as in Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher.
She also loves fantasy that mixes with the real world or is non-euro centric like the forthcoming Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (Harper Voyager).
Valerie loves novels utilizing epistolary elements as in Devolution by Max Brooks, Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
While Valerie is always looking for diversity in her projects she is generally not drawn to big issue books, but rather the everyday struggles and joys of family, culture, and coming of age. Stories featuring sibling dynamics, anti-heroes, and a bit of romance in any form are always welcome.
In general, Valerie is not a fan of time travel stories, superheroes, books set during World War II or the Civil War, or stories where dreams play a starring role.
Valerie's client list includes: Pamala Brondos, Emily B. Martin, Erin Beaty, Serra Swift, Janice Fosse, David G. Brown, Jackie Khalilieh, Rachel Menard, Ben Chadwick, Thuy Nguyen, Shane Dix and Tania Walker.
Valerie is seeking Young Adult, and Adult in the following areas:
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