Born a musician, Valerie studied classical piano for seventeen years, graduated with a degree in Music, French and Education in 1969 from Cornell College, IA. She produced her first album that year although she started to perform her original songs professionally in 1964. She continued to perform her music professionally throughout her teaching years.
She has composed hundreds of songs, and joined ASCAP in 1987. She founded VALPRO Studios in the early 1990's and produced several albums in that decade. She has produced several more albums since moving to Tennessee. Her Broadway-style musical FEARLESS! The Golden Love Musical will be staged in 2016. Visit the FEARLESS! website below to hear the 23 songs and read about the story.
Valerie is a member of the Nashville Composers Association, Nashville Women in Film & Television, and the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce.
In 2003, she founded Nightengale Press which is now Nightengale Media LLC. Nightengale Media publishes authors from all over the world; authors receive editing, one-on-one book development, marketing opportunities and training, industry connectivity, and website options. Authors receive the highest royalties at 100% for ROI, 70% for direct sales and 50% for web sales.
As if that is not enough, Valerie is currently writing a third mystery novel, NO TOMORROW, for publication in 2016 to join her other two mystery-thrillers, Sacred Night (2003) and Sidetracks (2004), as well as her publishing advice book for new authors, Calling All Authors --- How To Publish With Your Eyes Wide Open (2007), Arthur, The Christmas Elf (2006) and The ART of Grandparenting (2009) and Goosh Gosh from the Lilac Kitchen (2013). Available at all online bookstores and on the iPAD, Kindle, Kobo, and over 60 other global tablet channels.
Unique traits: Fluent in French Lived/Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa Extensive travel in Europe and the USA
Theater by Nightengale Media Composer, Playwright, Music Director
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA)