-- When I was seven years old I announced that I was going to become "an author"; a childhood filled with severe childhood mental, emotional, physical and spiritual abuse had me searching for answers that I found in books. Books gave me a solid foundation, a sense of my own divinity, belonging and purpose. I learned rare courage, confidence, self-esteem, and had a place that was my own. I will forever be grateful and I write with the sense of being able to give that to one child. Even if just one.
And yet, there was an even deeper cause for my decision: viscerally, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally I knew, I KNEW that there were children going through worse than I did. Far, far worse. And so, I decided to write about some of them, giving them all their own happy ending. Because in doing so, I gave myself mine.
I am an impatient person, so after a dream of a device like the Kindle 2004 ( though I wouldn't have named it that)-- when Katz came out with the Kindle, and a platform for it on Amazon, I couldn't wait to jump in.
I became a publisher, a writer AND a CEO. And there you have it. Writing is, and always has been, my dream. My range and output has been prolific, yet there is so much more that I can do. When I am writing and in flow I feel suspended, bathed, immersed in pure love. And there is no better feeling...
"I am, therefore I write." There's always a book in progress on the back burner somewhere; sometimes several...I enjoy that.
*Pseudonyms: Jasper Ace (The Raising Hell Series; Valhalla DeDieu (Poetry); Valkyrie/Valkyria "Grimlight" DeDieu ( All YA novels); Xema Gold...Aija Athene...
REVIEWS FOR VALDA DE DIEU'S NOVELS ON AMAZON:
"I have started reading Bloodpact and wow that is a tough opening chapter.
Heartbreaking! I also see what you mean about "sensual". The scene of Cliff and Laird in the Caribbean creates quite a visual in the reader's brain. I look forward to seeing how Laird and Cliff deal with their situation, and what becomes of Father Minkelbrink." SEAN, INKWATER PRESS.
BOGDAN BILYK: "Valda De Dieu is a writer of the highest caliber of writing she grabs you by your shirt lapels and drags you in. A reader does not just "read" her books she makes you experience the tales as if you were somehow personally involved and experiencing all the pleasure, pains, dangers and elation for yourself. For a writer to get a reader so involved that they become the hero or heroine themselves is a mark of a great. You live and experience on an intimate and personal level and that is the mark of high level and enjoyable literature. Bravo, Valda and may you write dozens and dozens more of your captivating and immersive tales to give us an understanding, an experience we would not have
otherwise." Bogdan Bilyk, Screenwriter: TROPICS OF PARADISE.
A FINE THING MURDER Genre: Thriller The last thing a Miami PI needs is to run afoul of a rogue Black Ops operative who has plans for her -- deadly plans.
SHAN SUTHERLAND: "Excellent! I thought it read very masculine, ie: straight to the point. The daily events make her real and approachable. Your audience may be bigger than just women who like stories about women a good basis for a screenplay." SHAN SUTHERLAND
OAK TREE PRESS: "Words well-chosen and descriptions and metaphors are extremely well done." OAK TREE PRESS
BLOODPACT Genre: Suspense
BLOODPACT: When the system fails to punish the man who kidnapped and murdered her only child, Laird takes matters into her own hands -- and gets away with it, because Laird and only one other person
knows the true meaning of a Bloodpact.
PHAEDRIA ST.HILAIRE (Inspiration for "Best Friend" heroine in BLOODPACT) "simply got swept up in the story and could not stop reading." PHAEDRIA
TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL TODAY Genre: Suspense For twenty years she has been in hiding -- now she emerges to reclaim her life -- and inheritance, even if she has to kill her own brother to do so.
SHADOWMASTER CHRONICLES Genre: Fantasy/Thriller (Young Adult) Growing up in 21st Century Coconut Grove, Eamon finds that he is the most recent of a long line of the ShadowMasters; those who stand in the breach -- because where light and dark meet is where the battles are won, or lost, in the never-ending struggle of good against evil.
"I also read The ShadowMaster Chronicles: Book One Quest for the World, and I like what I've read ... I like how (the author's) brain works loop holes between reality and the unknown (or theorized) world good strong beginning." Sean, INKWATER PRESS
RAYNE HAWKE: THE KILLING FIELDS: DUSK 'TIL SUNRISE Genre: Fantasy A prominent Miami Attorney travels through time to right the wrongs of history, and often does so with grave consequences to, and sometimes, to the detriment of, her caseload, reputation, and personal relationships.
"It is very original and well thought through. I love the science fiction/spiritual fantasy of the Seeker abilities to bend time. Meshing science theory with religious history/ideology was a cool and unique idea. character development was extensive, and I think necessary given that Rayne will be the protagonist in a series of books. Rayne sounds like an incredibly tough and intelligent woman with a lot of social savvy that helps her in both her time-bending assignments and her legal profession.
I must admit she had me consulting my dictionary a few times to brush up on my vocabulary do a very good job introducing the reader to new characters throughout the novel, showing their attributes and flaws, making them feel very real. And finally the plot development was solid and gives a good framework for future novels." Sean, INKWATER PRESS
LONG PAST DEAD Genre: Suspense How do you capture what you never had? A young girl with no memory of her family escapes the brothel where she was held as a child prostitute, and finds herself on the run: at odds with the system, the law, and the people she managed to get away from -- who will do anything to get her back.
"Superb & Heartrending." ECKHARD BLEY, Reader
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