Valerie Green, 2021
2005. Hallmark Society “Communication Award”
1999. Honorable Mention in B.C. Writers’ “Literary Writes” Short Fiction
1980. In top 10 in Canada Magazine contest to compose poem on “The Closing of the 1970s”
Valerie Green’s love of history and writing about the past and travel began when she was a child in England. After graduating from journalism school in London, she worked as a cub reporter on a local newspaper. She also worked briefly at Foyles Bookstore in London and at the War Office (MI5) before becoming a legal secretary. Freelance writing was not very lucrative!
In 1968, she moved to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and met her future husband. After marrying in England, they returned to Canada and raised a son and a daughter together. Valerie continued to pursue a career as a freelance writer, columnist, and author of over 20 historical nonfiction books set in the Pacific Northwest.
She also branched out into true crime books, including one set in Colorado: Gamblers, Gunmen and Good-Time Gals. Her most famous true crime book is Vanished: The Michael Dunahee Story, the tragic story of a child abduction that occurred in Victoria in 1991 and still remains unsolved.
She has also written one audio fiction (mystery-suspense) story, one ghostwritten book about caring for a handicapped child, and a caregiver’s story, Embrace the Journey, to help those taking care of family members at home. In addition, she has edited many books, including Mental Aerobics by Nancy Lewthwaite, now widely used in medical circles.
Valerie belongs to the Professional Writers of Canada, the Federation of BC Writers, and the Writers’ Union of Canada and is a past director on the board of the Saanich Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee, the Saanich Heritage Foundation, and the Saanich Legacy Foundation.
Passionate about heritage and heritage homes, Valerie wrote two books devoted to Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island heritage houses: If These Walls Could Talk and If More Walls Could Talk. The recently released Dunmora: The Story of a Heritage Manor House on Vancouver Island continues this theme.
Her lifelong dream of writing a definitive historical novel set in British Columbia comes to fruition in her debut novel Providence, part one in the McBride Chronicles series, to be published soon. Destiny, the second in the series, will follow later.
Today, in semi-retirement, Valerie still lives in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. She and her husband enjoy making short road trips around the province and watching their two beloved grandsons grow up.