About Valerie

Currently, Valerie is writing the screen adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone which has been optioned by talented actress, producer and director, Phylicia Rashad. Valerie is also polishing her television pilot script Avalon, U.S.A. including the eBook prequel Crossroads. Part one in her series of “tween” novels: Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne is also being edited.

In 2010, Valerie edited The Medicine of Prayer a memoir and collected talks of Litefoot, Native American rap artist, motivational speaker and entrepreneur.  The book was published in November 2010.

Also in publication is a collection of audition pieces, Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues), which is published by Samuel French, Inc.

Valerie began her career in entertainment when she was accepted into the ABC/ Disney Studios Fellowship program based on the screen adaptation of one of her stage plays. During her year at Disney, Valerie completed her fourth screenplay, which led to an eleven-year career as a network and cable television writer and producer.  Her television career began with writing on three shows for CBS: one-hour drama series, Under One Roof, Touched by an Angel and Promised Land.

Valerie then moved over to cable and became a Co-Executive Producer/Writer on the drama series, Any Day Now on the Lifetime Network. Her episode “Family is Family” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.  She was Consulting Producer on the final season of Soul Food on Showtime Network.

Independently, Valerie wrote and directed the short film, The Last Wash, the documentary feature Road to 211, which chronicles the journey of Litefoot, a Native American actor, rapper, and motivational speaker and the Reach the Rez crew to 211 Indian communities.  In development: two documentary shorts Facing the Rising Sun – A biography of Ericka Huggins and TAPestry – A look at an LA teen tap dancing ensemble.