Meet Val

Meet Val 2021-02-18T09:40:10+00:00


I was three years old when I learned to read and I’ve been reading ever since. Writing took slightly longer. As a young kid I wrote long, rambling stories, but I stopped abruptly around the age of ten. By then I was old enough to realise my writing wasn’t at the same standard as the authors I loved. My ten-year-old brain decided that if I couldn’t write perfectly, I wouldn’t write at all.

It was always my intention to return to writing but, somehow, life got in the way. Then the Irish economy crashed and, shortly afterwards, I was made redundant. I should have been terrified to be out of work at a time of huge unemployment but I realised this was my chance to do something different. I grabbed the opportunity to develop my writing skills and GIRL TARGETED was the eventual result. My second book, ONLY LIES REMAIN, was released in February 2020 and became a No. 1 international bestseller. THE SILENT SPEAK is my newest book and it will be released in February 2021.

Aoife Walsh is the heroine of all my books. Aoife lives in Ireland, where I have lived all my life. She also has a similar work history. In GIRL TARGETED she works in a HR office and in ONLY LIES REMAIN she’s a secretary. I wish I could have brought first-hand knowledge to Aoife’s crime investigations. However, I did the next best thing. I contacted a friend who works for the Irish police force. He provided me with great advice and told me how the police would react in different circumstances.

I really loved writing GIRL TARGETED, ONLY LIES REMAIN and THE SILENT SPEAK. I hope you enjoy reading them. I’m always thrilled to hear from readers so please click on the ‘contact me’ button if you would like to get in touch.