Interview: Valerie J. Clarizio

Welcome to Valerie J. Clarizio, author of Unforeseen Obsessions, a romantic suspense that was released on May 15 by Whiskey Creek Press. She is also the author of the Nick Spinelli Mystery series. Two books are currently published in that series, Covert Exposure and Craving Vengeance with a third book in the series, Crazed Reckoning scheduled for release early next year. Unforeseen Obsessions is the third book she has published and she has another book scheduled for release in August. She is also working on three other books.

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels. She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin in the same town she grew up in with her husband and one very spoiled cat. She thought about leaving a few times but could never bring herself to do it. She loves to read, write, and hunt and fish with her husband. They enjoy spending time at their cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the winter months, they snowmobile and watch a lot of movies. She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

“I grew up in a small town in northeast Wisconsin, and never left. I thought about leaving a few times but could never bring myself to do it. The remote area provides the perfect landscape for those who enjoy outdoor activities. My favorite place to read is in my deer hunting blind. Thank goodness for the Kindle,” she told me with a smile. “I get more reading done than hunting.”

When she was growing up, she didn’t want to be a writer. In fact, she didn’t read for pleasure until about six years ago.

“For a long time I wanted to be a roller derby girl. I saw an episode of Laverne and Shirley where they were in a roller derby and it looked kind of fun so I tried skating but that didn’t work out so well for me so I became an accountant instead,” she explained.

For most of here adult life, Valerie held a full-time and part-time job while she attended college classes at night. When she finally graduated with a Master’s degree she suddenly found she had all this free time at night and didn’t know what to do with herself.

“A friend of mine handed me a Janet Evanovich book and urged me to read it. After declining her because the last thing I wanted to do, after all those years of school, was read anything, she urged me again to give reading a shot,” she said. “Well, after reading that book I logged over 50 books read in that first year after graduation. I just love Evonovich’s Stephanie Plum series. For those of you who are familiar with the series I’m a Morelli girl all the way!”

“What is something that you absolutely can’t live without?” I asked. “Other than family members.”

“Oddly, cheese, I couldn’t live without cheese. Did you expect any other answer from a person from the ‘Dairy’ state? There’s nothing better than big ole slab of 25 year aged cheddar. Chocolate is a close second, but cheddar’s better.”

“What is the most embarrassing thing your mother ever did to you?”

“She dressed me in these awful red, white, and blue striped bell bottom jeans. She loved those jeans and I couldn’t have hated them more. The thought of them still gives me nightmares. Not long ago I was sorting old photos and came across one of me in those pants. Ick!”

Turning to writing, I asked, “Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?”

“I do get writers block and sometimes I simply have to step away from the project for a bit. Usually what happens, is the fix occurs to me out of the blue, most times while I’m sleeping. Yep, you read correctly, I’ll dream up some crazy resolution to the scene that caused the writer’s block.”

Valerie is a panster all the way. She told me that she starts off headed in one direction, but as she types her characters tend to tell her where she’s going to go. She admits that sometimes they are even quite ruthless about it.

She told me her friends usually end up titling her books.

“For some strange reason, I find it easier to write a book than to name one,” she explained.

The hardest part about writing for Valerie is actually finding time to write.

“My darn day job keeps getting in the way,” she said with a smie. “Usually I write for about sixty to ninety minutes in the morning before I go to work and then I write on the weekends when I can.”

Finally, I asked, “What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”

“The best advice I can give a new writer is to join RWA and your local writers group so you can network with other writers and learn the industry and craft. Most importantly through this networking, hopefully you will be able to find a honest and dedicated critique partner who is genuinely interested in helping you on your road to success.”

7_2 Unforeseencover-3After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice. Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.

Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.

The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted. Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced? While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?

About the Author: 7_2 Clarizio Photo (1)Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels. She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and one very spoiled cat. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

Website/Blog: http://valclarizio.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio

Twitter: @VClarizio

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