Bio: Valerie Comer's life on a small farm in western
Canada provides the seed for
stories of contemporary inspirational romance. She only hopes her creations
enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her
husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters. Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a
two-time Word Award winner.
Welcome back, Valerie. Why did you become an author?
Because the thought of writing out my hallucinations and getting paid to share them with the world was too great to resist! Seriously, though, there are so many stories floating around in my brain, and they need a way out. I’m thankful that God has given me this opportunity.
I know what you mean. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
I once thought I’d like to be an architect and design eco-friendly houses. I now design houses and turn (imaginary) people loose in them without spending a fortune on the college degree … and with no worries about the structures holding up under the snow load or gale-force winds.
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Honestly? I’d take right now. I’m grateful to live in a time period where glasses and computers have been invented. Command-plus is my friend. Not that many years ago, someone with my vision problems would have been functionally blind. I have so much to be thankful for.
What place in the
have you not visited that you would like to? United States
I’m a Canadian, so I’m not sure how to answer this question! Have you seen that meme going around Facebook where it asks Americans how many states they have visited and says the average is eight? Personally, I’ve visited 23
states. I’d like to experience the New England states someday, as well as their
Canadian neighbors, the Atlantic
At least, I’m above average with 17, and I’d love to visit
, too. How about a foreign
country you hope to visit? Canada
My husband and I are planning a month-long trip to the
in 3-4 years. I believe those of us who live in western North America tend not
to have a deep feeling of history, as everything happened quite recently in the
grand scheme of things. I want to experience the depth of that history in England and Wales.
My ancestors came from
Norway, Sweden, Ireland,
and Germany, so I’d love to
visit Europe, but my strongest desire is to visit . What lesson has the Lord
taught you recently? Australia
My human mind keeps lapsing back into, “Look at this fun story that I wrote! God is blessing it.” And God keeps reminding that I don’t write ‘for’ Him and hope He will bless it, like some heavenly Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Instead, writing is an act of worship and dependence on Him, and I need to ask Him daily to tell His stories through my fingertips … the stories He knows the readers He’s brought me need to hear.
I learned to look at my books that way, too. That’s why when a publisher doesn’t contract my proposal, I know it’s because it wouldn’t reach the readers He wants it to. Tell us about the featured book.
When is a box set not a box set? When it’s the gateway to a shared world where six authors are launching brand new contemporary romance series! Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley takes place in a fictional
Idaho community where a
foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. It’s a collection of six
novellas, one each by Mary Jane Hathaway, Elizabeth Maddrey, Lee Tobin McClain,
Danica Favorite, Annalisa Daughety, and me (Valerie Comer). Each novella is the
prequel to a three-book series. An Arcadia Valley Romance will release each
month for the next year and a half!
That’s great. I’d love to feature each of them. Please give us the first page of the book.
My novella in Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley, Sow in Love, kicks off my Garden Grown Romance series. Here is its description:Real estate consultant Joanna Kraus’s ideas for fulfilling a living trust are shot down by the elderly man’s grandson. In fact, it seems like sending her back to the drawing board is his primary joy. How can a vintage 1960s house and two greenhouses generate income for the church in receipt of the trust?
The more Grady Akers gets to know Joanna, the more he finds himself hoping it takes a long time to find a solution, but his charm may be no match for the armor wrapped around Joanna’s heart. Will the perfect solution for the property be perfect to grow a love that’s just been sown?
Here’s the first page:
“No, I don’t think so.”
Joanna Kraus pressed both hands on the boardroom table and stared at the infuriating man at the other end. “No? And why not?”
“I don’t think that’s what my grandfather has in mind.”
Why didn’t the elderly Mr. Akers come and speak to the committee himself? He was only old, not dead. He didn’t always make sense, they said, but the message had to be clearer than coming through a third party. Warning bells rang. Hadn’t Pierce used his dad’s name to stall the deal she’d put together for him?
She lifted her chin and met Grady Akers’ dazzling blue eyes. “Why don’t you explain what your grandfather wants instead of making me guess?” This proposal wasn’t going to fall through like this. Not on her watch. Not again.
Early spring sunshine angled in through the tall, narrow windows of the Grace Fellowship board room. Flames flickered in the gas fireplace. The other three committee members’ heads swung back and forth as though watching a tennis match.
“Ms. Kraus.” Grady flashed a winsome smile. “As I mentioned in my initial request, he wants the property to be used for something that benefits the church and the community. While bulldozing the structures and building a row of townhomes for low-income housing would definitely assist those who live in them, Granddad would prefer an option that is of lower cost and wider benefit.”
Of course, the Akers family dangled the carrot of additional funding in front of Grace Fellowship. No one could blame Joanna for thinking big. All she needed was one or two solid, completed deals in her CV to set her consulting company on the right track again. This deal for her brother’s church — and hers, since she’d moved — should have been a slam-dunk.
I’m eager to see what happens next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Valerie, for introducing us to your book and the boxed set.
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