Valerie Brook

writer & photographer

“One of the best and most powerful new writers appearing on the scene.” —Pulphouse Fiction Magazine

When I was a little girl my parent’s television blew out one night in the 1970s just as the news broadcast ended. For some mysterious and fateful reason, they never fixed it. Not for five years. And during those five years my mother read to me nearly every night; filling my head with distant lands, magical creatures, and heroic courage. This seeded my dream to be a writer.

Discover powerful fiction

As a survivor of extreme abuse, I write fiction from the depths of my own experiences, the darker shadows of life. Yet my characters still find a powerful light to shine no matter the challenge they face.

The World Through My Lens

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”— Irving Penn

I can remember as a child when my mom gave me my first film camera, a Kodak, if I recall correctly. It was flat and rectangular. It was awesome like from outer space. It had a big blue button and was a point and shoot. It had been hers, and now it was mine. I felt big and grown up. My future whispered—the sense that photography was a big part of my life—indelible.

Even though I shoot digital now, the excitement to get home and “develop” my photos is just as visceral. It’s an electric thrill, wondering if I captured what I wanted to say when I originally took the shot, or if I got anything worthy at all.

Out of a hundred photos, I may only like a handful some days. And love only one. I shoot because I want to communicate with people, I want to share what I see, I want to connect.

A Look Inside my writing life

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”—Mark Twain

Right. So we all know that old saying, that truth is stranger than fiction? It’s really true. At least from my own life experiences of extreme abuse. And so, I write fiction. I write from my soul, trying to turn both extraordinary love and anguish and nightmare situations into exciting stories that testify to the deeper truths of what I have witnessed. Truth that is seldom spoken; because the testimony is hard to speak, and harder still to find those few who might listen. 

It is said that our heart is our first teacher.

Then let the power of story inspire our hearts, fire up our imagination, and blaze new paths toward spiritual healing. Storytelling is not just entertainment, it can be a medicine— story can inspire and lead, story can empower and change lives. It changed mine.

The Oniah trilogy

Welcome to the world of modern mind control, where children are tortured to evoke latent abilities beyond the average population and trained to become undetectable super spies—secret servants of an international elite known only as The Order. Caught up in a massive criminal enterprise intent on world rule, it takes a special courage to resist the scariest and most powerful people on earth.

Holding oniah

book one

oceans in oniah

book two

The Flipside

short stories

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