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Born and educated in New York City, Valerie Notarbartolo started her career writing articles
on cultural affairs for local newspapers and periodicals. Later, she worked as a contributing
Editor for a leading art newspaper where she met her late husband, artist, Albert Notarbartolo, Marchese di Villarosa.
Valerie obtained a B.A. at Fordham University and a M.S. at Columbia University. Her first
novel, The War Dames was inspired by two women she met while at Columbia who had
served in the Women’s Army Corp during World War ll. Their recollections of that era
encouraged her to write about women who made provocative choices to change their status quo.
Valerie states; “I’ve always believed in the concept of challenging oneself to be more than who
we think we are. I guess it all started when I was a child and saw women in the movies
depicted as resourceful and empowered characters that were atypical of the female stereotype”.
She presently lives in South Florida with her family where in addition to cooking and gardening,
she is forming an art foundation for her late husband and is writing her next novel about women
of the 1940’s.