Val Ross

Biography

Val Ross is a lifelong dreamer and procrastinator. By now, she should have written at least five books in the Veridurum Series, but four of them are still fighting for attention inside her head. She does write an intermittent blog, facebook updates, occasional letters to the local paper and shopping lists; these rare manuscripts will no doubt be worth a fortune one day.

A former Primary School teacher and gift shop manager, (not at the same time) Val's achievements include assembling several items of flat-pack furniture and managing reasonably competent parallel parking (also not at the same time).

Val lives in Yorkshire, tolerated and humoured by many good friends.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
A 1930s wooden bureau with a drop-down front, tucked away under the stairs. It's a bit dark under there, so there's a small lamp perched at an odd angle on top of a couple of reference books. My laptop is gradually being edged off the corner of the desk by piles of paper, notebooks, old birthday cards and empty mugs, and the whole surface is covered with a fine layer of dust.
I bought my desk ten years ago from a junk shop in Herne Bay, and when I moved to Yorkshire it was the only item of furniture I possessed, apart from a deckchair and a laundry basket.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I don't think I've grown up yet! I spent my teenage years in Lowestoft on the Suffolk coast, where I made a couple of very good school friends who've stuck with me and made encouraging remarks about my writing for many years. (Mainly, "When are you going to get round to publishing this?")
My first year English teacher, Mr Hayes, introduced us to the joys of Roget's Thesaurus - I love this book and still use it a lot, although it's a bit of an effort to extract my current copy from underneath my desk lamp.
After that we had Mrs Goody, who terrified me. She insisted that we always write in grammatically correct sentences, and NEVER use the word 'thing'. To her I owe my pickiness about words, and my tendency to start sentences with 'And' or 'But'. (Because I can now, and nobody will tell me off!)
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Books

Lost Prinsipels
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 109,460. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Fergal O'Connor is a man with a mission. He'd rather not have it; he's already fully occupied with undergraduate spies, an unbalanced colleague, unobtainable stationery and unsavoury drains. Now he has a secret to keep; he must protect someone, who mustn't know he's doing it, from something she mustn't find out about. Fortunately (or perhaps not) the Grand Master has a plan.

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