Valerie Van Clieaf


I was born and raised in Ontario, but the West coast of British Columbia has been my home for most of my adult life. Music has always been one of my passions. While I studied music and music composition, I worked at Octopus Books in Vancouver. I went back and forth between writing and music for a while, before music won out. For about 20 years, composing, arranging and teaching music was my life. A life filled with music is a wonderful thing, but there was something else I loved just as much and that was writing.

End of Innocence, my first novel, introduces a new detective series featuring Sgt. Alex Desocarras, a Native police officer who works out of the 100 Mile House, BC RCMP detachment. The sequel is to be published late summer, 2018. To connect with me, visit my website: The sequel is to be published late summer, 2018.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
The next installment of End of Innocence.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have more than five all-time favorites. They include:
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
Stallion Gate by Martin Cruz Smith
All of these authors use language so beautifully and deal with difficult, timely issues.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Valerie Van Clieaf online

Where to buy in print


End of Innocence
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,730. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Carey Bolton has disappeared. Weeks later, an anonymous caller claims to have seen Carey enter a house in East Vancouver, 1400 kilometres from home. When Carey’s cousin Amelia and friends, filmmaker, Morgan O’Meara and Kate Brennan attempt to rescue the girl, the woman living there claims to be alone. Suspicious, Morgan returns to the house and leaves a note. The blow back is fast. And brutal.

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