Valerie Van Clieaf


The West Coast of beautiful British Columbia is where I finally settled down. I’ve been an outreach worker, a carpenter’s helper, a terrible short order cook, an okay waiter and an outstanding bartender. I taught first aid for a while too. One winter, I taught first aid, tended bar and wore out my fingers typing legal briefs. I’ve worked in more offices than I can remember and on a few factory floors including a salmon cannery and a packaging facility for plastic wrap. The second job ended when I stuck my hand in a pot of hot glue near the end of the third shift, but in my defense, it was the middle of the night! Fortunately for me, I already had the first aid training—and the promise of another, less treacherous job.

Music has always been one of my passions. While I studied music and music composition, I worked at Octopus Books in Vancouver, a wonderful place for a lover of words. So wonderful that many weeks I was book rich with not quite enough left for groceries! I went back and forth between writing and music for a while before music won out. For many 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 is the debut book in a series featuring Det. Sgt. Alex Desocarras, an Indigenous RCMP officer in 100 Mile House, BC. Book 2 will be published this winter, 2019. You can connect with me on my website:

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End of Innocence
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,000. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
A child is missing and the gutsy filmmaker trying to find her is brutally abducted. Alex Desocarras suspects a fellow RCMP officer and is forced under cover. “… a gripping thriller I couldn’t put down.” Goodreads

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