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 Sgt. Alex Desocarras, an Indigenous RCMP officer in 100 Mile House, BC. Book 2 will be published in late fall, 2018. If you’d like to connect with me, visit my website:

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: 99,780. 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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