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Valerie Peterson

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Yonkers, NY, The United States
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I'm a writer and a fan of smart writing, clever plot twists and all things procedural — preferably with a bite of humor. Currently finishing my own first novel (which involves several intertwining mysteries and at least two dead bodies), I'm a member of both the Jane Austen Society of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

My TV writing and screenwriting has been honored by the WGAE Made in NY Writer's Room Fellowship, the CBS TV Writing Mentor program, Austin Film Festival, Cinequest, The Big Apple Film Festival, and More Magazine; my short film, The Maid of Honor, was an Official Selection at the Sedona International Film Festival.

A lifelong food lover and the daughter of a fantastic home cook, I'm the co-author of Cookie Craft an
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Valerie Peterson More than writer's block, I'd say that I sometimes suffer from AICA (Ass In Chair Aversion). I tell myself I only need to do 10 minutes of writing. On…moreMore than writer's block, I'd say that I sometimes suffer from AICA (Ass In Chair Aversion). I tell myself I only need to do 10 minutes of writing. Once my butt is on the seat, my symptoms sometimes progress into DID (Dangerous Internet Distraction). When that happens, I like the Freedom app that turns email and internet off for a proscribed period of time. Once I get writing, I can usually focus — most times, for much longer than I'd anticipated.

When I'm stuck on a particular section, I know from experience that it's generally because my brain hasn't gotten around how the plot needs to shake out. That's frustrating, but I know if I keep plugging at it — or around it — the resolutions will reveal themselves.(less)
Valerie Peterson I'm working on a novel, the seeds of which were planted by an early job I had, at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT.

I was in the communications department…more
I'm working on a novel, the seeds of which were planted by an early job I had, at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT.

I was in the communications department and was asked to write up a timeline for a colleague's retirement party. For research, I got a copy of the company history - a vanity publication. Some of what I read echoes through every business that I've been in — creative vs. sales; human capital vs. bean counters. At one point, I turned a page and suddenly the CEO was married to the wife of a guy who had previously been described as his friend. No explanation.

Being "bookish" both personally and professionally, I couldn't let that go — the big, obvious, intentional gap in the storyline of a book. Now, years later, my own book that encompasses all of those things: the purposeful gaps in peoples' stories, the personal and moral compromises that the workplace demands, the evolution of industries in the face of dramatic change.(less)
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Such an honor that Pretty Dead is an award-winner in the New York Women in Film & TV 2020 Online Film Festival – and is now streaming as a part of that fest. If you’ve got 8 minutes for a (dark) chuckle, check it out!





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