Valerie Geary is the author of Crooked River, an Oregon Book Award finalist and an Indie Next Great Read. Her short stories have appeared in Weekly Rumpus, Day One, Menda City Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, the UK publication Litro, and others.
Valerie grew up in Albany, Oregon and spent most of her childhood tromping through the woods, reading in her tree fort, and writing stories that featured heroic raccoons, squirrel detectives, and alien teachers. She majored in English Literature at Vanguard University of Southern California where she worked at a bookstore and as a tutor in the university’s writing center. One bright summer she tripped through the Spanish countryside, taking language classes at the University of Salamanca and falling in love with churros con chocolate.
She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. In addition to writing and reading, Valerie also enjoys gardening, hiking, sailing, and playing disc golf.
Interviews and Guest Posts:
Slice Magazine: An Interview with Author Valerie Geary and Editor Emily Krump
Huffington Post Interview: ‘Crooked River’: A Talk with Valerie Geary
Oregonian Interview: Valerie Geary: six (or seven) questions for the Portland author of ‘Crooked River’
The Source Weekly Interview: ‘Crooked River’ Country
NW Book Lovers Guest Post: “Sweet Inspiration“; October 2014
Library Love Fest Guest Post; October 2014
Laura Stanfill Blog Interview
Book Club Girl Guest Post
Guide to Literary Agents Guest Post: “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far”; February 2010
The Secret Archives of the Alliterati Guest Post: “Ready, Set, Write!”; June 2010
Guest Host on Retro Rewind Podcast Episode 048, SIXTH SENSE; October 2014
Guest Host on Retro Rewind Podcast Episode 028, MARY POPPINS; January 2014