Fantasy / LGBTQ+ Author
Betty Valentine lives and works on the Channel Island of Jersey. She has always been a bit of an oddball and realised some time ago that this is not necessarily a bad thing for a writer.
She tends to write slow burners which ‘drop you down a hole’ when you least expect it!
Despite her many attempts to be serious and to grow up, a little irreverent humour always creeps in and she has given up trying to strangle it. She puts this down to being the family short arse and having to laugh when they lean their elbows on her head!
Stories where ordinary people turn out to have a hidden life is her thing. She firmly believes that fantasy should be enjoyable at any age. The idea that non-humans are happily living amongst us forms the basis for many of her stories.
Betty once heard an author say that there were still few books written with any gay characters, and she thought that this was terrible. From then on she determined that her books would contain gay characters written as they should be, exactly the same as anyone else in the plot.
When Betty is not being Betty she is someone’s mum, wife, and eccentric cat-loving aunt!
Overture and Beginners
A deftly crafted and original novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that is as intimate as it is reader engaging, "Overture And Beginners: The Actor, The Painter and the Little Brown Dog" is unreservedly recommended for contemporary LBGTQ fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Overture And Beginners" is also readily available in a digital book format
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review