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Valerie Gaer S.

Location:

Huntersville, NC
Hometown: Port Jervis, NY

Member since:

March 4, 2014

What is Your Goal in joining this group?

My goal is to connect with other writers who are passionate about writing and to take advantage of the opportunity to remove myself from my writing space where contemplation universally embraces us all but also isolates us. An oxymoron, I believe it is our connection with others who share our passion but who also have their own experiences to share that directs us toward crossroads we may have never anticipated. A communal place of comradery and friendship, I feel that this group is an integral part of our wholeness as human beings and as writers.

How long have you been writing?

I was inspired and encouraged by my 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Bell, many years ago. With time out for marriage, children, and the challenges of life in general, I always kept a journal but didn't begin to seriously pursue writing until I entered Lesley University when I was 48 years old. An expressive therary major with a focus on music, I realized the importance of creative writing in dealing with life challenges as my writing turned toward poetry and literature. A Master's degree in Music Ed Research followed at New England Conservatory of Music; a 2 year detour, but a mission of great implications for blind music students entering college for the first time. Creatively, I began to write books for my grandchildren who lived far away in an effort to help them understand who Grandma was and the voice she had. Ten self-published books later, I am now more than halfway through my own memoir, with a goal of leaving the self-publishing arena in the dust.

What do you write the most?

Currently, it is my memoir that secures most of my time with time out for poetry now and then.

Have you been published yet?

I have self-published five children's books and 4 non-fiction.

What are the two best days and times for you to meet?

My schedule is my own with the exception of a conflict with my husband's on Tuesday afternoon.

Introduction

I am a former interior who is now losing my vision. I travel with a guidedog, Sam who is a mush. I hope no one is allergic to dogs. I have self-published and am now writing my memoir...about ¾ complete. I look forward to joining the group.


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