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Tell us about yourself.
Encourage. Empower. Equip. Everything I do is to help people live greater. My philosophy follows that of Lao Tzu: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” As a trained problem-solver, I am compelled to guide people to finding the optimal solution. Whether managing relationship issues, mastering self-publishing or comprehending mathematics, using my strengths to inspire others brings me great satisfaction.
On the personal side, I am a wife, mother and grandmother (although my babies have been instructed to address me as Meme because I am way too young for Granny). My role as mother includes being the bonus parent to my husband’s biological children.
What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past?
For twenty-six years, I worked as an automotive engineer for Delphi Automotive Systems (formerly General Motors). The plant closed in 2007 and my position relocated to Mexico. Instead of moving across the border, I embarked upon entrepreneurism and adjunct teaching. I teach math at two colleges: Sinclair Community College and Central State University.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors write inspirational novels. William P. Young, Victoria Christopher Murray, Vanessa Miller.
What are your favorite books?
After the Bible, my books and those published through my imprints (Passionate Pens and Queen V Publishing), my favorite books are
• The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
• Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
• The Shack by William P. Young
• The Ex Files by Victoria Christopher Murray
• The Rain Series by Vanessa Miller
When did you realize that you wanted to write?
My mother told me that as I child, one of my goals was to write a book. Although I don’t recall the declaration, if Momma said it, then that settles it.
My first attempt at writing a book was in the sixth grade. The English teacher read The Outsiders and That was Then, This is Now by S. E. Hinton to the class. I was new to the school, the only minority in the advanced class and thus, an outsider. I fell in love with the characters and their journey. I tried to write my version of The Outsiders, but quit when I realized that I had switched from third-person to first-person narrative. At eleven years old, I didn’t know how to fix the problem, but I knew that I had one.
Prior to becoming a published author, I wrote poems and penned a study guide for a high school student struggling with calculus.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
In the late ’90s, Vanessa Miller asked me to review her manuscript. I loved the storyline; however, the analytical side of me could not overlook the inconsistencies and typos. I made editorial comments on the draft and when I returned it to her; she said that I should be an editor.
A few years later, she released her debut novel, Former Rain (an Essence Bestseller). At the release party, she asked me to collaborate with her on the business side of writing. I transitioned my engineering problem-solving skills to “all things literary” and saved her thousands of dollars.
While coaching Vanessa, I met scores of writers who had been cheated and tricked out of fulfilling dreams. Outraged, I committed to equipping writers with the tools of publishing success. I created the Pen to Paper Literary Symposium and invited experts like Dan Poynter, Pam Perry, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Victoria Christopher Murray and Carolyn Howard Johnson to empower attendees.
Realizing that the most effective teacher is one who instructs from a practical perspective, I published Blended Families An Anthology to master the intricate details of publishing. As a result, thousands of stepfamilies have been restored and just as many writers have been coached to succeed in the book business.
Are you a full-time writer? If so, describe your day?
I am not a full-time writer. My purpose is to empower and equip people to be greater. My books complement the ultimate objective: earn a living as a motivational speaker and presenter. For me it’s the message, not the method.
About the Author
The best-selling author of Blended Families An Anthology, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman has helped families navigate the challenges of child support, visitation, discipline and more. With over twenty years of experience in family and relationships, she has given advice on varying issues including baby-momma drama, defiant children and disapproving in-laws. On her journey to assist others with building strong families, she shares her testimony and provides practical tools to help you stop the stepfamily madness in your home!
Valerie has helped women find relational fulfillment by identifying the four types of male hunters, avoiding seventy percent of men who only want the goody box and winning the heart of Mr. Right-For-You. She explains how she overcame struggles and offers proven techniques to help you get off the crazy cycle of relational demise in her bestselling novel The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box!
As a best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie has helped thousands of aspiring authors navigate the mysterious labyrinth of self-publishing. With over ten years of experience in the book business, this expert divulges industry secrets on avoiding the top five mistakes made by new authors, pricing your book to sell and identifying dishonest publishers in the Self-Publishing Made Easy Journals. Having published more than thirty books, Valerie has launched writing careers for inmates and high school students through the Passionate Pens program. Her dynamic presentation and knowledge of the business takes writers from pen to paper to published as they master self-publishing to make money!
What your father didn’t tell you and your mother didn’t know. Successful. Beautiful. Intelligent. Yet a satisfying relationship eludes Debra Hampton. At thirty-five years old, she can’t figure out why her philosophy on men-and what they want from women-isn’t working. She’s trapped in a cycle of shattered relationships, until a friend refers her to a relationship guru. After some resistance, Debra finds refuge in his counsel as he helps her navigate through the storms of rejection and failed love. Once he reveals the error of her ways, will Debra master the forbidden secrets to attract her soul mate or continue to keep love at bay?
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