Her contribution to the writing community was officially recognised recently by the award of the Australian Society of Authors Medal.
The ASA Medal is awarded bi-annually and Valerie joins other acclaimed Australian authors, including Tim Winton and Anita Heiss, as a recipient.
“Anything awarded by your peers, that’s the greatest honour,” said Valerie in an interview with her local paper, The Young Witness, where she expressed her surprise and delight at receiving the award.
It is far from the first time that Valerie has been honoured for her writing career. Valerie is the first Australian writer to receive a Pioneer Award from RT Book Reviews, New York, for her contributions to the field of romance writing.
Her practical guide to the genre, The Art of Romance Writing (Allen & Unwin 1993, 2004) was voted the most useful book on writing in a poll of members of Romance Writers of Australia. The Valerie Parv Award (offered through RWA) continues her commitment to supporting the romance writing community through a mentoring program. Nearly all past winners of the Valerie Parv Award have been published.
Last year marked a year of firsts for the prolific author who celebrated the 30th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, and released her latest title, Birthright as an e-book.
Valerie is currently finishing her Beacon trilogy, which includes Birthright, Earthbound and Homeworld. She’s also writing an original romantic suspense screenplay.
Valerie is a long-standing and much-valued member and supporter of the Romance Writers of Australia and we congratulate her on this latest, well-deserved accolade. Long may she continue to write!