author finds success
by jim stevens
dunwoody crier (dunwoody, ga)
year, thousands of aspiring authors struggle to become published.
valerie clark, former dunwoody resident, not only accomplished
that initial goal of her first novel, "tormented without
a trace," she has also been nominated for georgia author
of the year for her work. the winning author will be announced
in june 2003.
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without a trace" is a suspenseful look at the interwining
of love and abuse set among the powerful players of wall
street. natalie baylor is on the fast track to sucess as
an investment banker and about to marry one of new york's
most prominent attorneys. then, on a business trip to paris,
she meets jeremy, a wealthy entrepreneur, and thinks she
has found the perfect partner. they spend a week together
in romantic southern france, but he disappears without a
her return to new york, the dark mysteries of her past are
revealed as a game of stalking becomes deadly seriuos. "tormented
without a trace" explores the bond between love and
abuse, fantasy and denial that are common to modern life
and relationships. clark based her novel on her observations
during a 15-year career as a marketing executive at the
new york stock exchange, prior to her moving to dunwoody
four years ago.
worte my novel because i wanted to address the issues of
sexual harassment and abuse that i saw women enduring during
my tenure on wall street," clark said. "i wanted
to produce a self-help book for those abused women in the
form of an entertaining nnovel. i think i've done that."
thrilled to be nominated for this award," she continued.
"like most authors, i wondered how my writing would
be judged. to be nominated for georgia author of the year
is a high honor."
award is based on original writing style, character development,
and dialogue. clark has also been nominated for the pen/faulkner
award, the before columbus foundation book award, the independent
book award, and the 2002 writers digest award.
book is available online through amazon.com, and at barnes
and noble retail stores. clark can be reached at her company
entertainment, based in alpharetta, where clark now resides,
is a full-service entertainment company dedicated to providing
authors, musical artists and other professionals with promotional
and marketing support and career management.