native's wife authors first novel, tormented without a trace
clark to star as tormented leading lady in movie-in-the-making
by kris todd, staff
the daily reporter (spencer, iowa)
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"life altering" car accident which happened several.
years ago has turned into a "juicy" romantic thriller
for valerie clark.
who resides in atlanta, ga., with her husband, larry howard,
jr. of spencer, always wanted to be an author. but, she
didn't actually begin to persue writing until she was forced
to recuperate from an automobile accident.
years ago, i had taken the day off (on dec. 22) to do some
last minute christmas shopping." she said. "...i
was broadsided, spun around and went backwards up on the
sidewalk...i woke up (the following day) and i couldn't
move. ...i had a lot of soft tissue damage that didn't really
reveal intself until the next morning.
that time, i decided, "you know what, it's not about
chasing the almighty dollar,'" added clark. "i
had always wanted to write. so, during my recuperation,
which was five years ago, i started writing and i've since
written abuot 13 books. i completely changed my life based
on that experience."
new york native had previously worked as a marketing professional
on wall street in the area of international investment banking.
i use my marketing skills for non-profit organizations that
do good things for the community, " said clark. "i
don't earn the type of money that i was earning before.
i have a much quieter lifestyle, and i'm able to have much
more time to sit down and write quite a lot during the week."
she aquired no official training, clark admits to writing
poetry, music and musical lyrics ever since she was little.
was a passion...i decided, 'you know what, if yesterday
was my last day i spent it in a car accident, i wouldn't
have wanted this to be the way i wanted to go.' i really
wanted to express myself and reach people through the written
date, all 13 of her published works are considered book-to-film
projects. eight are deemed fictional; three are self-help
books based on what clark has learned through her personal
experiences; and two are children's books, one of which
is going to be an animated feature. her latest novel, "tormented
without a trace,' is slated to be a feature film in which
she will star in the leading role.
romantic thriller, which is set on wall street, describes
the intertwinings of love and abuse for natalie baylor,
a successful investment banker engaged to a prominent attorney.
the novel's leading lady goes on a business trip and meets
a gentleman whom ahe believes to be her soul mate.
about how that unfolds and a game of stalking becomes deadly
serious, " said clark. "it's like 'basic instinct'
or 'fatal attraction.' it's in that realm or that genre.
clark did work in investment banking and grew up in new
york, she said that's where the similarities between her
and batalie stop.
basically took a fictitious plot line and threw some hollywood
fun in there, and some lessons as well," she said.
without a trace" has been nominated for the pen/faulner
award and the writer's digest international self-published
book of the year award. it is also being considered for
the independent publisher award and the before columbus
foundation book award.
romantic thriller is slated to be a film planned for release
in theaters nationwide. the film, to be directed by filmmaker
frederick cohen, will feature clark as the tormented, love-starved