Valerie is excited to announce her upcoming memoir,

Caution: Mermaid Crossing, Voyages of a Motherless Daughter
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In her linked essay collection below, Valerie Anne navigates her motherless foundation through loss, abuse, love, health crises, Hollywood, affairs, and #metoo incidents by relying on her affinity for the sea to help discover her own indomitable spirit and sail through adversity into a world of ethereal beauty.


Valerie Anne Burns, an emerging writer, has had Flying Nighties from Caution: Mermaid Crossing, Voyages of a Motherless Daughter included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times Won’t Last but Tough People Will, released November 2nd, 2021. She’s had two essays published in HerStry Literary Magazine: Venice Vision in September 2020 and Your Bed May 2021. Libretto Magazine published He’s on Top of the World and I’m Not June 2021. In September 2021, Valerie Anne received a Finalist Award from Page Turner Awards in the category of manuscript submission. She was awarded scholarships to the 2019 Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the 2016 Prague Summer Program for Writers. In addition, Valerie Anne was sponsored on a trip to Italy and The Dominican Republic for a breast cancer survivor retreat, where an essay from her book became a launching point for the workshop presented, “Living and Healing Through Color.” Valerie Anne previously worked in Hollywood as a story editor and in production, as well as, having her own business as a makeover specialist for home decor and wardrobe image.


Santa Barbara is home and the place where Valerie Anne has survived breast cancer. Being near the ocean brings out her “inner mermaid” and gives her the peace and clarity she needs to write, along with the strength and grace needed to mother herself through life’s stormiest weather.                                                                            


Click on the links below to see the essays from my book
which have been published:

" Venice VisionHerStry Journal 9/20

"Your Bed"  HerStry Journal 5/21

"He's on Top of the World and I'm Not"

Libretto Intl Magazine 6/21- Scroll down to "Memoir" for my essay.

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"Flying Nighties"

Published Nov 2021 in
Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Tough Times Won't Last
But Tough People Will.*

*Available at your local bookstore
or purchase online. Click on photo for link of book on Amazon.

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