Valerie Valdes lives in an elaborate meme palace with her husband and kids, where she writes, edits and moonlights as a muse. She enjoys crafting bespoke artisanal curses, playing with swords, and admiring the outdoors from the safety of her living room. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was shortlisted for the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was also named one of Library Journal’s best SF/fantasy novels of 2019. The sequel, Prime Deceptions, was published in September 2020. Join her in opining about books, video games and parenting on Twitter @valerievaldes.
Today she tells us about her Six Books:1. What book are you currently reading?
2. What upcoming book are you really excited about?
3. Is there a book you’re currently itching to re-read?
4. A book that you love and wish that you yourself had written.
5. What’s one book, which you read as a child or a young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?
I will never not have The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in my writer DNA. I think my humor trends toward Pratchett a bit more, especially in the ways I reach for parody and satire, but I read Douglas Adams first, and he instilled in me a love for absurdity and observation of the human condition that I've carried with me ever since. His wry asides and occasional long-winded digressions aren't super in fashion right now in most books, but I still find them hilarious. His were some of the first stories that challenged me to look at things I took for granted and considered normal, and analyze them from an outside perspective that rendered them differently.
6. And speaking of that, what’s your latest book, and why is it awesome?
Thank you Valerie!
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