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Writing and Projects

From the Desk of Valerie J. Wood

About the Author


As an avid sports fan, and hockey fan in particular, Valerie Wood worked as a photojournalist for the long-defunct Hockey Ink! magazine, covering the AHL and ECHL from 1993-1997. She was "on the ice" as a photographer when the Richmond Renegades won the Riley Cup in 1994-1995, and extensively covered the Baltimore Bandits (farm team for the Anaheim Ducks) as well as the Hershey Bears through the mid-1990's. Enforcer was a result of her love of hockey, writing, and frustration that there were no contemporary novels about hockey's elite players, much less the teams' enforcers. 

  Val has also photographed various sports, ranging from stock car racing to APBA boat racing and college and CFL football (as an on-field photographer for the CFL Champion Baltimore Stallions) and minor league baseball, as well as being an avid photographer of pets and nature. She has written extensively for as the senior auto racing correspondent, and for various on-line sports sites over the years. 

  She worked as an editor, writer and graphic design/professional layout artist for a major federal organization for over 11 years, and, her second book (non-fiction) is about her beloved dog's battle with bone cancer and the holistic measure she used to help him live for nearly a year past the terrible diagnosis. Her book, Breakfasts with Buster was published in August 2009.