Local Author Releases Debut Novel, Circle of Nine
Oct 22, 2014 10:55AM ● Published by Erik Dittmann
Cover Art created by local artist Kelsey Curkeet
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Readers are invited to an open house book signing party celebrating the release of the novel on Sunday, November 2 at Julie’s Java House, 409 N. Ludington in Columbus from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.
Book Launch & Signing Party - Open House - start: Nov 02, 2014 01:30PM
Biel has been working on this novel since 2009, when she turned in earnest to her fiction writing. Previously she wrote non-fiction in her work as a fundraiser and publicist. Biel said, “I majored in journalism/public relations instead of English or creative writing at UW-Madison because I thought that I needed a degree that would allow me to earn a paycheck. While I’ve enjoyed my career, I always meant to get back to writing fiction.” Biel’s stories spent many years tucked away in a file until she was spurred into action by family tragedy. “In 2003 our family lost one of my sisters to cancer. We were devastated when the same terminal cancer was diagnosed in a second sister in 2009. When something like this happens, it causes you to reflect on your priorities and decide that your dreams can’t wait any longer.” Throughout the process, the novel earned encouragement from the writing faculty at UW-Madison and was recognized as a finalist in the annual Young Adult Discovery Contest sponsored by the well-known Gotham Writers’ group. “It was a wonderful boost to my confidence when people who critique novels for a living liked my story!” said Biel. Biel has completed other novels for teens and tweens with cross-over appeal for adults. “It’s fun to be able to write a story that readers in all age categories can enjoy.”
Biel is a graduate of Fall River High School and The University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. When she’s not writing she spends time working on community theater projects with the Columbus Redbud Players and on historical projects with the Lost Lake – Randolph Historical Society where everyone knows her by her married name Valerie Johnson. You can learn more about Circle of Nine: Beltany and other projects at www.ValerieBiel.com. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and as an eBook on Kindle.