Valerie was born in 1969 and grew up in the Hillfoots town of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire where people know her as Valerie Forsyth. She attended Alva Academy and went on to become a nursery nurse. During the late 1990s, following the birth of her three children, Valerie embarked on an Open University Honours degree, Humanities with History, which was completed in 2003 after she and her family moved to Caithness. Since then Valerie has written the best-selling history book Camp 165 Watten about the prisoner of war camp in the Caithness village where she lived for 4 years, which was published in 2007 with a second edition published three years later. This was followed in 2011 by a book of biographies in The Caithness Influence.
Valerie has successfully published two other books for Amazon’s Kindle. These are Sons of Kirriemuir (2012) about some well-known, and not so well known, Kirriemarians, including J M Barrie and Bon Scott, and her first novel Janus Spring (2012), a 9/11 conspiracy story. She is currently working on the sequel and has almost completed a book of biographies of Highland folk from Ross, Cromarty, Sutherland and Caithness. Valerie also contributes to The Scots Magazine.