Valerie-Anne Baglietto was born in Gibraltar, and her grandfather and great-grandfather were also published writers. Following in their footsteps, she came up with her first plot aged four - a story about a boy whose mother's nose was incredibly long and spiral-shaped. In 2000, her debut THE WRONG SORT OF GIRL won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writer's Award. More recently she was shortlisted in the 2015 Love Stories Awards.
Valerie-Anne’s first four novels, for Hodder & Stoughton, were traditional rom-coms, but her more recent books have acquired a contemporary fairy tale twist (living in Wales since 2001, a land steeped in myth and magic, might have had something to do with it). She’s a long-standing member of Novelistas Ink, and also the bossiest. By day she can be found hunched over her desk, where like most writers she consumes too much tea and coffee. By night she clears up after her husband, three children, and a ball of fluff masquerading as a Pomeranian.
In 2018, she was diagnosed autistic, and a great many things finally made sense. She’s now suspected of having ADHD, too, which would make sense of a lot of other things.
Valerie-Anne also writes under the new pen-name LOTTIE CARDEW.