Shore Leave 41 Guest: Valerie J Mikles

Valerie J Mikles
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Valerie loves dancing, writing, astronomy, sci-fi, and grapes. Her motto in life is "I can be everything I want, just not all at the same time."


Although she has yet to get paid to eat grapes, she was delighted to learn that people would pay her to study black holes, and spent much of her twenties as a black hole hunter and was rewarded with an astronomy PhD. Her second favorite science is genetics. How she ended up working on weather satellites for NOAA, we may never know.


Her passion for writing extends back to the second grade, and while she won many writing competitions in middle and high school, she pursued physics and astronomy in college. In 2008, she began work on her novels and screenplays, and in 2009 brought her proto-novella to the Shore Leave writer's workshop. Since then, she has written nine novels, and last fall began publishing. She is here celebrating the release of her fourth book Hybrid. You can learn more about her books on her website:


An asexual activist, Valerie has written and produced a series of comedic short films featuring asexual characters. She has recently reformed her Aces sitcom into a one-act play, and is negotiating to have that produced as well. You can watch her films online at Her third book Trade Circle features an asexual protagonist, and interestingly, she created this character before she even knew there was a word to describe it.


Valerie is also active in community theater, and in the fall she will be choreographing Brigadoon for Rockville Musical Theater. You can find out more about Brigadoon auditions and show dates here:

Books by Valerie J Mikles:

Title ISBN Date Publisher
978-198691-632-5 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
978-197578-390-7 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
978-154880-032-1 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
978-154811-033-8 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform