Valerie (Russell) Sherrard was born in 1957 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She has lived in various provinces including Alberta and Ontario and currently resides in Mirimichi, New Brunswick, in a former funeral home with her husband, Brent, who is also a writer, and their cats. She has two children, Anthony and Pamela, and three stepchildren. Sherrard’s novel, Kate, about a fourteen-year-old dying of a brain tumour, is dedicated to Rebecca, her daughter who passed away at nineteen months of age. Sherrard was the director of a group home for teens for eleven years and has been a foster parent to over seventy teenagers.
As a child, Sherrard lived in Germany where her grade six teacher, Alf Lower, inspired her to write. Characters are important to her, and she will allow the voices of her characters to determine the direction of the plot. Sherrard gives presentations on writing and reading to youth in grades primary to twelve.
Sherrard enjoys reading, writing in the early morning, brain teasers and Sudoku, and playing chess and scrabble with her husband. She has too many favourite books to name, and her favourite movies include The Dead Poet’s Society and Pride and Prejudice.
Awards for Kate: White Pine Award Honour Book 2005; Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection, 2004; Speechless: OLA Best Bets Selection: Top Ten Junior Fiction, 2007; CCBC Best Books Selection, 2008; Chasing Shadows: A Shelby Belgarden Mystery: Awards: Our Choice Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2005, Shortlisted: The 2007 BC Stellar Award;
Alberta, Ontario; currently resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick