Marguerite Valentine

Marguerite Valentine

Books for the Psychologically Minded

About Me

Marguerite Valentine

Born in the West Midlands, my early childhood experiences  of  living in both England and then Wales, have been a A Picure of Margueritemajor influence. This is particularly true of the differences in the landscape, the social environment and the people. All of which  I still find fascinating and continue to contribute in one way or another to my writing.

Later, I moved to London to work with children and young people as a Child Protection Worker, but these experiences also brought me face to face with a side of life, many prefer to avoid. However as my career developed, I found myself wanting to understand more about what drives people and why they are the way they are. This curiosity subsequently led me to train as an analytic  psychotherapist.

Therapy is fundamentally about careful listening and making sense of what shapes  a person’s view of their life and the world. Often moved and intrigued by the lives of those I worked with, I began writing.  At first, these were academic papers, then  I became interested in film analysis, finally turning to fiction. This seemed a more accessible way of reaching an audience.

My debut novel ,  Between the Shadow and the Soul‘ is about the long term effects of childhood trauma. The story focuses on the life of Flori, a fragile young woman, whose traumatic history drives her to steal a baby as an attempt to escape a tragic past .

My second novel ‘My name is Echo’ was also influenced by my work as a psychotherapist. The story explores the difficulties in growing up. Echo has familar problems, which many working with young women will recognise; a negative relationship with her mother, an absent father, fears about how she looks, and ‘falling in love.’ As with my first book, it is written as a psychological thriller, but with the added elements of magical realism.

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