Val’s Bio

New pic for RDsiteI have been asked many times why I write. I have to. It’s that simple. My mom wrote some really cool poetry and verses as a teenager and her mom wrote a lot as well so I can hardly escape the inevitable.

I also like to read so I figure that if I write I’ll always have something to read.

As for my reading I like fun who done its. Two of my favourite authors are Lillian Jackson Braun who wrote the totally delightful Cat Who series and Edith Partiger’s Brother Cadfael a twelfth century Welsh Benedictine Monk.

Now, let’s see….I was born on December 16, 1953 in Brandon, Manitoba the second child of Dennis and Betty Falconer. My dad was in the military and stationed at Shilo, Manitoba. The maternity ward wasn’t yet opened so my poor mom had to go bouncing into the city on a cold and wintry Tuesday evening.

I appeared, according to my dad, at precisely 5:45 am. one week prior to my expected arrival. This promptness has held me in good stead for most of my life.

For the first seventeen years of my life I lived in various cities and towns eventually ending up in Oromocto, New Brunswick where I completed Jr. High and High School.

I have been writing since 1965 when I critiqued Black Beauty for a school assignment. My mom and gramma thought it was pretty cool, but hey, they’re supposed to. From there I ‘graduated’ to writing poems and verses.

Fast forward to 1996 and I began Sunny’s Grand Adventure the story of a daisy who wants to fly. She was published in 2004 as a very limited 1000 copy story/colouring book. One dollar from the sale of each copy is donated to a children’s charity.

Sunny’s Grand Adventure and Black Beauty can be found at my children’s website The Elf and Toadstool Canadian Writing and Illustrating Centre in the bio section.

I moved to Alberta with my parents in 1972.

The next forty years were exciting times with five years being spent in rural Alberta as a farm wife.

In 1999 I moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where I looked after my parents for several years until they moved into a care facility here in town.

In 2006 I began what I call ‘big people’ writing and have been busy creating articles for ezines, revitalizing advertising and marketing materials, researching information on a variety of subjects, and of course, having a grand old time creating more poems and verses.

Through all of my adventures and misadventures I have always had my writing to help give me a sense of sanity.

Whether it’s helping a student improve their reading skills through the PAL program (Partnership Approach to Learning), hosting writing workshops or creating verses and poems I love it all when it comes to writing.

In February 2010 I married my husband Brian who definitely appreciates the fact that I can’t stand to be late for anything! We still live in Lethbridge with no dogs or cats…just us.


Sincerely yours,


Val Rainey