December 24, 2012

Girl Crush Mondays: Valerie Dearborn

Valerie Dearborn

So I've managed to track down Valerie after my tantrum. It took some time, Roanoke is a pretty scary place to go hunting for someone a lot of people are after. Good thing I got to her first before the others did.

Braine: Hi Valerie! Glad you could join us today. How are you?

Valerie: I’ve been better, thanks for asking. People keep trying to kill me, everyone seems to have some snarky remark, and I’m pretty sure things are about to get worse. But it’s nothing a long bath and a quart of tequila can’t solve. Heh heh. So where is it? I thought you said there would be drinks at this interview. (Valerie looks around with a scowl)

Braine: *hands Valerie a cup of eggnog* Here you go! Cheers! So you're an empath and we have a fair idea of what empaths are, it must be overwhelming sometimes. How are you coping with the "amplified" feelings? 

Valerie: I didn’t know squat about empaths. I just grew up hunting vampires and desperately wanting to bone Jack, my father’s apprentice. The first I ever heard about being an empath was from Lucas (super hot, super shady, probably super evil vampire). Vampires lose emotions over time and Lucas is really old, so he’s been pretty bored for a while now. Everyone thought that empaths were extinct so when I turned up, the idea of drinking from an empath and having feelings again was something that Lucas wanted. Although he also thought about killing me. I guess that’s the kind of effect I have on people :/
Braine: Do you have a better mastery of things now?

Valerie: I haven’t even mastered my remote! I joked at one point that being an empath seemed to just make me want to bone vampires. I’m pretty sure that’s still true. If I wasn’t an empath, Lucas would’ve left me alone and I’d still be in London studying and hooking up with cute English boys.

Braine: How are things with the boys, Jack and Lucas? Have you seen any of them lately?

Valerie: Ahem. If you mean ‘seen’ as in said hello to and talked to, well yes. If you mean ‘seen’ like naked slept with…Well, I guess the answer is still yes. But I’m currently done with men. Until 2015.

Braine: *mutters* I highly doubt that... I have to say I'm Team Jack and don't hate me but "you only get what you give" when things turned shitty in Roanoke. For the life of me I can't understand why you threw Jack, your first love, mate, partner, under the bus like that? And for a dead and cold guy like Lucas of all people... or non human?! (Sorry I have to vent) Why Valerie, why?!

Valerie: (Big sigh.) Love is a complicated thing. Desire is a hot thing. And Jack was being a douche. I guess I just came a point in my life where I realized that no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to be the woman who would make him lose control. Who he would open up to and be vulnerable with. Lucas isn’t trustworthy, he certainly isn’t the sort of dude you settle down with....But I can make him lose control. And maybe it makes me a terrible person, but I like that.

Braine: In fairness, your affair with Lucas is scorching hot! I was half afraid you'd get dehydrated at some point keeping up with that Vampire. Whew!

Valerie: Uh, Yeah. I’m pretty sure we shouldn’t be talking about this. I think we both thought it would be sex, hot and sweaty but not emotional. But it became something more than that. It wasn’t as pretty as love, and there was certainly a moment or two where I thought he’d snap and drink me dry, but here I am.

Braine: Have you seen Rachel lately? Are you getting her something this Christmas?

Valerie: That bitch! I want to go Garfield on her ass. Put her in a box marked for Abu Dhabi and then when they open it up in the blinding sun she can die a slow and painful death.

Braine: Garfield her ass? ROFL That's a good one. So what have you been up to aside from tending to the hustle and bustle of the season?

Valerie: Just the same old, same old. Trying not to get eaten by vampires, trying to figure out who I can trust. Now the Fey are involved, and that Cerdwellyn’s a shady cat. I think. He keeps telling me how evil Lucas is, and swearing that he can tell me the truth. I guess I’m worried it’s too good to be true.

Braine: Any plans this holiday? Shopped for gifts? Maybe you should get Jack a good razor... too soon? :P

Valerie: You mean because he is now a werewolf? Yeah, too soon. If it’s a choice between a razor and pooper- scooper bags I know which one I’ll pick, but no, I don’t think I’ll be getting him any presents this year.

Braine: A pooper-scooper! You should give Rachel that since Jack is her mutt now. Still not over that btw.


Childhood memory: sneaking out in the middle of the night to meet friends when I was a teenager. I didn’t have that many opportunities to be rebellious, so I look back at them fondly.

Hot drink: a tall two pump Mocha at Starbucks with light whip. It’s just right. It’s perfect for that 3 PM slump.

Holiday dish: I like Egg Nog and Mulled Wine. You can really only drink them for one month out of the year, and once December is over, I’m ready to wait another eleven months.

Christmas song: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. And I wish that someone would fine Paul McCartney every time they play ‘Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas’ at the store.

Holiday tradition: My mom and I used to make cookies on Christmas Eve. That’s one of my really clear memories of her. For a while, Jack and I did that too. Now I just stock up on Girl Scouts and watch A Christmas Story four times in a row.

Caroline Hanson grew up in California and moved to London in order to dance and go to pubs. Eventually, she matured enough to marry and imported an Englishman, returning to the United States.

After passing the bar, she had two children and now tries to parent, read, write and play tennis. She's heard rumors that other mothers clean and cook but is putting in serious effort to make sure those rumors don't reach her family.

Caroline grew up listening to Brit pop and reading about vampires. As a teenager her favorite authors were Anne Rice and Jude Deveraux. Now she loves Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Nalini Singh and JR Ward-- that's the short list.

She is also the proud owner of a WWJD t-shirt, (What Would Joss do?) which she hopes is apparent in her books.

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If you love a classic PNR/UF series I'm sure you'll fall in love with Valerie Dearborn's series.


  1. Love it! One of the best interviews with a character I've read. Go Braine!

  2. LOL!! Pooper Scooper bags!! heheee!!! That was awesome!!! Very funny interview. I do love that Valerie visual you have up!!

    Merry Christmas girls!




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