Valerie Peterson


Full Bio
Valerie tell stories with words and pictures and sometimes both.

A finalist for the 2015 CBS TV Writers Mentoring Program, her TV procedural / mystery drama pilot, Reconciling Jimmy, achieved Second Rounder status in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Screenwriters Festival and was a Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft TV Pilot Launch competition. The Maid of Honor, a narrative comedic short film Valerie wrote and directed, was an Official Selection of the Sedona International Film Festival and her Jane Austen / time travel screenplay, The Jane Austen Syndrome, has been recognized by numerous screenplay competitions, including those sponsored by The Austin Film Festival, Cinequest, The Big Apple Film Festival, and MORE magazine.

The author of the entertainingly irreverent (Associated Press) Petersons Holiday Helper and Petersons Happy Hour humor/cocktail books (Random House/Clarkson Potter), she is the co-author (with Janice Fryer) of Cookie Craft and Cookie Craft Christmas cookie decorating how-to books (Sto

Writer's Group works
The Maid of Honor
Screenplay (Comedy)
Log Line:
Being asked to be a member of the wedding party is a cherished distinction… But when she’s driven to the limits of her patience, how far will a dutiful Maid of Honor go to save herself?
Narrative comedic short (wrote and directed)
The Jane Austen Syndrome
Screenplay (Historical, Family, Buddy)
Log Line:
If Jane Austen had gotten married, would she have written her novels?
When Professor Anne Eddington’s career is threatened, that’s the question that drives her to time-travel back to 1796 for answers. But, romantically disappointed herself, Anne’s profound sympathy for the young, love-struck writer compromises her academic objectivity, causes her to inadvertently encourage Jane’s engagement to the wrong man — and threatens to change the course literary history.
Reconciling Jimmy - Pilot: Cash Bar
Screenplay (Teleplay (TV script), Suspense)
Log Line:
A repressed good-girl accountant must reconcile what is good with what is right when she is compelled to walk (awkwardly) on the wild side in order to solve the cases her shady Private Investigator uncle left behind.
Pilot: Cash Bar - After her Uncle Jimmy's murder, Katie secretly defies her grandmother's wishes to keep out of his business, and uses her financial skills to help solve the killing of the Estelle, a local bookkeeper.