A former solider from the Curragh Camp, who was one of the first female soldiers to serve in a combat Infantry Battalion in both Lebanon and Eritrea, has turned her talents to writing about romance and one woman’s journey back after her world is torn apart.
Valerie O’Brien, who goes under the pen name of Sophie Rose has just finished her second book to rave reviews called ‘Here Comes the Girls’. It is due to go on realease in early February.
“I was in the army for ten years,” said Valerie, a former member of Newbridge Rubgy Club’s Executive Committee.
“I was stationed in the Physical Education School for three years. I worked proudly alongside the other staff members who are now actively involved in operation transformation on RTE.”
Valerie is now happily working as an author, make-up artist and beauty therapist and lives in Kilcullen.
The book looks at the life of Amber who has had her world torn apart and now needs to go back and face the hurt and torment of her husband and his mistress. As Amber embarks on her journey the reader goes with her in a story which is distilled with lots of humour along the way.
It has been described as one which ‘will take you on a roller coaster ride of humour, sadness and all the twists and turns as Amber takes on her journey’.
“I have tucked myself away and wrote three novels,” said Valerie. ”The first is due for release in softback the week before Valentines Day. It is being launched in Easons, Newbridge and Barker and Jones in Naas where it will be on sale.”
- Paula Campbell