As Val intriguingly explains, "This is the first chapter of a memoir I have yet to write but intend to continue with when I've finished a novel I'm working on."
You can read Val's contribution The Reluctant Boarder here.
Val is an English language teacher by day and a writer during her free time. Born and educated in the UK, she spent twenty years in South Africa and another twenty living on a historic barge in the Netherlands, a lifestyle she adores despite the hard work it involves. Nowadays, she shares her time between the barge and a cottage in Zeeland.
These diverse worlds have given her some wonderful experiences, and she enjoys sharing her stories in her books and on her blog, which she started in 2006.
To date, Val has published nine memoirs and three novels, as well as a collection of anecdotes. She has also contributed to a number of anthologies and writes barge-related articles for the women’s sailing magazine, Sistership.