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Samantha L Valentine Author Book Event
Samantha L. Valentine
Guest Bio

Samantha’s love of fictional worlds began as a young child, and she has since spent a lifetime reading across all genres. She is passionate about women’s and LGBTIQ+ fiction and wants the world to read more diverse Australian stories. She graduated with first class honours in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Westminster and holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Queensland. In her late teens, Samantha left North Queensland and lived in the Northern Territory and Western Australian for several years before heading to the UK for a one year working holiday that turned into a twelve-year stint living in London and Oxford. Samantha eventually returned to Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her wife and their two Boston terriers. Normal Functioning Adult is her first novel.

Samantha L. Valentine Author Book Event

With Samantha L. Valentine



A year ago, Amy Campbell had the best life – a beautiful wife, a good career and great friends. Now, she’s a broken thirty-five-year-old widow who copes with her grief through a blur of sex and alcoholic indulgences.

With the encouragement of friends and family, Amy reluctantly attends group therapy in the hopes of mending her shattered soul.

As Amy strives to become a normal functioning adult again, work pressures, challenges of a new relationship and strains on close friendships she once thought unbreakable throw her recovery off course and create new heartache.

The more Amy tries to redefine herself, the more she’s forced to find the strength to confront her reality...

“An intimate and emotional sharing of a woman bereaved of her love and worth. Moving and raw… Wonderful work.” Dianna, Indie Book reviewer

Event Details

Avid Reader Bookshop

193 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101, Australia


Bookings Not required

This event is a Free Event


"An intimate and emotional sharing of a woman bereaved of her love and worth. Moving and raw… Wonderful work."

— Dianna, Indie Book reviewer

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