Valorie began her creative career at Pleasant Company (now American Girl) in 1989 as a product developer and buyer of doll accessories. She went on to work in many areas of the company including catalogue marketing, public relations, special events, and creative services. In 1994, Valorie launched Orphink Ink, a small creative agency. In addition to writing The Care & Keeping of You, she has authored numerous educational books for early readers. Valorie lives in a converted tobacco warehouse in rural Wisconsin with her husband, a photographer, two sassy teenage daughters, and a pair of absurdly-spotted, wool-eating cats.