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Valerie Wilson Wesley (born November 22, 1947) is an American author of mysteries, adult-theme novels, and children's books, [1] and a former executive editor of Essence magazine. She is the author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series. Her writings, both fiction and non-fiction, have also appeared in numerous publications, including Essence, Family Circle , TV Guide , Ms. , The New York Times , and the Swiss weekly magazine Die Weltwoche .



Wesley grew up in Ashford, Connecticut. [2] She is African-American. She graduated from Howard University and earned master's degrees from the Bank Street College of Education and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. A former resident of East Orange, New Jersey, she now lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her two daughters and playwright husband Richard Wesley. [3]

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  1. "Wesley, Valerie Wilson". WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  2. page 258, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN   0-313-33428-5
  3. Staff. "Mystery Plot: Whodunit in Newark?", The New York Times , August 26, 1994. Accessed February 6, 2012. "Ms. Wilson Wesley grew up in Ashford, Conn., and now lives in Montclair, N.J., with her husband and two daughters. But she lived in nearby East Orange in the early 1970's, and Tamara's yellow-and-green Cape Cod is modeled on her old house."