​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Valerie Battle Kienzle                                                Author        

Valerie Battle Kienzle is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri.  She spent the last 40+ years employed in various writing-related positions -- newspaper reporter, corporate public affairs manager, advertising account representative, school district communications writer, freelance writer, and author.

Valerie is a member of The State Historical Society of Missouri, the St. Charles County (MO) Historical Society, the Missouri Humanities “Show Me Missouri” Speakers’ Bureau,  the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The Fashion Group International, Inc., and The Wednesday Club of Saint Louis.  Her interests include reading (history, non-fiction), music (any and all types), gardening, travel, and genealogical research.  An animal lover, she shares her home with a cat. 

Valerie credits her grandmothers with instilling in her a lifelong love of history.  The stories and photographs they shared made her want to learn more about the past.