About Me

I was a journalist for more than 30 years, working in newspapers, television and PR. I now write about Italy as a freelance travel writer and combined my interest in Italy with my fascination for detective fiction by setting my first two crime novels, Death in the High City and The Shooting in Sorrento, in different Italian cities.

My third novel, The Body Parts in the Library, is set in a village in south Yorkshire. The novel introduces the Library Ladies, Sallie Parker and Jo Pudsey, who become amateur detectives.

I know the area well, as I was born and educated in Nottingham and started out as a trainee journalist on the Nottingham Evening Post. I spent some happy years working on the Morning Telegraph, a newspaper in Sheffield, where I met my husband, Jon Culley, who is a national newspaper sports writer. We now live in Leicestershire and have two grown up children.

I have built up a deep knowledge and understanding of Italy, based on years of experience of travelling there, and I have good Italian language skills. I obtained the Institute of Linguists final diploma in Italian and now have extensive background knowledge about the culture, history and politics of the country. I am able to translate original material available only in Italian and also communicate well with Italian people.

For more than 30 years I have been a member of the Dante Alighieri Society, the society for promoting the Italian language and culture abroad.

Contact me at culleyval@yahoo.co.uk