Welcome to the Official Website and Blog of Sally Valentine
I am a native Rochesterian and an unapologetic booster of Rochester and all of New York state. A former math teacher, I am now off on a tangent of writing.
Introducing Martha the Hairpreneur
Check out my latest book, co-written by Jane Plitt, Martha the Hairpreneur, the fictionalized story of Martha Matilda Harper, a real Canadian servant girl who came to Rochester in 1882 with $60, a jug of herbal hair tonic, and a formula for the tonic. It is a Cinderella/Rapunzel story with a twist. The princess rescues herself. She uses the formula, her own beautiful floor length hair, and an abundance of determination to build a beauty empire. She invents the retail franchise system to expand her business while giving other poor women like herself a path out of poverty. Martha’s story is a lesson in succeeding with others, instead of at the expense of others.
The Rochester Series
Check out my award-winning poetry book for kids, There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo. This book is a collection of 78 poems, each about a different place in New York State. With colorful collage illustrations by Suzanne Valentine, you’ll enjoy this alphabetical trip through New York State where geography, history, and whimsy meet to create a one of a kind journey.
What would you do if you found a memoir that had been hidden for 100 years? What if it told the story of an entrepreneur, a man who lived at the turn of the 20th century, but whose vision went far beyond his time and place. Such a man was Frank S. Peer (1851-1922), and this is his story, edited and enhanced by Palmyra historian Beth Hoad and myself. Email me to get a copy of this adult book.
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