Valerie Wilson Wesley is the author of two paranormal romances,The Moon Tells Secrets and When the Night Whispers, written under the penname Savanna Welles. Under her own name, she has published eight Tamara Hayle Mysteries and three stand-alone novels including Playing My Mother’s Blues, Always True to You in My Fashion and Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do for which she received the 2000 award for excellence from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). Her Tamara Hayle Mysteries include When Death Comes Stealing, Devil’s Gonna Get Him, Where Evil Sleeps, No Hiding Place, Easier to Kill, The Devil Riding, Dying in the Dark, andBlood and Sorrow. Most of her books have been Essence bestsellers and When Death Comes Stealing was nominated for a Shamus Award. Her mysteries have been published in Great Britain, France, German and Poland, and her stand-alone novels in Germany.
Wesley's short stories and essays are included in the anthologies The Bluelight Corner, Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex and Romantic Love, edited by Rosemarie Robotham, Gumbo, A Literary Rent Party, edited by Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris and Room to Grow, edited by Christina Baker Kline.
Valerie Wilson Wesley writings, both fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in numerous publications, including Essence, Family Circle, TV Guide, Ms., The New York Times, and the Swiss weekly magazine Die Weltwoche.