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Valerie Frankel, MFA. Creative writing teacher, SJSU, author of Henry Potty and the Pet Rock.

Background Information

Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies. She’s the author of many books on pop culture, including From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she’s a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, pop culture, and the heroine’s journey. Her latest book is the Hobbit spoof, An Unexpected Parody. Learn more at


My stories and reviews were printed in the anthologies, Legends of the Pendragon, The Kings of the Night, Surfacing, Once Upon a World, In the Outposts of Beyond, ShadowSword, The Official Manual for Spice Cadets, The 2004 AWP Pedagogy Papers, and the year’s best anthologies: Portals, The Best of Scifantastic: Volume 1, and Wondrous Web Worlds 4. My work also appeared in Rosebud Magazine, Arabella Romances, Renaissance Magazine, The Oklahoma Review, Pebble Lake Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Riverwalk Journal, The Sword Review, Orchard Valley Review, Vermont Ink, Seele, Strange Horizons, Marsdust, SF Crowsnest, New Pages, Jewish Community News of Greater San Jose,,, SF Reader, SF Book, The Poet’s Haven, Ambitions, The Writers Publishing, C/Oasis, Success by Design, Spellbound, Story Station, Beyond Centauri, Aoife’s Kiss,, Rambles Cultural Arts, Twilight Times, Gryphonwood, Fables, Scifantastic, Dreamforge, Vertigo, The Sneeze, Voyeur Arts Magazine, The Writing Life, La Palabra, and other magazines.

"Henry Potty and the Pet Rock" excerpt. Phelan Award 2004 First Prize for humor.

“Tea and Company.” Nominated for 2003 Origin Awards.

“The Fire Rose.” Bestselling author Juliet Marillier's website—Review of the Month Award. June 2002.

"Gilgamesh." Olympiad of the Arts 2000 Honorable Mention.

“Snatching the Ring from his Finger: The Heroine’s Mythic Journey” Presented at the 41st Annual Comparative Literature Conference, CSU Long Beach, 2006.

“To Be Verbs and How Not to Use Them” Presented at the 2004 Annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, Chicago, IL 2004.

“Pillars of Strength: Exploring the Male and Female Archetypes” Presented at the 30th Annual World Fantasy Convention, Tempe, AZ 2004.

Spoke on eight panels at Baycon: The Bay Area Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention 2006.

Attended seven writing conferences in 2003-2004.

Additional Information

Valerie’s very excited about her new book, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody, published through Wingspan Press. Readers who long to waste their valuable time can play Chickenfeet Academy Games, check out the Henry Potty eBook, and cavort with flying pigs for hours at

Contact Information

1088 Colton Ave 
Sunnyvale CA 94089   USA
Contact Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
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Henry Potty and the Pet Rock
Official Website of Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody by Valerie Estelle Frankel. Short stories, writing tips, contests, giveaways, and an interactive fantasy kingdom especially for kids.

The World of Calithwain
Web page of Valerie Frankel, author of the Calithwain series and other fantasy fiction. Journey to the magical world of Calithwain, with amazingly detailed interactive maps for all ages. Original children’s novels, short stories, book recommendations, reviews, fairy tale resources, fantasy & writing links and so much more. Free Harry Potter Parody!

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