Sally Valentine Steinmiller, of Walworth, is currently writing “Fire in Genesee County,” the sixth children’s book in “The Rochester Series.”
The Rochester native attended Public School No. 28 and East High School in Rochester City School District, where she later worked as a math teacher for 25 years.
She was inspired by Margaret Truman, a mystery writer who set each of her novels within the context of Washington, D.C. When brainstorming her children’s book series, Steinmiller thought, “Why not Rochester?”
“The Rochester Series” follows five fourth-graders at School No. 27, known as the STARfish, and their childhood misadventures. Preceding books in the series include “The Ghost of the Charlotte Lighthouse,” “Theft at George Eastman House,” “What Stinks? An Adventure in Highland Park,” “Lost at Seabreeze” and “Stormed.”
Her plan is to include eight books in “The Rochester Series.”
“I am an unapologetic booster of Rochester,” Steinmiller said.
Steinmiller, who publishes her work as Sally Valentine, also wrote children’s poetry book “There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo.” Her sister-in-law, Suzanne Valentine, provided illustrations to complement the 78 poems.
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