When Valerie was a little girl her parent’s television blew out one night just as the news broadcast ended. For some mysterious and fateful reason, they never fixed it. Not for five years. And during those five years her mother read to her nearly every night; filling her head with distant lands, magical creatures and heroic courage. This seeded Valerie’s childhood dream to be an author. Now, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family and well-loved pets. When she’s not writing she can be found beekeeping, riding motorcycles, or dreaming about living on an old-fashioned farm.