About the Author
Growing up in a military family, Val got an early dose of wanderlust and exposure to different cultures. He was born in upstate New York but left at the age of five. His travels went something like this: The desert of California ➡ Japan, the land of Gundam and Dragon ball Z ➡ Back to the beaches and bays of California ➡ The jungle and humidity of Guam, where he graduated high school ➡ California (again) where he graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in Psychology and where he found acting ➡ Los Angeles to attend acting school.
In LA, Val joined the Loft Studio while working as a hawker at a movie theater on Universal City Walk. After two years of acting and playing the drums in a band, Val decided on a different life ➡ Oceanside where he worked at the San Diego Union Tribune before heading back to school for his first MA degree ➡ Israel to study history, culture, and language. He ended up spending three years in Israel altogether and obtained two Master degrees ➡ D.C. for journalism and think tanks before entering the U.S. State Department where he has been ever since.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire
by John August
I met my wife through Instagram, and we first met in person at a Medieval festival in Gotland, Sweden.