About the Author
Growing up in a military family, Val found an early love of travel, cultures, languages and people. He spent two years in Japan as a child, graduated salutatorian from a Department of Defense high school on Guam, and lived all over California - which he considers mostly home.
After graduating from the University of Redlands with a BA in Psychology, Val left to join an acting school (Lost Studio) and worked on City Walk in Los Angeles. He spent two years studying acting, playing music, and being broke before realizing he needed a steady job. While working at the San Diego Union Tribune as a platemaker, Val rediscovered his love of travel, history and language.
Deciding that he wanted to return to school, Val left for Israel, spending a total of three years and obtaining two MA degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Government with a Counter Terrorism specialization. This led to internships with various think tanks in D.C. and eventually with the U.S. State Department where he has been ever since.
Val’s love of history and the Middle East led to his debut novel, The People’s Crusade, which Chanticleer Reviews shortlisted for the 2017 Chaucer Award. He is also a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society and is the author of numerous blogs/articles relating to national security and the Middle East.
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.