Valerie Valdes was born on a pirate ship that was attacked by merciless Humboldt squid, who killed her entire family in front of her infant eyes. Saved by a pod of dolphins, who raised her as their own before being captured and trained as Seaquarium performers, Valerie has dedicated her life to eradicating the scourge of the seas by eating calamari as frequently as possible.

Valerie writes fiction, poetry, essays and whatever else deep fries her brain chunks. She’s been a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo for nine years and loves to help other writers with thorny plot problems. When not writing, Valerie can be found reading, watching cartoons, playing video games, and generally puttering around the internet. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband, toddler and four cats.