Valanee Eriksen grew up as Val Johnson in the desert town of Richland, Washington. As a child she was so near-sighted she couldn’t see across the street, so she spent a lot of time reading. One day a door-to-door- salesman talked her mom into buying the complete set of The New Junior Classics. That set of books opened the door to her imagination and it has been running wild ever since. Valanee has three daughters, eight grandchildren and is a retired professor of English composition. She lives in Sarasota, Florida with her cat, Olea.