Valerie A. Szarek was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954. Moving to the Colorado mountains of Park County in 1979, she hand-built her own geodesic dome home. She graduated from The Integra School of Energy Healing Arts in 1999 and The Silva Method of Healing in 1973. She maintains a healing practice, Light Heart Healings, founded in 1998. Val has written and created various forms of art for her entire life. She has studied the craft of writing at Naropa University and The Summer Writing Program every year since 2008, and gratefully considers herself a lifelong student.