I have always been captivated by stories. Even at a young age, I would make up silly games and characters for my brother and I to play pretend. I would imagine epic worlds and themes and characters, and my brother would usually just play along because it was fun.
In high school, I loved writing and was drawn to books that made me think and wonder. I had a terrific teacher who was essentially like my Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World. However, she was not a he. She did still push me, and make me think. She always required my very best. After high school I went to college for elementary education. I received my Masters in Literacy Education. Becoming an author wasn’t the goal, but always something I wanted to do.
In my first years of teaching, I created a short story while working on literary elements with my students. I read them the story to model the parts of a story. My students loved the story so much, many of them begged me to get it published. Several years later, I am finally working to get that done.
I am self-publishing my first children’s chapter book this year. I am working with Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson. My wife and I are so excited to take the next step in getting my stories out there to the world.
L. Danny Valencia
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