Valerie and Samantha


Will the real Sam and Larrie please stand up!

This is my favorite picture of the 2 of them.

This would be about the time when the whole possum thing started. Ain’t they cute! And yes, that’s the barn housing the mirror in question. (Not to mention, the possum.)

The Paint, Ringo, is real too. He’s how we’ve gauged their growth over the years.


“With the shape of an “L” on her forehead….”


Valerie is the cover artist for the series. Here she is hard at work on book number 2.
Into the Forest and Down the Tower.

Here’s Sam in a recent photo shoot. Dresses? She still does it best.

Sam’s cake 2010

Val’s cake 2010

See why I write these books? 

cakes by:
In Jan 2012, I met Samantha’s friend Helana. I called her Lily our whole visit. She is perfect for the elf, Lily, that helps them in Book #2 – Into the Forest and Down the Tower. Now if Sam can just make friends with a troll we’d have a matching set.


A peek into the “Double-Trouble”


Living out in the middle of nowhere gives Val a lot of time for her favorite hobby - drawing. Follow her on Deviant Art

She now chooses the Renaissance Festival over Valley Fair and loves to dress up each year.

Besides drawing what she sees, Val has now taken to sewing it too. Here is her Horo costume for the Ainme Detour, 2012.

Daily attire? ALWAYS miss matched socks, on purpose. (must be an artist thing..... ;)


Samantha loves all kinds of music.
Channing Tatum is one of her favorite actors.

"Check yourself before you wreck yourself" - are her words of wisdom.

She likes to make her smileys
backwards ---> (:

Girly girl's favorite color is pink (of course).
For sports - she snowboards & lives for softball.

No photographer required! Sam is an Iphone portrait master!

We actually saw this sign on a road trip in the summer of 2012.

Had to add it here since I have always felt it's the theme song for the books. :)