Valya Boutenko graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2007. Valya is a writer of young adult fiction, although she has been known to write a recipe book now and then. Valya is a ceramicist, and an avid gardener. She resides in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and their two miniature dachshunds. When Valya is not busy writing books, she enjoys playing her accordion, knitting sweaters, and planting fruit trees.