S.F.(Samuel Franklin) Varney was born in the summer of 1969 in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in Southwestern Virginia and the Florida Panhandle. He studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Pensacola Junior College and the University of South Alabama. Varney has over 24 years of experience in the jewelry fashion industry. He designed and illustrated several book covers and interiors, coloring pages and comic books. He currently writes and illustrates the Karate Dottie children's book series. Sam has six sons and lives with his family in Maryland.