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Monica Valentinelli

That Place Where Lost Socks Go
Monica Valentinelli is a writer, artist, and game developer who lurks in the dark. She is a hybrid author who writes both original and media tie-in fiction and works on games, essays, comics, too.

A frequent guest at conventions, Monica is best known for creating the Make Art Not War Challenge and her work related to the Firefly TV show by Joss Whedon. She was the lead writer and developer for the award-winning line of Firefly RPG books, and also wrote the Firefly: The Gorramn Shiniest Language Guide and Dictionary in the ‘Verse which was released from Titan Publishing in April 2016. A veteran who's worked in gaming in both creative and trade professions since 2005 for over three dozen companies, she has worked on several other games including Dread Names, Red List for Vampire: the Masquerade and “In Volo’s Wake” for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition.

Her publications also include many stories such as “Tomorrow’s Precious Lambs” for Extreme Zombies and “The Dig” for the Lovecraft Zine, and several anthologies. For example, Monica successfully crowdfunded Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling with Apex Book Company. The co-edited collection, which earned a Publisher’s Weekly starred review, was released in December 2016. Her debut comic Last Man Zombie Standing was published in 2013 as part of the Unfashioned Creatures: A Frankenstein Anthology from Red Stylo Media. You can discover more of the author’s publications through her list of published stories or her list of published games.

Monica’s non-fiction repertoire spans both digital and print works and includes online articles, worldbuilding games, reference materials, and essays. She has written for sites including HowtoWriteShop.com, Sony’s Crackle.com, SFWA.org, GeeksDreamGirl.com, and BookLifeNow.com. Her essays have also appeared in books such as Family Games: The 100 Best, The Bones: Us and Our Dice, and For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher.

Monica holds a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with two very spoiled cats nicknamed Lord Lardbottom and Captain Whinypants, an albino water frog named Al, and her long-time partner. In addition to writing and editing, she enjoys traveling, designing jewelry, cooking, taking photos, gaming, watching anime and martial arts movies, exploring old places, and hiking. She is represented by Jennie Goloboy of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.