Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of Amazon bestselling novel, The Silence of Trees, and founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character. Valya’s writing draws heavily from the folklore and traditions of her Ukrainian ancestry. She enjoys looking at the world through the lens of myth and fairy tale, bringing those magical stories into a contemporary context. Combining her passion for writing with her love of Art, she earned her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then, Valya has worked as a college writing instructor, obituary writer, content manager, comic book creator, goth cocktail waitress, and co-producer of an independent feature film. Valya has also been involved with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame since its inception in 2009. Her poetry and prose have been published in several literary and genre magazines, including Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Scheherezade's Bequest, Abyss & Apex, Danse Macabre, The Pedestal Magazine, Gone Lawn, Jersey Devil Press, Doorknobs & Bodypaint, and Fickle Muses. She can often be found online in the wee hours of the morning, fueled by coffee and writing while her children sleep. You can read more online at www.vdlupescu.com and on twitter @Valya.