Diane E. Samson is the author of Gems of Fire, Valley of Bones, Mountain of Flame and companion novel Shadow of Death. She was lucky enough to grow up on acreage just north of Kansas City, Missouri. When she wasn’t dreaming of Narnia, she was outside riding her horse, training her dog or spending time swimming at the lake. Her love of words led her to earn a degree in magazine journalism, and she’s worked as a reporter, editor and in public relations. After moving around the country, she has returned to Missouri where she lives with her husband, children and dog. She will never be without a golden retriever.