Valerie D. Hampton holds a B.A. from the University of Florida, where she was the first to graduated summa cum laude in the interdisciplinary MEMS program (Medieval and Early Modern Studies), and a Masters in Medieval Latin from the Classics department of the University of Florida. She holds a PhD in History dissertation from Western Michigan University. She currently teaches at the University of Florida, while writing Urban Fantasy. She has taught Latin at the University of Florida and Western Michigan. She has also taught both online and regular classes in History at Western Michigan as well as Humanities and Film at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fl. Her doctoral dissertation, was on Rushen Abbey on the Isle of Man and its relations with secular and religious organizations. She has published articles on Frankish and Viking weaponry, Viking age women in the Isle of Man, medieval medicine and has written multiple encyclopedia entries on religious history. She is currently working on three other historical projects. Dr. Hampton founded the American Society for NeoMedievalism. She has a degree in Film and has taught History in Cinema. Since 2001, her productions have been headlined film festivals, been used as documentaries, and she is now an associate producer for the in development film Star of the Guardians.