Christopher J. Valin is a writer, artist, historian, and teacher living in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two children. He received his Master’s Degree with Honors in Military History with a concentration in American Revolution Studies from American Military University, his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and his teaching degree from Regis University. Christopher has been writing in many forms since he was a child, including short stories, screenplays, and comic books, for which he has also worked as an artist. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies: The Artifact: An Anthology, Keys: Unlocking the Universe, Doomed: Tales of the Last Days, and Therapy Sucks, and he was co-author of Under a Vanished Moon. His reviews of television shows and movies have appeared on various websites, including PopSyndicate.com, Mediasharx.com, and ZENtertainment.com.
He was the winner of the Golden Age of Television pilot contest, Part 9 of the Cowrite Screenwriting Contest, Chapter 16 of the L.A. Times “Birds of Paradise” Collaborative Novel Contest, and Week 3 of the FanLib.com Kirk vs. Picard Screenwriting Contest, and his screenplays and teleplays have won or placed in several other competitions, including the Scriptwriters’ Network Producers Outreach Program, the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, the Chesterfield Fellowship Screenwriting Competition,TV Writer.com’s Spec Scriptacular, the Fade In Awards, the Screenwriting Expo Cyberspace Open, the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting and Teleplay contests, Scriptapalooza, and Scriptapalooza TV.
Christopher is also the 5x great-grandson of the subject of his first Fireship book— Sir Charles Douglas—and the 4x great-grandson of the author of another Fireship book which he edited and annotated—Sir Howard Douglas.