Professor Valencia teaches Latin American literature and language courses at Truman State University. He earned his Ph D. and Masters degrees from Florida State University, his BA from University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and his AA from Campbell University, NC. He is a former Marine and served during the Persian Gulf War with the 10th Marines, where he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon. He currently serves as an officer for a Combat Engineer company in the Missouri National Guard.
Another book published by this author La limonada de la tía Beatriz (available only in Spanish) has also been published by this house.