About the Author

Medium HeadshotMonica Valentinelli is an award-winning writer and narrative designer whose books, stories, articles, and games span multiple worlds. Though the Italian-American writer is best known for her genre-hopping works spanning horror, fantasy, science fiction, and related genres, her contributions often include mystery, magic, and a touch of mayhem.

Earning her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Monica’s career blossomed in the gaming industry where she’s developed, designed, written, and edited dozens of role-playing games set in beloved worlds that include: World of Darkness, Chronicles of Darkness, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, TORG: Eternity, Cyberpunk RED, Robert E. Howard’s Conan, Pacific Rim, Shadowrun, Firefly, Lovecraft, and others. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in apps, anthologies, books, and magazines by publishers including Prime Books, Apex Book Company, Uncanny Magazine, Titan Book Company, and Stone Skin Press.

As a special guest and presenter, Monica has attended several conventions including: Origins, Gen Con: Indy, Capricon, GameHole Con and RadCon in the United States as well as RopeCon and GamesFest UK in Europe. An advocate for sharing knowledge, Monica has also presented several workshops and lectures at the GAMA Trade Show, the Origins University, and through the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium as well as online classes through venues like the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers.

Throughout her career, Monica has been nominated for several awards and has won accolades for both games and fiction. These include the ENnies Awards Judge’s Spotlight for the Firefly RPG supplement Echoes of War: Thrillin’ Heroics, the Grand Prize in the GalleyCat Varney the Vampire Remix fiction contest, and an Honorable Mention for her story “Prey” in FutureFire.net’s MirrorMask Competition.

Monica is an Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW).

Pronouncing “Valentinelli”

If you know how to pronounce Tarantino, then you’ll be able to say Valentinelli. Tarantino is pronounced exactly how it looks, and Valentinelli is the same way. Tar-an-ti-no versus Val-en-ti-nel-li or Va-len-tin-el-li. Valentinelli simply has more syllables in it.

This page was last updated on May 14, 2024. Monica is set up as an affiliate for DriveThruRPG.com, DriveThruFiction.com, DriveThruComics.com and Amazon.com. She often posts affiliate links on her website, newsleter, and social media accounts when she links to them for her books and select products.

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