C.K. MALLICK~ The initial spark of inspiration for Valthea—I Read People came from C.K.’s childhood, growing up near Venice, Florida, the former winter home for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and of hearing stories of her intuitive great-grandmother. Thirty years later, the idea rekindled after watching a performance by Circus Sarasota. Seventeen years in the entertainment industry, including dancing for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and teaching dance to children and teens, also provided resource. The author lives in Sarasota, Florida. She loves hearing people’s stories, spending time in nature, and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.