C.E. Stalbaum grew up reading plenty of space opera and fantasy, particularly Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan, and most of all Timothy Zahn. In 2011, Stalbaum published "The Last Goddess" and has written nearly a dozen other novels and novellas since.
C.E. Stalbaum also writes the dark fantasy "Godswar Saga" under the name "Jennifer Vale."