S.F.(Samuel Franklin) Varney was born in the summer of 1969 in Tennessee and grew up in Southwestern Virginia and the Florida Panhandle. He studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Pensacola Junior College and the University of South Alabama. Sam has over 22 years of experience in the jewelry fashion industry and is the publisher of Metal Lunchbox. He designed and illustrated several book covers and interiors, coloring books and comics and currently writes and illustrates the Karate Dottie series. Sam has six sons and lives with his family in Maryland.