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Alexandra Sokoloff

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I'm the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the new Thriller Award- nominated Huntress/FBI thriller series: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon. Bitter Moon. The New York Times Book Review has called me "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and my novels "some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

I'm a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where I majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for. After college I moved to Los Angeles, where I've made an interesting living doing novel adaptations and selling o
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Alexandra Sokoloff Hi Nayab! Like a lot of authors I know, I just always wrote. Long before I ever thought of BEING a writer. I kept journals, I wrote pages and pages of…moreHi Nayab! Like a lot of authors I know, I just always wrote. Long before I ever thought of BEING a writer. I kept journals, I wrote pages and pages of random thoughts during math classes, I wrote in the car during family road trips. It was how I thought. When I wasn't writing, like every other writer, I read. We had one of those houses that had hundreds of books in every room, stacked to the ceiling, overflowing bookshelves. You were never more than an arm's length from a book. I could read walking home from school—another sure sign of a writer-to-be.

I didn't start out thinking I'd be a writer, though. I got the acting bug first, which is great fun, total instant gratification. I did musical theater from sixth grade all through high school, and majored in theater at Berkeley.

But I quickly realized I was more interested in the big picture, the actual telling of the story, and theater was a fantastic training ground for writing. I worked my way through acting, which taught me how to create character and connect with an audience; dance and choreography, which taught me rhythm and pace, fearlessness and oh, yes—discipline!); then directing, which taught me design, structure, theme. Writing was the next natural step—the ultimate expression of all those things.

But the moment I said—"That's it, I'm going to write"? That was when I saw my first one-act play, one that I'd written for a class at Berkeley, performed. The characters I'd created walked out on stage, live, and it was like I imagine heroin has got to be. I was God. That was it—hooked. It was all about writing from then on. I still dance quite a bit, though! It keeps me sane.

Was I encouraged? Well, that's an interesting question. My parents were scientists and they would have been appalled if I'd actually come out and said I was planning to be a writer (or director or, God forbid, an actor). So I just, um.... didn't tell them. Once I was making a living at it, though, they were all for it!(less)
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“Suddenly she longed for the comfort of books around her. No matter how bad she felt, a library could always make her feel better.”
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“and Ashbury, looking up at a stopped clock atop one of the buildings, forever fixed at 4:20. She turns toward the next street . . . and sees a For Rent sign. The street address is 420. She shoulders her bag and walks toward it. The manager of 420 is a going-on-elderly Indian man with hazy eyes who has not the slightest interest in her; he is off on some distant plane of his own and will never be able to describe her even if he ever feels a desire to. He shows her”
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“But yield who will their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future's sakes.”
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“He didn’t even attempt to guess at what that delusion might be. He knew at the heart of it there was nothing poetic or metaphorical about it. The core motivation for all serial killers was the same: they got sexual release from rape, torture, pain, and murder. There was no other “why.” Trying to wrap it up in some elaborate psychological package was less than useless. Aloud he continued, “Also it’s notable”
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Alexandra Sokoloff Hey Tamara - you've got one of my favorite names!

Tamara wrote: "Hi Alexandra and thanks for your friendship :)"


message 15: by Tamara

Tamara Rose Blodgett Hi Alexandra and thanks for your friendship :)


Alexandra Sokoloff Mourning the loss of Robin Williams. Like anyone that supremely talented, he belonged to everyone. But especially for artists of any kind, he was a living lesson on >presence< and going straight to the edge. He made me want to be better, and to be true. An incomparable loss.


Alexandra Sokoloff Gary, I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for letting me know. And I'm sorry to be so late responding - it always takes me forever to find where Goodreads hides these comments! :)

Gary wrote: "Hey Alexandra:

Just finished Blood Moon and I have to say it was an amazing read. I have read all of your books so far and eagerly await the next one. You are fast becoming my favorite author. Th..."



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Carol Fitzsimons Oh Alex you don't know what you've been missing, been stonking here in sunny sunny Britain for a couple of days.


Alexandra Sokoloff Scotland is great but OHHHH am I enjoying the California sun....


Alexandra Sokoloff Friday the 13th Honey Moon tonight. Sounds pretty spectacular. http://sploid.gizmodo.com/no-human-ha...


message 9: by Gary (last edited May 16, 2013 03:49AM)

Gary Hey Alexandra:

Just finished Blood Moon and I have to say it was an amazing read. I have read all of your books so far and eagerly await the next one. You are fast becoming my favorite author. Thanks for all the hours of reading enjoyment you are providing.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


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Dylan Thanks for the friendship, Alexandra!


Alexandra Sokoloff Hey Melissa - how great to hear from you! I DO remember, you were a welcome flash of Berkeley (in my mind) in the South. Glad to see you here!


Pamela Hey Alexandra...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


Maureen Mullis Thanks for accepting my request Alexandra! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews and recommendations, and maybe have a little fun comparing notes!


message 3: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Alexandria,
Always great to meet another horror andf thriller fan. There's a couple of mine that you might like. THE LUNDQUIST CHRONICLES are inspired by MNR James and Nigel Kneale's Quatermass and available on http://www.lulu.com/content/4649341 HOLLYWOOD BOWL is meantime a thriller and you can look that one up on http://www.lulu.com/content/2557400 Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads and hope to hear from you shortly.
ROGER


Hertzan Chimera as you're my friend and you're online right now, I'll say "Hello from Oxford".


Sheila I am dying for your next book!!!! :-)


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