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Alison McBain

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Diversity is one of Alison McBain's passions. With dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, a Japanese-American mother and a B.A. in African history and classical literature, she has an eclectic background and a wide range of experience. She grew up in California and moved to the East Coast in her mid-twenties. Currently, she lives in Connecticut, where she is raising three girls and her husband.

She started her writing career at age four with a "self-published" horror story about the monster in the closet. The story was highly lauded by her closest family members. Since then, she's received a number of writing awards and accolades from people not even vaguely related to her, but she still has a soft spot for that first short story.

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Alison McBain "Never give up, never surrender!" Writing is about persistence. If you believe in your work, someone else will believe in it too, even if you're not…more"Never give up, never surrender!" Writing is about persistence. If you believe in your work, someone else will believe in it too, even if you're not an overnight success. Few writers are. This business has a lot of rejection. Don't let someone else decide whether you have a voice or not. You DO, and it's worth hearing.(less)
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FREE Books and Book Cover Contest!

My birthday is at the end of the month, so it would be an AWESOME birthday present if my debut YA novel The Rose Queen got some love (and votes)! I entered my book in AllAuthor's book cover contest for the month of September. Right now, my book is at #12 (out of #183 total covers submitted). Each week, people can vote again and advance their favorites to the next round. So if you like my book c... Read more of this blog post »
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I really enjoy humor in creative forms. A work can be serious and literary, but a glimpse of humor creates balance. Tragedy is more tragic with a touch of comedy, as it highlights the differences between the two. Likewise, comedy with serious underto ...more
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Probably like a lot of readers, I enjoy books set in local towns. I like to see my home turf through the eyes of someone else, and discover new things about places in my own backyard, especially if the setting is done well and smoothly incorporated i ...more
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Flash fiction is one of my favorite forms, both to read and to write. So I was very excited that New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction crossed my review desk. It contains a powerhouse collection of 135 stories by 90 authors. A number of the highly-l ...more
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