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Maria Alexander

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Maria Alexander is an award-winning author of YA and adult fiction. Her debut novel, MR. WICKER, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her debut YA novel, SNOWED, both won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel.

When she’s not stabbing people with her foil, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog.

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Maria Alexander Absolutely, although it's closer to my short story process. I spend more time planning structure, researching and developing characters before writing…moreAbsolutely, although it's closer to my short story process. I spend more time planning structure, researching and developing characters before writing a book. My characters drive the plot, so I have a really good idea who they are before I even start. Generally with short stories I know the ending and something about the protagonist, but not always more than that before I start writing. I very often don't need to research for my short stories because they tend to be more autobiographical.

Poetry is another creature altogether. Almost always I have a snapshot in my mind – an image, vivid and emotional. The words and structure flow from that. And those images come during intensely emotional moments. I'm not as disciplined about my poetry those other forms of storytelling. I can go years without writing a single poem, and then suddenly – a cataract. (less)
Maria Alexander Before I was born, my mother was friends with a British psychic named Mrs. Steele. Just after my birth, Mrs. Steele moved abruptly back to the U.K. an…moreBefore I was born, my mother was friends with a British psychic named Mrs. Steele. Just after my birth, Mrs. Steele moved abruptly back to the U.K. and was killed. But before her death, she wrote my mother a detailed letter about me that was lost for many years. What if my family found that letter and it contained a clue to the psychic's unsolved murder? A clue related to me...?(less)
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Since I was a child, October has been my favorite month. The idea of becoming something or someone else has always been high on my list of fun. But October also promises something much greater: an encounter with the other side of the veil. That happened for me in the biggest way on Samhain 25 years ago. I’ll tell that story in due time. But I’ve always loved the chill of that promise and everythin

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“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.”
This is an interesting line because I kind of believe it, but I kind of don’t, which is why you’ll find a credo from me written a decade after this where I say that ideas are really hard to kill and talk about the difficulty of killing an idea, the impossibility, really, of killing an idea. You can try. Ideas are definitely harder to kill than gods. It’s one of those things that’s always astonishing when you start looking at archeology, when you start looking into mythology, when you start looking at human beings and what we believe and what we used to believe: how little we’ve kept of the ...more
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"I tried out this poetry collection as an audiobook due to the prompt from book riot's Read Harder challenge, and I really enjoyed it! Definitely an impactful and accessible collection, with a few standouts."
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“A window smoky with lavender twilight arched over a desk littered with books and weeping columns of burning wax. Over the desk hunched a sooty-headed character. The scratching paused as he dipped a quill into an inkwell that sat beside an old-fashioned black telephone with large finger holes for dialing.”
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“He just shook his head and let his smile grow bigger. There was something about her that made him feel like his heart was bouncing on a pogo stick.”
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“Brooding at his antiquated desk in the lavender twilight of eternity, Mr. Wicker recalled the unspeakable delicacy of Alicia’s skin as he’d inhaled the fragrance of blood on her slashed wrists.”
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“I dreamed I spoke in another's language,
I dreamed I lived in another's skin,
I dreamed I was my own beloved,
I dreamed I was a tiger's kin.

I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
And when I breathed a garden came,
I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
I dreamed I knew the Creator's name.

I dreamed--and this dream was the finest--
That all I dreamed was real and true,
And we would live in joy forever,
You in me, and me in you.”
Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

“Here is a list of terrible things,
The jaws of sharks, a vultures wings
The rabid bite of the dogs of war,
The voice of one who went before,
But most of all the mirror's gaze,
Which counts us out our numbered days.”
Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

“There's a lot of Sherlock love in here. In many ways, this book might as well be called 'Deduce THIS, Sexlock Holmes!' with a picture of me licking his meerschaum, cross-eyed and screaming.”
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