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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. She’s represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.

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.…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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I generally don’t like chiming in on social media about the ever-increasing number of mass shootings. I prefer to vote, make calls, etc., because we clearly have a gun problem. But in this case I’ve been contemplating the fact that the Santa Fe shooter was a Greek boy. It hits close to home for many reasons.


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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, 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, 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, Days of Magic, Nights of War

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