Maria Dahvana Headley

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Maria Dahvana Headley is the New York Times-bestselling author of, most recently, THE MERE WIFE (out July 17, 2018 from MCD/FSG). Upcoming in 2019 is a new translation of BEOWULF, also from FSG. As well, she is the author of the young adult skyship novels MAGONIA and AERIE from HarperCollins, the dark fantasy/alt-history novel QUEEN OF KINGS, the internationally bestselling memoir THE YEAR OF YES, and THE END OF THE SENTENCE, a novella co-written with Kat Howard, from Subterranean. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the monster anthology UNNATURAL CREATURES, benefitting 826DC.

Her Nebula,Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy award-nominated short fiction has appeared on Tor.com, and in The Toast, Clarkesworld,

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Maria Dahvana Headley I found a scrap of medieval history/folklore, about skyships and someone drowning in the air. I built Magonia from there!
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SECRETS I WROTE DOWN, 2017 EDITION: Djinns, Golems, Astronauts, Casanova’s Hollow Earth Residents, and Annabelle Lenore Virginia Lee.

It’s the end of the year, and the time I traditionally make a heap of things I’ve published in the past 12 months.  I thought I hadn’t been terribly epic on the publishing front in 2017. I felt, in fact, as though I’d published almost nothing.

Then I went in to round it up, and found…

Okay, so I published five stories, which equal out to 35,000 words of short fiction in 2017. Wel

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“I read stuff. Books are not my only friends, but we’re friendly. So there.”
Maria Dahvana Headley, Magonia

“If you look at the sky that way, it’s this massive shifting poem, or maybe a letter, first written by one author, and then, when the earth moves, annotated by another. So I stare and stare until, one day, I can read it.”
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“I'm dark matter. The universe inside of me is full of something, and science can't even shine a light on it. I feel like I'm mostly made of mysteries.”
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Kelly Moran Thanks for the add! Pleasure to meet you!
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message 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:39PM)

Daniel Maria, Good luck and best wishes from a fellow writer of fact, fiction and science books. We write best about what we know best, Maria. That's what should be taught in school; the rest is just practice, practice, practice with feedback isn't it?

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