Mari Biella

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Bradford-on-Avon, The United Kingdom



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Mari Biella was born in Wiltshire, England, of Anglo-Welsh parentage. Growing up in a small town, she took refuge in books. The progression from reading to writing seemed entirely natural, and the result was a deluge of terrible juvenilia, which has, mercifully, all been destroyed.

These days Mari lives in Northern Italy. She'll read just about anything she can get her hands on, but she particularly loves fantasy, the supernatural, horror and historical novels. She writes because she loves writing, and has a day job because it's a grim necessity. Pressures of work allowing, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and embellishing an already tortuously complicated fantasy world.

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Do you ever find yourself wondering what’s happening to time? I sometimes swear it’s in a state of constant acceleration, hurtling towards the abyss at breakneck speeds and dragging us with it. It seems like just yesterday that I was tearing all the Christmas decorations down, and now they’re all back up again.

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"I don't think we'll ever learn the truth of what happened at Gruhuken. However I know enough to be convinced that something terrible took place..."

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Mari Biella Thank you Majenta!

Majenta Hello, Mari! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books! I hope you're having a good weekend after a triumphant week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta

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