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Alix E. Harrow

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I've been a student and a teacher, a farm-worker and a cashier, an ice-cream-scooper and a 9-to-5 office-dweller. I've lived in tents and cars, cramped city apartments and lonely cabins, and spent a summer in a really sweet '79 VW Vanagon. I have library cards in at least five states.

Now I'm a full-time writer living in with my husband and two semi-feral kids in Berea, Kentucky. It is, I'm very sure, the best of all possible worlds.

My debut novel--a historical fantasy called THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY--will be out in Fall 2019 from Orbit/Redhook.

My writing is represented by Kate McKean at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

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Alix E. Harrow Thank you so much for asking, because it gives me the chance to be super clear: THIS BOOK IS NOT #OWNVOICES. I am white and my protagonist is a young…moreThank you so much for asking, because it gives me the chance to be super clear: THIS BOOK IS NOT #OWNVOICES. I am white and my protagonist is a young woman of color in the early 1900. (Her specific lineage is a fairly sizeable spoiler, and the confusion of labels early in the book is a representation of the early-20th-century obsession with racial classification, and a reflection of its limitations). I hope I have represented January's experiences with both historical accuracy and empathy, but readers specifically looking to read and support authors of color should skip mine.

There are better/smarter lists out there, but if you're looking for authors of color writing adult fantasy, I've recently LOVED Rebecca Roanhorse, P. Djeli Clark, Cass Khaw, Rivers Solomon, and R.F. Kuang. (And N.K. Jemisin, but that goes without saying).

And also, while I'm here...THIS BOOK IS NOT YA! I adore YA, and this book definitely has some crossover appeal--there's nothing R-rated in it--but it was written for adult readers.(less)
Alix E. Harrow 1) Thank you so much for reading. It still, STILL, feels wildly unlikely that other people might read and enjoy my book.

2) I really didn't/don't plan…more
1) Thank you so much for reading. It still, STILL, feels wildly unlikely that other people might read and enjoy my book.

2) I really didn't/don't plan on this book being the first in a series. But there are a lot of--ahem!--doors left unopened. In a world of infinite other worlds, there's an infinite amount of room for other stories to slip in through the cracks.

3) .....But I do have another book coming! An unrelated standalone about suffragette witches in the 1890s.

3) I mean, if someone shows up tomorrow and says, "here is some money, we'd like to make your book into a Netflix special," I would be over the moon!! But they haven't yet.(less)
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“The will to be polite, to maintain civility and normalcy, is fearfully strong. I wonder sometimes how much evil is permitted to run unchecked simply because it would be rude to interrupt it.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

“It’s a profoundly strange feeling, to stumble across someone whose desires are shaped so closely to your own, like reaching toward your reflection in a mirror and finding warm flesh under your fingertips. If you should ever be lucky enough to find that magical, fearful symmetry, I hope you’re brave enough to grab it with both hands and not let go.”
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