What: Maria Alexander is a multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning and Anthony Award-nominated author of both YA and adult fiction. She’s also a student of Japanese swordsmanship. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog.
Where: Los Angeles
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
Congrats on your recent Bram Stoker Award! Can you tell us a little about SNOWED?
SNOWED is a YA paranormal mystery about the teen skeptic Charity Jones who discovers she should not only believe in certain Christmas myths, but she should be afraid of them.
What went into creating Charity Jones?
Charity is today’s teen. Because of her racial background, her family’s dysfunction, and her intellectual gifts, she’s got a lot to deal with. But throw in the complicated business of online life and the resulting information overload, and teens today have way more to process today than I did when I was in high school.
Super excited that my rock and roll noir story “Dead Beats” is now live on Flash Fiction Offensive.
I’m referring to it as #NoiRnR. Let’s see if it catches on.
I wrote the story before I discovered Flash Fiction Offensive, but once I did I knew for certain where I wanted to publish it. And then I got lucky.
Click on the link and you will find both my flash fiction for “Dead Beats” along with a very special reading of it by my good friend and rock & roll lifer, Marko DeSantis. Not only was he the guitarist for Sugarcult, touring the world with the likes of Green Day and Blink-182, but he’s played with Bad Astronaut, Nerf Herder and The Swingin’ Utters—to name a few. On top of all that, he’s also a great writer, storyteller and incredible rock DJ. Check out his show “Endless Party Radio” on the Independent FM Thursday nights. It’s killer.