I was born on the banks of an ancient river in a country which no longer exists.
I began telling stories as a child and never stopped. To date, I have written close to three million words in more than 20 published books. My novel, The Secrets of Jin-shei, has been published in 14 languages. My popular Young Adult Worldweavers series features New World magic and a heroine who is as American as Harry Potter is British.
I like books, embroidery, music ranging from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" to Dvorak's New World Symphony, animals, coffee, chocolate, snow, velvet -- and, in people, kindness, intelligence and an off-the-wall sense of humor.
I am a punaholic, a chronic worrier, sentimental and passionate. I am married to a man who wooed me over the Internet and lured me to America, where I am currently owned by a cat.
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Letters from the Fire
An angry woman lashes out at an American man smugly defending his country's right to attack hers. In the crowded reaches of cyberspace their initial bitter exchanges gradually turn into something else as they discover each other's mind and spirit. Their initial enmity is gradually transformed into an extraordinary friendship and love and they begin to make plans for a life together After the War.
The Book of Questions
This is a book of questions, a manual for finding out what it means to be human. You can ask the questions of yourself to produce a memoir. If you write fiction, you can use them to help you define your characters, make them come alive on the page and in your readers' imaginations.
This book is valuable -- and potentially explosive. Just remember that questions are potent.
Handle with care.
Out of This World
Oscar Wilde once said, ""We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." The stars have always had a powerful hold on Alma Alexander's imagination. "These stories are of places I visit when I choose to travel in a universe full of wonders that could one day be," she says, "rather than wandering along twisted paths laid down in a hand-drawn map of Middle Earth."
The Weight of Worlds
An angel offers a woman a tempting choice of a more fulfilling life, but at what cost?
A sinner finds that purgatory is just another form of hell, and release is milennia away.
A youth discovers that an act of theft has shattering consequences on many worlds.
These stories reveal the world around us that lurks just below the surface, a world filled with magic, horror, power and the unknown.
Sometimes having loved and lost is bitter and the grief is brutally hard to transcend. As the old song says, love's pleasures last for a moment... the grief of love lasts for a lifetime.
And still. We would not live without it. Love is what gives us strength, and gives us courage. Love is the thing that keeps us alive. And in the end it's what life is all about.
Ghost have always been with us, loving ghosts who cling to us because neither the living nor the dead can bear to let go, vengeful ghost. Ghosts can protect, and warn, and hurt. But mostly ghosts remember. They are the very essence of memory, carrying moments of frozen time with them. And with this they both move and frighten us. Here are the stories of three of them.
We think we domesticated cats, but we didn't. They chose us. They came to live by our side in exchange for being fed and adored, and we've been at their regal beck and call ever since. What they bring to us are magic, mystery, and secrets. In this collection of short stories you get a glimpse at what lies behind the curtain. These are the Cat Tales.
Once Upon a Fairy Tale
Enchanting stories from a master storyteller who owes a great deal to Oscar Wilde, whose dark and twisted fairy tales she had devoured as a young reader, and to the dramatic stories of Hans Christian Andersen.
"In my stories there is seldom a Happily Ever After," the author says. "I like my stories as I like my chocolate – dark, and a little bittersweet."
Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax
Human lives are full of moments, bright or dark – moments when you feel your breath being taken away by the beauty of a starlit sky, or feel your heart broken by the passing of a beloved pet, or being surprised by joy, or falling into a memory. There are moments in which you reflect on the things that you do, on the person who you are, on the life that you have lived, are living, or yearn for.
Houses in Africa
When I was 10, I was taken from my quiet, safe corner of old Europe and deposited into an exotic new world. Africa, at once breathtaking and soul-destroying, from the snow-capped mountains and teeming game plains of Kenya and Tanzania to the haunted hunger-stalked dustbowls of Ethiopia and the Sudan – the hideous and the magnificent have always gone hand in hand there.
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