Maria Sansalone


Maria Sansalone resides in Springfield, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jim, a college math professor, and an almost 10-year-old house bunny named Aurora. She actively keeps the memory of her son, William, alive by working with both the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club and Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund, and by writing stories she knows he would have loved to have heard.

Maria holds a Master of Arts in Oral Traditions from The Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in English from American International College. By day, she is an associate editor primarily responsible for cross-reference for Merriam-Webster Inc., the dictionary and reference publishers.

Maria is traditionally published as the story editor and parent co-author of Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors, O'Reilly. Dragon Fights For Good: We Walk As One is her first self-published story.

Smashwords Interview

The art in "Dragon Fights For Good: We Walk As One" by Frederick C. Wilda is amazing. What scene is it from?
Maria Sansalone: Toward the very end! The dragon here is The Ancient One---she's stuck without wings guarding an earth dragon fortress that is about to explode deep beneath the Earth. She is the daughter of the Great Earth Dragon that battled Beowulf, and she hates humans as much as her father once did. Fred Wilda, the artist, is a professional artist and recognized mineral artist. This was done in watercolor. That's using the kind of pigments that typically come out light and fluffy, unless you know what you're doing! This interpretation is meant to represent a throwback to a tyrannosaurus---a very terrifying one. It certainly gives me the shivers, so I think it accomplishes that.
You were the parent co-author for "Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors," and now you're publishing children's fiction?
Maria Sansalone: Absolutely! First, what an incredible experience to gather the stories and experiences of individuals, families---siblings included! Go sibs!---for this book (available on a different network). I will be forever grateful to Nancy Keene for asking me (and to the parents who, because of their own journey and timing, had to turn down the opportunity).

Second: Going through ANY experience like this, as my family has, a childhood cancer journey, any journey dealing with chronic disease---YOU are the hero undergoing battle. And you look to any and all guides to bolster your courage. Lions and tigers and dragons included.
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Dragon Fights For Good: We Walk As One
By Maria Sansalone
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Watercolor Art by Artist Frederick C. Wilda highlights this dragon fantasy featuring Dragons, of course! And humans, a volcano, and a long history of differences between dragonkind and human peoples. From the eagle of Aesop fables to the legend of Beowulf: A MODERN TALE OF DRAGON BATTLE and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DRAGONS.

Maria Sansalone’s tag cloud

adventure    aesops fables    beowulf    chapter book    courage    dragons    fantasy    rogue    science fiction    william   

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Smashwords book reviews by Maria Sansalone

  • A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story) on Oct. 01, 2013
    star star star star star
    Graceful writing and a solid read for any age. I thoroughly enjoyed it---and I promise never to follow any beautiful woman beyond the buoys.
  • The Land of Miu on Oct. 30, 2013
    star star star star star
    I feel so fortunate to have found "The Land of Miu" by Karen Lee Field! Out of all the books I've come across for middle grade/YA/young people, this story is the first I've read that considers the real possibility of "How does a young person learn to trust and love a stepfather, even a good one?" I love geology, I include geoscience in my own stories, so a world built out of ancient caverns and fire wells is awesomely fascinating to me! Thanks and well done.
  • Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy #1) on Dec. 01, 2013
    star star star star star
    I think this book is as close to perfection as you can get for the first of a YA trilogy. It has suspense and intrigue and secrets the military doesn't want the world to know built around a world full of extraordinary beings. Jackers should rule readers---instead, they're hunted to extinction and for illegal experimentation. Kira is a perfectly imperfect "zero" to hero with swoon-worthy male counterparts.