Maria Sansalone


"Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt." --Shakespeare

Maria Sansalone lives in Massachusetts, with her husband, a college math professor, and a 10-year-old house bunny named Aurora. They honor the memory of their son, William, by working with Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund, promoting geoscience, supporting childhood cancer awareness, and through her stories they know he would have loved to have heard.

Life's turns are such that Maria is working on a master's in education with certification in special education (moderate disabilities). This, after realizing how important story elements are to all our lives: In 2013, Maria completed a Master of Arts in Oral Traditions (doing some awesome research on the influence of contemporary dragons) from The Graduate Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from American International College. She has been very fortunate to work as part of the editorial team for Merriam-Webster, the dictionary publishers, as an associate editor (in cross-reference) for the past 24 years. As you probably can tell, Maria loves digital literacy, loves Storytelling, and loves working in HTML.

Besides cross-reference contributions to some of Merriam-Webster's most important references, Maria Sansalone is traditionally published as the story editor and parent co-author of the first edition of Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors, 2001 CR, O'Reilly. Dragon Fights For Good: We Walk As One is her first self-published story.

§ Storyteller: Maria Sansalone
§ Illustrated by Artist Frederick C. Wilda of
§ In print, multiple digital, and Audible formats.


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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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.

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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

    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.