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Alyssa was born in small town Milton, Florida, but life as a roving military kid soon mellowed her (unintelligibly strong) Southern accent. Wanderlust is in her blood, and she’s always waiting for the wind to change. Stories remain her constant. Alyssa received her bachelor’s in English/Creative Writing from Berry College and her master's in Creative Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. Alyssa is represented by Amber Caraveo at Skylark Literary. Her debut The Eleventh Trade – "a powerful story of love, loss, friendship and hope, centered around Sami, a young refugee from Afghanistan now building a new life with his grandfather in Boston" – will be published Fall 2018 by Macmillan (U.S.) and HotKey (U.K.).

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Bless My Characters!

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Concept art of my OCs by Laura Hollingsworth/Lostie815

In the world of Blessings and my still-unnamed WIP, fair folk can bless humans. (Think the Disney opening of Sleeping Beauty.) I have one character with 601 blessings, and one character with 250.

What I want to do is actually make a list with a bunch of blessings that I can then pull from while writing. Since each blessing is given by a different fair one, I thought—what better way than to have individual people help me brainstorm?

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Summer at Fort Monroe: Concerts by the Bay

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Photography by Laura Hollingsworth

On every Thursday during the summer, Fort Monroe hosts a band down at the gazebo by the bay. People can bring chairs and blankets, sit on the lawn and watch boats sail by as they listen to jazz or popular tunes or big brass bands. The local Boy Scout troop sells hot dogs, chips and drinks. It was always fun and relaxing, and occasionally made me long for a dance partner to go sambaing down the sidewalk with.

As the grand finale of concerts, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has the final…Continue Reading

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Summer at Fort Monroe: The Insides

Fort Monroe by Laura Hollingsworth/Lostie815
Fort Monroe by Laura Hollingsworth/Lostie815

There’s been a lack of life stories around here recently, so I’ve prepared a few of my favorite parts of the summer for you in the upcoming entries. Let’s kick it off with some adventures in history!

One day whilst wandering about and minding my own business, I began to push on some of the doors along one part of Fort Monroe (built in 1819 and literally a few blocks from my parents’ current house). They were mostly locked or nailed shut, but then one gave…Continue Reading

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Creative Writing Tips: 3 Reasons to Listen

Creative Writing Tips: 3 Reasons to Listen

REASONS TO LISTEN WHILE REVISINGWhen I was preparing my manuscript for my magical beta readers, I decided to give it a complete read-through in the most merciless way possible. If I expected them to read a 90,000 word novel for me, I wanted to at least make sure they weren’t tripping over typos!

There are three ways you can listen to your text: By reading it out loud to yourself (or, even better, with an audience), by asking someone else to read it to you, or by employing a robot.

I’ve done the first two before and they work well. However,…Continue Reading

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New Project Preview

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I recently made official on Facebook and Twitter what Pinterest already knew: I’m working on the initial stages of my next manuscript.

As Blessings does its final lap before being sent out to 6 lovely, superhero-esque, Shakespeare-sonnet-inspiring betas on August 31 (fingers crossed), I’m allowing myself to start blowing off steam by indulging in some plotting, character sketching and graphics making for the project that will very, very likely be my graduate school manuscript. And because I’m in the honeymoon stage where everything is discovery and roses, I’m going to share a few things about…Continue Reading

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10 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

10 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

If a friend or a loved one has Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are a lot of little ways you can show support—including giving the occasional present! Below you’ll find of a list of helpful gifts you can give to show you care.

From the extremely practical to the extremely thoughtful, find a gift for your friend below…

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3 Childhood Books and What They’re Still Teaching Me

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As a child who read over 500 books before she was thirteen (my school curriculum was very reading intensive), there are only a handful of books that stand out in full color among the wash of other stories. Of these books, I still remember very specific moments—and sometimes, even a quote.

The following three moments still spring to my mind frequently. They fascinated me as a child, and they still fascinate me as a person, a reader, and a writer today.

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