About Alyx Dellamonica

After twenty-two years in Vancouver, B.C., I've recently moved to Toronto Ontario, where I make my living writing science fiction and fantasy; I also review books and teach writing online at UCLA. I'm a legally married lesbian, a coffee snob, and I wake up at an appallingly early hour.

Biographical Backstory

I spent my early childhood in various community theaters, prompting actors who’d forgotten their lines, running errands for carpenters and sound techs, and scrambling up eighteen-foot ladders to hang lighting instruments. As a young adult, I spent two seasons with a repertory theater company and a third performing in drag as a male whiskey trader at a living history museum before succumbing to my first passion, writing science fiction and fantasy.

I learned to write by writing. I wrote and wrote and wrote; then I went to Clarion West in 1995, got some excellent feedback, came home and wrote some more. With help from many patient teachers, editors and fellow writers, I got better. I’m working on getting better still.

Since 2013 I have been living in Toronto, Canada, where I study yoga, pursue the perfect espresso and take thousands of digital photographs. Those that don’t end up on Flickr can often be found on Instagram.

In 2003, I finished my first novel, Indigo Springs. It was a momentous summer: a few weeks after the novel went to market, the Supreme Court of B.C. ruled in favor of legalized same-sex marriage. A month later, I achieved a lifelong dream by marrying my long-term partner, author Kelly Robson, at one of our favorite places, the UBC Botanical Gardens.

After selling numerous short stories to a range of literary, mystery, fantasy and science fiction markets I saw the publication of Indigo Springs, my first book, came out in 2009, and promptly won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Blue Magic, the sequel, was released in 2012 to rave reviews.

I then dove into a trilogy, The Hidden Sea Tales. The first book in the series, Child of a Hidden Sea, was released in June of 2014. The next, A Daughter of No Nation, was released in December 2015 and won the 2016 Prix Aurora for best novel. The final book in the series, The Nature of a Pirate, brought the series to a gut-wrenching conclusion.

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Blue Magic

 The sequel to Indigo Springs opens with the U.S. government preparing to try Sahara Knax for treason, while Astrid Lethewood and a growing number of volunteers try to find ways to safely maintain the spread of magic into the real world. Law and order breaks down in the U.S. as several factions vie for control over enchantment.

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Witch-burners square off against the Alchemite cult, hundreds of soldiers caught in the crossfire go missing, and police struggle with the fallout from power outages and storms–even murders!–triggered by the use of mystical objects.

In Indigo Springs, Astrid promised the residents of a realm called the unreal that she would restore the mystical balance: freeing them and returning magic to the real world. But making a promise is easier than keeping it. The raw vitagua has been cursed, turned by an ancient cult into a contaminant that turns people to animals, animals to monsters. If Astrid cannot reverse that ancient spell, the continued spread of magic can only be catastrophic.

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Indigo Springs

When small-time criminal Albert Lethewood is murdered, he leaves his daughter Astrid a house in the town of Indigo Springs. Suspecting a scam, she nevertheless moves into the house with two friends. There they discover several mystical objects, including a penknife capable of terrible–perhaps limitless–destruction.

Soon it is obvious the old house is a cover for a wellspring of magical energy, and that Albert Lethewood had a secret life as the wellspring’s keeper. It falls to Astrid and her friends: dependable, heroic Jacks Glade and volatile Sahara Knax, to puzzle out the nature and purpose of the magical well.

But Albert’s killer is still out there. Worse, the mystical power is deeply seductive. . . and Sahara might be willing to risk everything, even Astrid herself, for control of the well.

Listen to a six-minute reading of the (spoilery) sex scene: Indigo Springs Sex Scene

Need it now? The mass market paperback edition of Indigo Springs is out as of November 2, 2010, as is the Kindle Edition.

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Teaching

Learning to write is a lifelong process. There’s always some element of the craft you can–and should!–be striving to improve. My quest to get better, as a writer, led to my reviewing books and participating in workshops… and, eventually, teaching courses through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and University of Toronto.

I am currently on a break from teaching and am no longer accepting new students either for classes or one on one mentorships. However, I do sometimes blog about the craft of writing, generating mini-lectures and other resources for new authors. Links to writing essays can be found here.

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Learning to write is a lifelong process. There’s always some element of the craft you can–and should!–be striving to improve. My quest to get better, as a writer, led to my reviewing books and participating in workshops… and, eventually, teaching courses through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and University of Toronto.

I am currently on a break from teaching and am no longer accepting new students either for classes or one on one mentorships. However, I do sometimes blog about the craft of writing, generating mini-lectures and other resources for new authors. Links to writing essays can be found here.

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Nobody writes immaculate first drafts. Learning to read well and deeply, and to give honest, open-hearted critiques to your peers is the path to learning to make your own writing better.

Passions

Like all of you, I love so many things. I love the natural world, and take a lot of pictures of birds, flowers, and things seen from the trail. I enjoy art, music, dance, good food, art museums, television, film, and books by other writers. I like history, architecture, churches, and saucy grafitti:
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What are your passions?