Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, on th shores of the river Danube. When she was ten, her family moved to Africa because of her father's employment with international ad agencies and they spent twenty years there.

She graduated from the University of Cape Town with an MSc in Microbiology in 1987, but quickly left the lab in order to write, first in South Africa and later in New Zealand.

In 1995, she wrote the first of her ten published books, Houses In Africa, a memoir. The same year, she published The Dolphin's Daughter and Other Stories, a best selling book of three fables. She has numerous pieces of short fiction and nonfiction published in South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

In 1999, whan NATO launched a war against her native country, Alma started an often-tumultuous e-mail correspondence with R.A. "Deck" Deckert, a Florida freelance writer and former newsman. Together they wrote an epistolary novel about these dramatic events, Letters From The Fire. The book went from concept to publication in fewer than five months. Alma and Deck were married in June of 2000, and they now live in the northwestern United States.

Her internationally acclaimed novel, The Secrets of Jin-shei, was first published in the U.S. in 2004 and is now out in fourteen languages worldwide (including Turkish, Lithuanian, and Hebrew) and is a bestseller in Spain. The follow-up, Embers of Heaven, published in the UK in September, 2006, is available in five languages. Her fantasy duology, The Hidden Queen and Changer of Days was released in the United States in 2005.

Alma's Worldweaver young adult trilogy debuted with Gift Of The Unmage in 2007, and was followed by Spellspam in 2008 and Cybermage in 2009. Its heroine is a teen as American as Harry Potter is British.

Two new novels are with her agent and she is currently ghostwriting an inspirational memoir. Another young adult series is in the planning stages.

Specialties: general fiction, young adult, fantasy, international and historical novels, biography, memoir, and suspense.