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May 1, 2009
Available: May 19, 2009
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The Better to Hold You
(Abra Barrow: Book 1)
February 1, 2009
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Alisa Sheckley

Photo Credit: Trix Rosen

Alisa Kwitney is a native New Yorker – born, raised and still living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut (English major) and of Columbia University’s MFA Fiction Writing Program, where she openly admitted to reading romaance novels and comic books for pleasure.

Her thesis and first novel, Till The Fat Lady Sings (coming soon to this website), was a comedy of manners about university life and women’s illusions about food, weight and romance. It was published in hardcover by HarperCollins in 1991 to glowing reviews (The Sunday NY Times book review, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, The Library Journal) and not -so-glowing sales.

Her second novel was rejected by everyone with lips.

Alisa consoled herself by getting married to an Englishman in NY, learning to scuba dive (Open Water, Advanced, Deep and Night) and landing every comic fan’s dream -- an editing job at Vertigo, the mature/dark fantasy imprint of DC Comics. For seven years, Alisa enjoyed the luxury of a window office and the indescribable pleasure of being paid to tell other people what she thought.

She also wrote some dark fantasy comics and graphic novels in her spare time.

Alisa’s next project, the birth of her son Matthew, pretty much spelled the end to any spare time. After the birth of her second child, daughter Elinor, Alisa quit her editing job. A year later, she began writing the kind of sharp, sexy, action-packed romantic comedy she was longing to read. Tapping her fond memories of the tropics, scuba diving and sex, she finished it in nine months and took it to the Romance Writers of America national convention in Washington, DC.

At the convention, (where she knew absolutely no one) she met Avon editor Lucia Macro, who recalled reading and enjoying Alisa’s first novel, and had recently looked it up on Amazon to see what had become of its author.

Before long, Alisa’s scuba diving caper had a contract as The Dominant Blonde.

Alisa spends her time shuttling between Manhattan and Pine Plains, NY with her husband, two children and a Burmese cat with dependency issues. She prefers her love scenes sweaty, her humor dry and her escapist fantasies laced with a dash of something real and just a little dangerous.

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