Welcome to Author Ally Malinenko
Ally Malinenko lives in Brooklyn where she wakes at an ungodly hour to write. She’s had poetry and stories published online and in print, including her first collection of poems, entitled The Wanting Bone (Six Gallery Press). Her second book of poems, Crashing to Earth, is forthcoming from Tainted Coffee Press.
Her children’s novel Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, the first part in a series, is forthcoming from Antenna Books.
Coffee. But I don’t drink coffee. Strange, no?
Yes. I have the second Lizzy Speare book which I am currently working on, another WIP about chess and time travel and alternate dimensions and doppelgangers and another WIP about the time I was in high school and fell off a waterfall.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Jonathan Muse’s theme song is Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I would have to go with Poseidon because being the god of the sea sounds pretty sweet. Also you can breathe underwater like Aquaman!
From the age of 8 and up I wanted to be a writer. Prior to, it was a toss-up between a cowgirl and a dinosaur.
All of them. Even the bad guys.
What do you do in your free time?
Read, write, keep a journal, go on really long walks and mostly obsess about Doctor Who
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Favorite places to travel?
Travel is one my favorite things in the world so I can’t pick one place. But I will say that my trip to London/Stratford-Upon-Avon and my trips to New Orleans are especially special. In the former, I saw Shakespeare’s grave. In the latter, I visit one of my favorite cities every other year.
Not long enough which usually leads to a lot of revision. Or too long which also leads to a lot of revision. Still working on that perfect balance.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I write in a big closet in my apartment. It’s a nice cozy nook with built in bookshelves and enough space to fit my writing desk, my fake Christmas tree and my comic book collection. And I always have a cup of tea at my side and often a loud mouthed tabby cat at my feet.
Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb
MEET LIZZY SPEARE…
…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)
Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud going back nearly five hundred years. Is that why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her?(Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in the tomb of that bald guy with the goatee? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?
In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.
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