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Liselle Sambury is a Canadian author whose brand of writing can be described as “messy Black girls in fantasy situations.” She is a social media professional and spends her free time embroiled in reality tv because when you write messy characters you tend to enjoy that sort of drama. She also shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author.
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 BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Berry College and her MA with honors in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. She works as a blog formatter for BookBub, a tutor for Write Academy, and has been a Now Novel writing mentor in the past.
Alyssa is represented by Amber Caraveo at Skylark Literary. Her award-winning 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” – came out Fall 2018 with Roaring Brooks/Macmillan (U.S.), Piccadilly Press (U.K.), and numerous foreign publishers. Her second book The Invisible Boy released Fall 2020.
A book-lover since before she could read, Seabrooke wrote her first (marvellously wish-fulfilling) stories with her sister as a pre-teen. After a detour through a B.Sc. in Zoology, she found her way back to books in the publication of two field guides to moths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 & 2018). Nearly twenty years after her first forays into writing fiction, she rediscovered the joys of storytelling (now with fewer Mary Sues) and hasn’t looked back. She currently balances her nonfiction publishing contracts with her (much more fun) action-packed spec-fic YA writing, slotting both in around her day-job as a full-time mom. She lives in eastern Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two young kids, and menagerie. Someday, she’ll have time to sleep again.
Alyssa Hollingsworth, Liselle Sambury, Seabrooke Leckie