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Alexandra Sokoloff's Biography

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Los Angeles, CA
Mar 2008

I'm a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where I majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for.

After college I moved to Los Angeles, where I have made an interesting living doing novel adaptations and selling original suspense and horror scripts to various Hollywood studios.

My first novel, THE HARROWING, a ghost story, was nominated for an Anthony and a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel last year. The story is based on real incidents from my high school and college years and grew out of my fascination with the correlation between mental/emotional illness and paranormal events.

My second book, THE PRICE, a supernatural thriller, set in a Boston hospital, was called "some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre" by the New York Times Book review.

My third supernatural thriller, THE UNSEEN, iis based on the real-life ESP experiments conducted by Dr. J.B. Rhine at the Duke University parapsychology lab.

My new supernatural thriller, BOOK OF SHADOWS, teams a cynical Boston cop and a mysterious witch from Salen in a a race to solve a Satanic killing. In my new paranormal thriller, THE SHIFTERS, three extraordinary sisters are charged with keeping peace between the underground paranormal communities of New Orleans.

The workbook based on my story structure blog and workshops,  SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, is now available at Amazon, and my story, "The Edge of Seventeen", won the Thriller Award for Best Short Fiction.

I recently served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west; and  on the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America.  I'm also the founder of WriterAction.com, a large and unruly cyber-community of over 2000 professional screenwriters.

Next to writing I love dance more than breathing: jazz, ballet, salsa, Lindy, swing - I do it all, every chance I get.http://alexandrasokoloff.com/

 

Influences

Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Ira Levin, The Brontes, Anne Rivers Siddons, Agatha Christie, Sheridan LeFanu, Anne Rice, Daphne Du Maurier, Thomas Tryon, Shakespeare, Lillian Hellman, Tom Stoppard

Upcoming Works

THE UNSEEN from St. Martin's Press, June 2009
Paranormal Trilogy from Harlequin Nocture (with Heather Graham and Deborah LeBlanc), 2010
GHOST SHIP from St. Martin's Press, 2010
THE HARROWING, UK edition, from Little Brown, October 2009

Agents

Scott Miller, Trident Media Group (book)
Frank Wuliger and Sarah Self, The Gersh Agency (film)

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Publishers

St. Martin's Press, Tor Books, Harlequin Nocturne, Little Brown (UK), Random House BRB (Germany), Hachette (France) Sun Color (Taiwan)