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Hi, I'm Tima Maria, and I write vampire books, but not just any vamp books - mine are Roman soldiers cursed by a Pictish witch in the 3rd century.
So, how did I start this series? In a previous life (before I started writing) I was a practicing archaeologist and historian, specializing in Roman Britain. Later, I took up high school teaching, as it gave me the opportunity to take my students on overseas excursions to visit the amazing archaeological sites they'd only seen in books.
Then one day, I surrendered to the itch of writing. After many years reading and correcting my students' creative writing tasks and essays, I decided it was time to write my own. I couldn't hold it in any longer.
BLOODGIFTED is the result.
In 2011, it was shortlisted in the Atlas Award - sponsored by a boutique Brisbane publisher - and eventually came fourth.
In 2012, it was listed among the top ten in the Choclit, Search for an Aussie Star Competition.
In 2013, I was offered a publishing contract, but declined in favour of going indie. I liked the idea of being in charge of my own creation.
BLOODGIFTED is just the start of a three part series I've entitled, THE DANTONVILLE LEGACY. Later, I intend writing individual books on the other characters in the series, for they all have their own story.
Currently, I live on the Central Coast, an hour's drive north of Sydney, surrounded by wooded hills, possums and seed-dropping rosellas. Between bouts of writing, I teach English and History, enjoy long walks while dodging the nesting magpies and plot the next series of books I'd like to write.
Twitter - @TimaMariaLacoba
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My website - http://timamarialacoba.blogspot.com