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Maria Grace was born in South Wales, UK. She fell out of the womb with a pen in her hand, ready to write. She wrote stories, poems, songs and whatever else she could think of. She considered herself to be the Penpal Queen and she knew at a young age that she wanted to be a writer.
As a little girl, her favourite book was Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.
Maria grew up with her younger brother. Their childhood was influenced by great 80’s films like The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, BIG, Labyrinth, The NeverEnding Story, Dirty Dancing, Flight of the Navigator and E.T.
Her favourite people are her small, but perfectly dysfunctional group of family and friends. Although, they’re not as cool as her dogs.
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As well as writing her debut novel, Maria has also written for various magazines and news platforms, both online and offline. She studied Creative and Professional Writing at university, where she graduated with first-class honours and was awarded the Stella Levi Prize for Academic Excellence. She was also one of fifteen selected for the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course in 2011.
Maria works as a lecturer and Learning Support Assistant, alongside writing. Her debut novel has been used as the focus study material for units 12 & 13 of the OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technicals in Art & Design at the Nantgarw Campus, Coleg y Cymoedd. She is also available for author visits and creative writing workshops.
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In her spare time, you can find Maria at the cinema, out walking her dogs, socialising with her friends and enjoying nature.
She reads good books and watches bad telly.
She loves to travel and discover new places – especially ancient and sacred sites. She also loves working on her personal, conscious development, and can often be found attending and contributing to health & well-being classes, workshops, retreats and festivals.
She loves the smell of firewood, clean washing, cut grass, baking bread, books, bubblegum, rhubarb and roses.
Her favourite seasons are Spring and Autumn, and her favourite treat in the world is Afternoon Tea.