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Alix E. Harrow Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-Savage (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Patience and Not-forsaken (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alix E. Harrow is an upcoming author of fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and historical fiction stories. She hails from Kentucky, United States and considers herself a full-time reader and a part-time history adjunct. Several of her stories have been published in Strange Horizons and Shimmer. Recently, Harrow has finished writing her first full length called The Ten Thousand Doors of January. It is expected to be released in September 2019. During her spare time, Harrow likes to do gardening, herding pets, writing, and looking after her dilapidated house. Author Harrow is happily married and is blessed with two sons. She lives with her family in Berea, Kentucky. She was born on November 9, 1989, and has been a student and a teacher. Before she tried her hand at writing stories, Harrow worked for various other jobs. She has worked as a cashier, ice cream scooper, farm worker, and has also been a regular 9 to 5 office dweller.

Harrow has lived in cars, tents, cramped apartments in cities, lonely cabins, and has lived a summer in a ’79 VW Vanagon. The one thing that remained common throughout for Harrow is a library. She maintained a habit of visiting libraries and reading her favorite books. Author Harrow has library cards in more than 5 states. Now, she has settled down in life and works full time as a writer. Her husband and other family members provide their support to her passion for writing. Harrow considers her hometown as the best place on earth to live and is very much attracted to it. The writing of author Harrow is represented by a literary agent named Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Harrow says that she did not discover the power of public libraries until she became a teenager. She used to live with her family down an unpaved road in western Kentucky. The nearest library in her town was filled with outdated encyclopedias and books on Christia romances. So, she focused her attention on the personal library of her mother, which also became the first library she loved. Her mother had many fantasy paperbacks from the 80s, several literature books from her undergrad in English, and some books stolen from the library in her high school. This way, Harrow grew her interest in libraries and books. The process of writing her first story was pretty much straightforward for Harrow. It is inspired by a thing that she used to do along with her best friend in college. They would camp out in the college’s library and text each other call numbers as hints to their location. Later, this idea inspired Harrow to write a whole story. She began talking to librarians and listen to the stories that they had to face on an everyday basis.

Harrow says that developing the narrator’s character was easy for her. She always saw her as a talkative, conversational, gossiping lady. The events described in the story are taken from many places, including Harrow’s own experience during graduate school, her wishful thinking, etc. Harrow believes that maps tell stories on their own, which is quite evident in her story as well. Her story touches map making, cartography, and creating and telling stories through maps. Harrow thinks maps are cultural artifacts of ambition and imagination and can communicate everything, including imperial domination, myth, nationalism, etc. So, when a person is reading a map, they are already falling into the world’s particular vision and thereby a particular story.

Growing up in Kentucky has had very little impact on Harrow’s storytelling style. She moved around a lot when she was a kid and developed a fondness for only a particular type of storytelling. Author Harrow is happy to know that the readers like to read her stories and is grateful to them. She is also grateful to the critics for appreciating her efforts and saying good things about her books. Harrow is hopeful of writing many more interesting stories in the years to come. She wishes to write numerous other stories and become much more popular among the fans of young adult, science fiction, and fantasy novels. Currently, she is working on the next novel of her writing career and hopes to get the love and support of readers and critics from all parts of the world.

The debut book written by author Alix E. Harrow is entitled ‘The Ten Thousand Doors of January’. Its story revolves around the life of a girl named January Scaller. Harrow has set the story in 1901. Initially, January Scaller is introduced as a seven-year-old girl, who finds a Door that leads her to a different world. By moving through that Door January Scaller could visit Faerie, Atlantis, Valhalla, and various other fantasy lands that are not located on the map. Several years pass by and January Scaller forgets about her exciting discovery. She lives a lonely and quiet life on the estate of her guardian. January feels safe and away from all the tensions of the world, but there is no excitement in her life. One day, January Scaller discovers a strange book that is filled with the descriptions of other worlds. The strange book also contains information regarding numerous secret doors that can lead to adventure, love, and danger.

After coming across this book, January thinks that it might lead her to the Door that she had discovered in her childhood and now remembers it only in bits and pieces. January’s excitement and adventure come to a sudden halt when she realizes that she is being chased by creepy shadows. She learns that these shadows don’t want the truth of the secret doors to be revealed to the world. Author Harrow has implemented stories’ importance in the plot of this book in a wonderful manner. She has used some other important themes such as love, family, and adventure to describe the story. This book is believed to have the power of changing people’s perception, make them more knowledgeable and open-minded, and allow them to experience adventure in a different way. The huge plus point of this book is its main character. Harrow has depicted that names have meaning, power, and a life of their own, which is accepted by the readers wholeheartedly.

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