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Alexandra (A. J.) Van Belle is the author of The Smoke of Rebirth (commercial YA) and co-author of The Samsara Solution (adult sci-fi mystery) with Danai Christopoulou and Anna Klapdor.


Alexandra's fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies from 2004 to the present. They've worked as a full-time editor in nonfiction publishing and higher education, served as YA acquiring editor at a small publisher, and taught undergraduate writing courses at Boston University. Currently, in addition to writing full time and nurturing new talent through two novel-writing mentorship programs, they are a professor of natural sciences. An ecologist and evolutionary geneticist with a Ph.D. in biology, they draw on their science background to inform the world-building details in their fiction.

Alexandra is represented by Lauren Bieker of FinePrint Literary Management.

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