About Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is an award-winning romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her suspense novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a Cuban exile and global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.
Her novels have received several awards, including a bronze medal for The Coin at the Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards; a silver for The Book of Hours from Author Shout Reader Ready Awards; two silver medals for her short story collection, The Fish Tank: And Other Short Stories, at the Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards and at the 2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards.
The author’s creepy short story, “Retribution Served”, is featured in the anthology Book Dreams: Volume 1, and can be read at her website, under Other Works.
Recently, the author delved into the detective/mystery genre with her recently published Hanging Softly in the Night: A Detective Nick Larson Novel. It has been described as a “gritty police procedural, set in New York City, with an added dose of crazy,” and has won a bronze, an honorable, and a top pick gold from Global Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and Author Shout Reader Ready Awards.
The author’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story; but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher in both the university and middle school levels (and not necessarily in that order) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.
Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her next novel and other short stories. She lives in Florida with her husband and her dog, Amber.