Alaya Dawn Johnson


Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of six novels for adults and young adults. Her novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her most recent, Love Is the Drug, won the Andre Norton Award. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Subterranean, Zombies vs. Unicorns and Welcome to Bordertown. In addition to the Norton, she has won the Cybils and Nebula Awards and been nominated for the Indies Choice Award and Locus Award. She lives in Mexico City. @alayadj.

A Bowl of Questions

Chatting with the Coffeeshop Hermit, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson is a busy woman but between attending graduate school in Mexico City and writing Tremontaine, she sat down with us for an ant egg tamale and some spicy chocolate. We had questions. She had answers.

From The Writers' Room

Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine Ep 5: “The Dagger and the Sword”

I wrote this episode on a ten hour long train trip through the Pennsylvania countryside, which probably sounds more romantic than it was. Amtrak trips are awesome and fun for exactly as long as it takes you to go through the food you brought with you. I think I ran out around hour two.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 5: “The Dagger and the Sword”

With Ben murdered, Tess needs a new protector . . . and Kaab, deeply infatuated, is determined to screen all applicants at swordpoint.

From The Writers' Room

Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine Ep 2: “The North Side of the Sun”

A few months before Tremontaine was a real thing that had writers and characters and a plot, it was some nebulous notion that Ellen put to me over her kitchen table one afternoon while I was visiting.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 2: “The North Side Of The Sun”

The dance begins as paths cross in surprising ways.

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