Alexandria Constantinova Szeman
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Critically acclaimed & award-winning author, Alexandria Constantinova Szeman (formerly writing as "Sherri" Szeman because her 1st editor told her that her name "wouldn't fit on the book cover," & wanted an "easy" first name to go with her "hard" last name) began as a poet before she started writing novels, short fiction, true crime, and creative writing books.

Szeman has Ph.D.'s in Creative Writing, and in English & Comparative World Literatures. Her dissertation, Survivor: One Who Survives (University of Cincinnati)was a collection of original poetry, all of which were accepted or published by university & literary journals before her dissertation defense. While in graduate school, her poetry was awarded numerous prizes, including The Elliston Poetry Prize (several times) & The Isabel and Mary Neff Creative Writing Fellowship.

Her first novel, The Kommandant's Mistress, on the Holocaust from multiple points of view and perspectives, was chosen as one of The New York Times Book Review's "Top 100 Books of the Year". It was also awarded the University of Rochester's (NY) prestigious Kafka Prize "for the outstanding book of prose fiction by an American woman", and Central State University's (OH) Talmadge McKinney Research Award.

Originally published by HarperCollins & HarperPerennial, the novel has been sold to publishers in 10 foreign countries and translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Lithuanian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, among others. It was republished by Arcade after being out of print (OP) for several years, & was optioned for film (though funded, it was never made). The Revised & Expanded, 20th Anniversary Edition was published by RockWay Press.

Her second novel, Only with the Heart, on the devastating effects of Alzheimer's on a family, especially after one of the family members is charged with murder for assisting in the suicide of the terminally ill patient, is on the recommended reading lists of Alzheimer's Associations nationwide. Originally published by Arcade, the Revised & Expanded, Legally & Medically Updated, 12th Anniversary Edition contains new scenes with updated medical treatment/medications for Alzheimer's, as well as new legal definitions and statutes regarding assisted suicide. The book's original ending has been revised to fit the changed legal environment regarding assisted suicide, whether the assisted suicide was intentional or not.

Her third novel, No Feet in Heaven, about two brothers and their female cousin who decide to attain fame by hunting down a notorious serial killer themselves, won praise from several NY editors before it was accepted by a New York Trade House; unfortunately, that House was purchased by a larger NY Trade House: the editor was then laid off, and the book "rejected." The novel is due to be published in 2015.

Her first True Crime book, M is for Munchers: The Serial Killers Next Door, examines female serial killers in general, and those who practice Munchausen's by Proxy (MBP) in particular. MBP women injure or induce illnesses in their children, step-children, or others dependent upon their care, and then attempt to take care of or "save" them so that the women can get love, respect, adoration, and attention for themselves. The manuscript received praise in the UKA Press [United Kingdom Authors Press] 2007 Annual International Writing Competition.

The titular story in her award-winning collection of short stories, Naked, with Glasses, won Third Prize in Story Magazine's "Seven Deadly Sins Contest", and the manuscript won the Grand Prize in the UKA Press [United Kingdom Authors Press] 2007 Annual International Writing Competition.

Her two poetry collections, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs and Where Lightning Strikes: Poems on the Holocaust, both contain critically acclaimed & award-winning poems. Each volume includes several poems from her dissertation, Survivor: One Who Survives (University of Cincinnati). The poems have won several prizes, including University of Cincinnati's Elliston Prize (anonymous competition; three years: Grand Prize, First Prize, Second Prize), an Honorable Mention in the Chester H. Jones Poetry Foundation National Poetry Competition), Michigan State University's The Centennial Review Michael Miller Award for Poetry, an Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest National Writing Competition, and The Isabel & Mary Neff Fellowship for Creative Writing. Both volumes were unanimously accepted for publication by all outside readers of UKA [United Kingdom Authors] Press in 2004.

Love is a Many Zombied Thing, Szeman's first foray into the paranormal, is also the first book in the Paranormal Love Series. Publication date Winter 2014.

Szeman is currently completing her latest literary novel, as well as writing the next book in the Paranormal Love Series, and is about to re-publish her classics Mastering Point of View (originally published by Story Press) and Mastering Fiction (excerpts originally included in Story Press' version of Mastering Point of View). The Revised & Expanded, 14th Anniversary Editions of her creative writing books will be published in 2015.

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Critically acclaimed & award-winning author, Szeman began as a poet, then began writing novels & short fiction, as well as creative writing books. 

Szeman has Ph.D.'s in Creative Writing and in World Literature; her dissertation, Survivor: One Who Survives,was a collection of original poetry, all of which was accepted or published by university & literary journals before her dissertation defense. While in graduate school, her poetry was awarded numerous prizes, including The Elliston Poetry Prize (several times) & The Isabel and Mary Neff Creative Writing Fellowship.

Her first novel, The Kommandant's Mistress, on the Holocaust from multiple points of view and perspectives, was chosen as one of The New York Times Book Review's "Top 100 Books of the Year." It was also awarded the University of Rochester's prestigious Kafka Prize "for the best book of prose fiction by an American woman," and Central State University's (OH) Talmadge McKinney Research Award. The revised, expanded, 20th anniversary edition was published in 2012, and contains discussion questions, along with "The Kommandant",  the original story and poem Szeman wrote which formed the basis of the novel.

Her second novel, 
Only with the Heart, about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's on a family and about the moral implications and consequences of assisted suicide, is on the recommended reading lists of Alzheimer's Associations nationwide.

The titular story in her award-winning collection of short stories, 
Naked, with Glasses, won Third Prize in Story Magazine's "Seven Deadly Sins Contest", and the manuscript won UKA [United Kingdom Authors] Press' 2007 Annual International Competition.

Her two poetry collections, 
Love in the Time of Dinosaurs and Where Lightning Strikes: Poems of the Holocaustboth containing award-winning poems, include poetry from her dissertation. Both volumes were unanimously accepted for publication by all outside readers for UKA [United Kingdom Authors] Press (2004).

Her classic creative writing book, Mastering Point of View, was originally intended for university and college classes, but went mainstream within a month of its publication by Story Press. It is being republished as Mastering Point of View: Using POV & Fiction Elements to Create Conflict, Develop Characters, Revise Your Work, & Improve Your Craft. The revised, expanded, and updated; 13th anniversary edition will include authors who were not published in 2001, Indie & ebook authors; as well as creative writing instructions, examples, and exercises.  for other fiction elements such as Urgency, Creating Realistic Characters, Writing Natural Dialogue, How to Write Erotic or Violent Scenes, etc., all of which were edited from the first published book. 

Her first True Crime book M is for Munchers: The Serial Killers Next Door, examines female serial killers, especially the type who practice Munchausen's by Proxy, where the woman intentionally injures or causes illness in a child or someone else in her care then attempting to "save" that person, sometimes resulting in the victim's death, in order to get attention for herself.

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