Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a full-time novelist based in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband. Cuban by birth, and American by choice, she has lived in many countries, including France, the setting for her first novel, The Coin, and has held at least as many professional occupations, including time as a dancer, singer, journalist, literature teacher, and now, novelist. A lover of all things medieval, she became a speaker of many tongues—literally—including Spanish, French, Italian, and German, as well as reading Latin, Middle English, and old French. She holds a Masters in English literature, specializing in medieval romances, and is currently an active member of the Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina and Kiss of Death Chapters, and Carolina Romance Writers. She loves to hear from her readers, and always hopes to open a dialogue with her fans.
An Interview with Maria Elena
Have you always been a novelist?
I’ve always been a writer. I started at about age thirteen with a sophomoric science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and I have been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since.
The Coin is very realistic. Did you have to live in France to do research?
Does anyone ever “have to” live in France? I was there for about five years, but I’ve also lived in many other countries. I like to say I am Cuban by birth and American by choice. Right now, I live in North Carolina with my husband.
What are your hobbies?
I spend much of my time writing, and of course, I love to read. I also like gardening—and eating whatever I grow!
What are you working on now?
Now that Richard and Gabriela’s story is finished, I am starting work on a new series about Detective Nick Larson, who shall, for the moment, remain a mystery.