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Alexandra Adornetto

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Alexandra Adornetto was only fourteen when she published her first book, The Shadow Thief, in Australia. Her U.S. debut, Halo, debuted in Fall 2010 on the New York Times bestseller list a week after it was published and has been published in over twenty countries. The daughter of two English teachers, she admits to being a compulsive book buyer who has run out of shelf space, and now stacks her reading “in wobbly piles on my bedroom floor.” Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ally is now a college student in the U.S.

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  • An Author Q&A with Alexandra Adornetto

    Get to know Australian eighteen-year-old Alexandra Adornetto, the author of HALO.

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  • Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

    Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens. The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude

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Q & A

Alexandra Adornetto
18-year-old author of Halo
 
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
 
I was thirteen when I wrote my first novel, and I never expected it to get picked up so quickly. When my Australian publisher contacted me and asked if I was interested in turning my book into a trilogy, I realized that people were actually taking me seriously. After that, I started treating writing as my profession and I’ve been doing it for five years now.

What’s the best advice you have ever received about writing?
 
There’s always room for improvement. Everybody is going to have an opinion to offer and suggestions to make and it’s important to take advice on board, because each person is a reader you want to engage.
 
Where did you find your inspiration for Halo?
 
I studied religion in high school. Everybody hated it, but I thought it was fascinating. We looked at the concept of God and the Holy Trinity, plus ideas like salvation and redemption. That was where the idea for Halo was born. In terms of actually writing the book, I was inspired by listening to old country music—where there are lots of references to God, and each song tells a powerful story.
 
Which of your characters is most like you?
 
Aside from being an angel, the character of Bethany is based on me and my own experiences with high school, family, boys, and the world of adolescence. I didn’t have to imagine what Bethany was going through, being a teenager thrown into all these social situations—I’ve lived it! I hope teenage girls are able to identify with her because all the experiences and emotions she describes are real.

How do you balance your social life and school while writing books?
 
A lot of people think that being a writer just means twiddling your thumbs and waiting for inspiration to hit, but it’s a lot of work that includes touring, conferences, and media promotions, as well as the actual writing/editing process. I wrote Halo while I was doing my final year of high school, which was a big challenge. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m free to focus on my career.
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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Heaven

Halo Trilogy

Alexandra Adornetto

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet. Bethany, an angel sent to...

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Hades

Halo Trilogy

Alexandra Adornetto

Heaven Help Her.Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend,...

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Halo

Halo Trilogy

Alexandra Adornetto

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human,...

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