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It’s super late and I have to be at the airport in five hours. Why do I always do this? This time I actually thought I was super prepared and I’m STILL doing things this late at night! I was going to be awesome and schedule blog posts to go up while I was…
It’s super late and I have to be at the airport in five hours. Why do I always do this?…
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Do you ever go through periods when you don’t feel like yourself? Not your best, not happy, not relaxed in your own skin? Well that’s been me for a while now. I know exactly the reason, just not the cause. The reason, was I’d lost my connection to God.…
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If you’re still alive, are you living? I mean, LIVING. Living out loud. Living in color. Living-Laughing-Loving kind of alive. Are you? Because I don’t think I am. But I am trying. I’m learning. I’m pushing myself to step outside out of my comfort zone.…
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My favorite trick to cheer myself up when I’m feeling low, is to sing like a crazy person. Country songs, children’s songs … but my favorite is opera. I love to sing Caro Nome in an old witch’s voice. Or The Queen of the Night’s aria in a high, fluty…
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My father-in-law was my favorite. I loved him from the moment we met. He was funny and smart, compassionate and perceptive. He understood me. I felt he understood all of me–my heart, my mind, my potential and my struggles. He was beyond special to me.…
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Self Publishing my First Audiobook
I'm pleased to announce that I've begun self-publishing audiobooks. My first, RUM RUNNER , is currently available. What took me so long to self-pub audio? It all began 30 years ago... When I was a sophomore in high school back in halcyon days of 1986, I was...
I'm pleased to announce that I've begun self-publishing audiobooks. My first, RUM RUNNER, is currently available. What took me so long to self-pub audio? It all began 30 years ago... When I was a sophomore in high school back...
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Any artist will tell you, it’s almost impossible to “succeed.” Because what is success, anyway? Unless you have a very clearly defined definition of success–I’ve succeeded because I wrote a book. I’m successful because I’ve made $20,000 in book sales,…
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My mom loved Kenny Rogers. We listened to his albums so often that I knew all the words to every song by heart. One of my favorites was “The Gambler.” You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run ……
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In the social media classes I teach, I always talk about “Media Monday” but I rarely have the opportunity to go into detail about what I mean. I thought it was high time I remedied that! Here’s what I do, each and every Monday, to stay on top of my social…
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I think a good solid plot pass should be your first step in revising a novel. In this pass you’ll examine your story for structure–does it flow? Does it tell the story you wanted it to tell? Does it hit the appropriate “beats” or “pinch points” that…
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Part 6 of my journey is up:
I felt gratified that my first novel was well received, but I discovered that no matter how well you think things through with a novel, you’re apt to make mistakes.For example, I knew that I wanted to write fantasy, but my publisher thought I was doing so well in science fiction, that
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Last week I wrote about my lame revision process and my desire to find a method that will work for me and truly improve my work. But first I had to go backwards and spend some time really getting to know my characters. I’m actually a bit torn at this…
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Education
  • Acadia University
    Music & Political Science, 1989 - 1991
  • University of Western Ontario
    Political Science, 1988 - 1989
  • University of Guelph
    Political Science, 1987 - 1988
  • Westminster Secondary School
    1982 - 1987
  • Oakridge Elementary School
    1980 - 1982
  • Bramalea Middle School
    1978 - 1980
  • Clark Elementary School
    1973 - 1978
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Female
Birthday
July 20
Relationship
Married
Other names
Sandi Nelson, Alex Nelson, Alex Cross
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I write books! Ali Cross books for teens & adults; Alex Banks for younger readers. Find me: www.alicross.com & @ali_cross
Introduction
I'm the sensei of the Writer's Dojo where I hold a black belt in awesome. I live in Utah with my kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.

I'm the author of the YA/NA Desolation series, and the MG sci fi Jump Boys as Alex Banks.
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Award winning best selling author, Wife of 20+ years, Mom of twin boys (12 years old!), Bachelor's degree in political science, Opera singer, Writer's dojo sensei, Friend, Latter Day Saint
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  • Novel Ninjutsu
    ninja author, black belt book formatter, present
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West Jordan, Utah, USA
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Boise, ID, USA - Rexburg, ID, USA - Wolfville, NS, CAN - London, Ont, CAN - Guelph, Ont, CAN - Bramalea, Ont, CAN
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