Christina Alex decided her career path when she won Honorable Mention from Cricket Magazine for a short story about bugs. She was seven. Many moons later, as a creative writing major at Haverford College, she penned a novella for her senior thesis that took an infinite number of iterations –and years –to solidify into her first contemporary YA novel.
Journalism was her first day job, sniffing out stories for an award-winning suburban Philadelphia newspaper Main Line Life with a motley cast of characters in a converted garage next to another reporter’s pooch. Her favorite project was a series about a family whose son died of AIDS and their inspiring activism that won a second place Keystone Press writing award, her first of two. Domestic violence and mental illness were the stories that fascinated her, broke her heart and became her passion.
Moving to New York City, Christina graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work with a master’s and spent a decade promoting healthy relationships and preventing dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Christina’s experience coalesced into a series of YA books with interconnecting characters and unique challenges. Additionally, her articles have been published in the New York Post, Washington Monthly, Girls’ Life, The Philadelphia Inquirer among others, which can be found at christinaalex.com.
Now at home in Santa Monica CA, she is an active member of the SoCal Writers Critique Group, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Los Angeles chapter and belongs to the Society for Children’s Book Authors and Editors.
A nature lover, she loves to start her writing day with a 6 a.m. beach boot camp workout or hike to counteract her passion for Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream.