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About Alyssa Hillary
They've been into writing since high school, writing narrative essays, academic essays, poetry, and short fiction, typically science fiction or fantasy. Disability themes are also common, and even when disability isn't a theme per se, disabled characters have a tendency to show up. Forced homogeneity of the cast is a very poor plot driver, after all.
Supposedly, their disability and/or creative writing is done "on the side." This may or may not be accurate.
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