Well, folks, this website has never been very up-to-date at the best of times, but considering that the last post I made was a year ago, I think I have exceeded myself! Still, some amazing things have been happening which I would like to share.

Love Is the Drug was nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult (and middle grade) literature by SFWA! I am so excited about this. The Summer Prince was nominated last year, and I am honored beyond words to have this recognition twice from my peers. Members of SFWA will be able to download a review copy until March 15 (though they can read it after). So please if you’re at all interested take the opportunity to get a copy during the window of its availability.

And secondly, my short story A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i, originally published in the July/August issue of F&SF, edited by the inimitable C.C. Finlay, is up for the novella Nebula Award! I truly feel that this is one of my best stories, though it’s in a category that is so stuffed with brilliant work I would just as happy not to win! But for the voters, SFWA members can access the story in the forums right now, and that link above also goes to an online version for easy access.

I’ve also posted this online because there are many Hugo voters who are not SFWA members. I’ve never  thought of the Hugo in a serious way before, but I am proud of this work and I would be very happy to be considered. So if you can vote for the Hugo, I hope you’ll take a look at this story and consider it for the Novella category.

That’s all for now. Greetings from sunny Mexico, where the food is delicious and I have way too much work to finish 🙂


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  • Maria Parenti-Baldey says so:
    November 12th, 2016 |

    Thanks for the Nanowrimo tips.

  • Jamie Sproles says so:
    February 18th, 2017 |

    Any idea on when the third book from moonshine with be released? I’m dying! I have read and reread the first two so many time I probably know them but heart now. I LOVE history. And if I read fiction it’s usually some type of historical fiction so this was just a prefect fit and it’s such a different twist. I’m on pins and needles wait!!!

  • Anne Bassmn says so:
    August 29th, 2017 |

    Hi Alaya. I read the summer prince and racing the dark a while ago, and recently decided to re read racing the dark. I loved it so much I moved on to the next book the burning city and loved it. I saw in your website that circumstances didn’t allow for the series completion, but is there any chance of it being finished in the future? I just want to know what happens to Lana and Kai and if Akua gets what she deserves! (btw also loved the summer prince)

  • alaya says so:
    September 3rd, 2017 |

    Hi Anne! Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my books, and I always appreciate Lana love 😉 Unfortunately, I don’t have any plans in the near future to finish the series, but I’ll definitely let people know here if that ever changes. Thanks!

  • Brooklynn McGee says so:
    February 15th, 2018 |

    Dear,Mis.Johnson I really love your books and I’m really excited that i got u for a black history report but there’s not much about you on any website and i want to know a lot more about you if you like to tell my email is and i would really love it. Again i really love your books but if you would want to or if you don’t you don’t have to i’ll understand.

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