Here you’ll find a few different biographies for press use, as well as more photographs!
Biography (350 words): Lia Habel was born in Western NY, and has lived there the majority of her life. The only child of geeky parents (although her father would never describe himself that way, despite his Halo addiction), she was reared on a combination of horror and action movies, classic literature, cult television shows, and video games. A promising start.
She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, receiving her B.A. in English Literature with honors, as well as the University of Leicester, UK, where she earned her M.A. in Museum Studies. Although she received an excellent education at both institutions, Lia was always unlucky when it came to finding work in her chosen field – a fact which compelled her to jump from low-paying job to low-paying job just to make ends meet. She was, at various times during her life, a makeup artist, an envelope-opener, a retail clerk, a grocery scanner, a door guard, and a substitute teacher.
The first draft of Dearly, Departed was written in 2008, during one of her many periods of unemployment. The ideas came to her in a rush, and she wrote the first draft in roughly a month. A mix of silly sci-fi and paranormal themes, equally tongue-in-cheek and deadly serious, Dearly, Departed exists as a testament to Lia Habel’s deep love of horror movie monsters, “ugly” heroes, and sweeping tales of Victorian romance. Lia is especially dedicated to keeping her good-guy zombies true to the zombies she grew up with and so ardently admires – readers will watch their favorite characters rot before their eyes as the series progresses.
While the Dearly series is currently on hiatus, Lia is moving into self-publishing. Her first self-published book, Familiar Things, launched on October 28th, 2014.
Miss Habel lives with her boyfriend and their furbaby, a black cat named Struensee. She enjoys attending anachronistic and steampunk events, watching zombie movies (her goal is to watch every zombie movie ever made), sewing all manner of things, and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books.
Biography (100 words): Lia Habel was born in Western NY, and has lived there the majority of her life. Her most recent book, Familiar Things, is a magical take on small-town life set in an alternate 1950s universe. Miss Habel enjoys attending anachronistic and steampunk events, sewing all manner of things, and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books.
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