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My novels won a couple of awards and draw on my experience as a single woman in New York, LA and Bucharest.


Background Information


Like Ayn Rand in literature or Craig Ferguson in late night comedy, two of her idols, Romanian-born I like my to create my own rules: it's the immigrant experience.

Before my debut as a novelist, I was known as a quirky columnist and founder of Manhattan Chronicles, where I published provocative, witty essays about relationships shifts at the dawn of the 21st century.

But let's start with the beginning. I was born in Bucharest, where my father was an eccentric comedy playwright and my mother a charismatic French teacher. When I first first saw my Dad speaking to himself and laughing while driving his car, most likely saying the lines of whatever comedy he was then writing, I knew that my father was "different".

After the fall of communism in 1989, my formerly drab life changed completely, as I was soon admitted on top of the list at the leading University of Drama and Film in Bucharest, the hardest to get into in the entire country. In my second year of college I started working for television, producing and directing my first documentary of 90 minutes at the tender age of 22, and my TV series about theater by the time I graduated from college. During that time I travelled extensively across Europe covering the arts.

However, I left that safe, charmed life, and changed my destiny completely for the second time, when I moved to New York after an experimental eye surgery in 1998. With black post surgical sunglasses, no friends and no money in her pocket, I took a series of odd jobs and experienced the hardships and adventures of being a first generation immigrant, which later inspired my writing.

My debut novel was DREAM JUNKIES written in 2005 and published for the first time in Romania in 2008, where it was an unexpected best seller; then MY LIFE ON CRAIGSLIST, Finalist of the Best Books Award for Women Fiction in 2011, and THE OTHER GIRL, Winner of the Best Indie Novella in 2012.

My heroes are vibrant misfits, immigrant New York women and men, at different ages and stages of their lives in the city with a keen sense of humor, unusual points of view, at some crossroads of sorts.

Not sure who my influences are. I love so many writers, screenwriters and playwrights, but I am writing in my own style. However, let me toss a few favorites: Woody Allen, Norman Mailer, D.H. Lawrence, Chuck Palahniuk, Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, Tom Wolfe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ellie Wiesel, Paul Coelho, Margret Mitchell, Jennier Egan, Philip Roth, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, John Patrick Shanley, etc.

I live in New York, on the Upper East Side. Thank you for taking your time to read my page, or even better, my her books and if you like them please leave a brief review them on Amazon.





 

Accomplishments

Winner of the award for the best indie novella of 2012 by Next Generation Indie Awards
Award-winning finalist for the Best Books Award USA in the women fiction category with "My Life on Craigslist: A Novel"
Member of Pen American Center.
Member of Dramatist Guild of America.
Member of the Union of Romanian Writers.
My novels have been on best selling lists in various Amazon categories and also in Europe.

Additional Information

I am also on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon and BN, and I welcome your reviews.

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My Life on Craigslist: A Novel
Craigslist can be a real sharkfest! But it’s a mirror of who we actually are. Alexandra Ares takes these two statements to their darkest and funniest place in this unputdownable satire of today’s wildest mores brazenly unleashed on America’s largest free online dating website. A zany and original New York girl trolls it for fun, love, sex, relationships and everything else, doomed to run from trouble to trouble. Meet Emily Thompson, 25, quirky, wholesome, with a keen eye for contemporary art. One year after she moves from Buffalo to the trendy East Village, where she lands a job in an art gallery and an artist boyfriend, her life is turned upside down when she loses everything. Alone, broke and depressed, she turns to Craigslist to find - for free - everything she needs for both fun and survival. She soon discovers a wild, flawed world where everyone is either the con or the conned, and decency has flown both the laptop and the desktop. A roommate who is rarely home, turns out to be an escort, which makes Emily get on her high moral horse, but later, when Emily herself becomes an escort for a day things spiral out of control... With her chilling wit and trademark unconventional insight, Alexandra Ares delivers a fast-paced, rakishly entertaining and ingeniously plotted soulful novel that confirms her status as one of the hottest new writers around.

The Other Girl: A Novella
Provocative, gritty and experimental, The Other Girl tells the story of a conversation between a man and a woman on the edge, torn between the desire to belong and feel alive, and the desire to break away from unfulfilling love. Maxim Smirnov, a young Russian immigrant in New York dreams of becoming the next software billionaire like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and to move in with his gorgeous girlfriend. In the meantime he has no home of his own and sleeps like a gypsy on chairs and in his office. When his lover is reluctant to take him in, he ends up moving in with an older Italian girl Giordana Gatti, a reclusive film animator with a powerful personality and feminist ideas that clash with his macho upbringing. She is "the other girl" in more ways than one, and guards an old, secret, unrequited love story. How will her fierce spirit and masochistic passion reflect on his own future choices? Provocative, gritty, and unforgettable this slim novella is about Atmosphere, ideas, feminism 2.0, all with just the ghost of a plot. Alexandra Ares writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the equally dark sides of passion and solitude, and the tenderness of hope.

Dream Junkies
In love and life, escapism is often the name of the game... A New York woman helps an overly optimistic friend pursue her secret crush on the West Coast, embarking on a picaresque, funny and touching trip to L.A. that will spiral into chaos. The year is 2005. The Congress has just approved the war in Iraq and many New Yorkers are fed up with the American dream and thinking of fleeing the country. Kitty Roman is one of them. She is disenchanted with the superficiality of the news industry in which she works, and with her many affairs, which always elude real love. She packs to return to her native Europe, yet, a last minute chance encounter with an eccentric, overly optimistic artist, Desert Rose makes her embark impulsively on the trip of her lifetime -- to the West Coast. The accidental odd couple takes us on a fascinating and sometimes hilarious journey through the heart of the American Dream, from New York, filled with intellectual and artistic elites, to glamorous Los Angeles with its complicated movie moguls and bohemian art community. Although they have different views about love, life, and the American Dream -- one still believes in its magic and one doesn't -- at the end of the road they both follow their true passion. A gripping page turner in which self-irony and lucidity blend wonderfully with lyrical interludes, Dream Junkies offers the reader a critical view of the American Dream and an uplifting story of spiritual revival.






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