I teach karate, write things, paint, and have a craft habit. (I can quit anytime. I swear.)  I love a good road trip and a yummy vegan meal. I also like to get out into nature as often as I can.

I write to figure things out. I write because words get stopped up in my head and I have to put them somewhere. I write because I must. That said, I sometimes find I can’t . I try and the words come out all wrong. Sometimes so wrong there’s no fixing them later. These are the days when the darkness is so thick, it’s hard to see the words, the kind of dark where sounds take on qualities.

You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Official bios below the cut.

Short Bio:

Neliza Drew lives in South Florida with her husband and too many cats. When not writing, she teaches kids how to punch each other. ALL THE BRIDGES BURNING is her debut novel.

Long Bio:

Neliza Drew used to write ad copy before turning to crime (fiction). She spent more than seven years in juvenile detention (as an English and math teacher). When not writing, she regularly teaches kids how to punch each other (at a dojo). She eats a lot of tofu but makes up for it with the booze and swearing.

Her debut novel, All the Bridges Burning about a former prostitute who’s been called “hauntingly real,” “kicks a boatload of ass.”  Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Protectors 2: Heroes and Feeding Kate.

Neliza lives in South Florida with her husband and too many cats. She can be found online at nelizadrew.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @nelizadrew.

Longer Bio:

Neliza Drew used to write ad copy before turning to crime (fiction). She spent more than seven years in juvenile detention (as a math teacher). Neliza thinks a lot about the people who live in the margins and much of her writing is inspired in part by her former students.

Her debut novel, All the Bridges Burning about a former prostitute who’s been called “hauntingly real” “kicks a boatload of ass.”  Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Protectors 2: Heroes and Feeding Kate.

When not writing, she regularly teaches kids how to punch each other (as a martial arts instructor). Neliza lives in South Florida with her husband and too many cats. She eats a lot of tofu but makes up for it with the booze and swearing.

A big fan of adventure, road trips, books, vegan cooking, stationery supplies, and art, Neliza loves camping, back roads, figuring out new things to cook at rest stops, and a good roadside motel. She’s also prone to outbursts of visual art.

She can be found online at nelizadrew.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @nelizadrew.

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REVIEW POLICY:

If I review a book, it got into my hands one of the following ways: I bought it; traded for it via a swap site; I found it in my classroom; it was a gift; it was an ARC through NetGalley; it was an ARC/freebie from a convention; it otherwise found me (on at least one occasion, a book found its way onto my plate at breakfast). That said, my filter rarely works so if I say I liked it, I did, and if I say I didn’t, I didn’t. I will always look a gift horse in the mouth.

If you wish to know why I’m disclaiming this, ask the FTC.

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