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Maria Dahvana Headley


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Maria Dahvana Headley is an American writer. She graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1995, and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program from 1996-2000. Headley is married to Robert Schenkkan, a playwright and screenwriter.
 

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Paranormal Romance
 
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Lake City (2019)
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Spear (2022)
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