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About Juliana Spink Mills
Juliana Spink Mills was born in England but grew up in Brazil. Now she lives in Connecticut and writes science fiction and fantasy. She is the author of Heart Blade and Night Blade, the first two books in the young adult Blade Hunt Chronicles urban fantasy series. She has short stories in a number of anthologies, such as Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (Pantheon Magazine, 2019) and Not All Monsters (Strangehouse Books, 2020). Besides writing, Juliana works as a Portuguese/English translator, and as a teen library assistant.
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