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Alia Hess grew up in the middle of the Idaho desert and spent her hour-long bus rides to and from school reading books on UFOs and the paranormal. As she grew older and developed a passion for art and writing, she never shook her love of the fantastic and unknown.
She lives with her son in a tiny town in Nevada. There, she works as an elementary art teacher and freelance artist.
Alia was named after Alia Atreides from Dune, by Frank Herbert. She is a voracious reader of post-apocalyptic stories, and loves video games, psychobilly music, and the sad beauty of abandoned places.


Other (Fiction)
Science Fiction
Teen & Young Adult

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One Way Ticket - A Travelers Series Story

It’s the chance of a lifetime… or a ticket to an early grave.

Sasha Roborovskiy’s life is in freefall after the death of his beloved grandma.

He falls into a state of drunken ambivalence, running internet scams in his filthy Moscow apartment.

When a bizarre website on the darknet offers him a chance at a new life with a research team in the dangerous post-apocalyptic wastelands of America, Sasha must decide to take the leap, or continue down his self-destructive path.

The deal comes with a catch.

The experimental vaccine needed to live in America doesn’t always work.

Will Sasha gamble everything to find happiness in America?

Or is the trip too permanent—and too deadly—to risk?


Travelers (Travelers Series: Book I)

Amid monsters, marauders, and mysterious drones, is there room for a place to call home?

Owl Melonvine escaped an abusive relationship, only to end up lost and alone in the barren deserts of post-apocalyptic America.

When an accident drops her into the hands of an imposing Islander with no name, she must accept his help…

or die in the wastes.

Caught between her growing feelings for the mysterious man she shouldn’t trust and dangers around each bend of the road

—putrid trashdogs, blood-thirsty highwaymen, roving slavers, and foreign drones—

Owl will be forced to choose between the uncertainty that comes with new love, or going it alone.

Will Owl achieve the happiness and safety she seeks?

Or will old wounds and an uncertain future get in the way?



Paper - A Travelers Story

Fourteen-year-old Owl Melonvine is devastated that her big brother, Corvin, plans to run away from home. Their farming community may be boring, and their father may be a bigot, but Hawthorne kept them safe. Who knew what might lurk in the wastelands outside The Wall? Despite her reservations, if she can't convince Corvin to stay, she's determined to go with him. However, after a small jaunt into the outer world, it is apparent that sometimes the biggest monsters are the ones closest to home.

This short is a prequel to the novel, Travelers, available on Amazon. You can read more about the series at the Travelers website: