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About Alyssa

Alyssa Casto is an award-winning writer of the short story CAUGHT IN TERROR. Her work has appeared in many places including; On the Platform, Waiting, Reader's Digest and the Tuscarawas County Bargain Hunter and two children's books, WHITE ELEPHANT SURPRISE and ARCANE ADVENTURES, (writing as Alyssa Mayley.)


Alyssa grew up in a small town in Ohio and eventually landed in a slightly bigger town of Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, children and a fluffy kitty named, Moonlight.


Alyssa Mayley Books (2nd Pen Name) 

Children's Books By Alyssa


AGES 3-7

Billy, a little boy with a big imagination, hears the phrase "white elephant gift exchange" and daydreams about the amazing adventures they will have, but taking care of an elephant might present a few big problems.


AGES 8-12

A middle grade short story and poem collection of whimsical fantasy adventures about pet dragons, spy teddy bears, a snow globe penguin, playful autumn winds, and a mighty griffin filled with plenty of mystery and mischief.


What Book Are You Working On Right Now?

I always work on more than one project at a time, but my priority project is YA Fantasy novel about mermaids, mischief, magic, and monsters. Currently, I'm working on book two.

How Do You Juggle So Many Projects At Once?

It can get a little overwhelming at times, but with ADHD I've found that if I don't have a diverse pool of projects to work on every day, I'll get bored and flounder. It's only recently that I've found a good routine that works for me and allows room in the day for most of the things. (Although, I'm always looking for ways to improve processes and systems.)

When Do You Plan To Release Your Novel?

I have a date set in mind, but worry that I'll disappoint if I fail to meet it. Since this would be the first novel, I want to make sure it is as good of a story as I can make it and not rush the process—no matter how long it takes.

Do You Have Anything Else I Can Read In The Meantime?

Yes, I have an award-winning story published Caught In Terror(2015), and many stories, articles published around the web, and books published on as Alyssa Mayley, my other pen name.

Why Do You Have Two Pen Names?

While writing my children's book, White Elephant Surprise, I was deep in grief from losing my beloved Grandmother. I wanted to do something special in memory of such a beautiful soul. The Mayley name (spelled Malee) is from our family on her side and I thought, what better way to celebrate her than with a story I had written for our family. I don't regret following my heart during those painful years by choosing to write as Mayley, but I feel it's time to step back into my own, true name and breathe life into stories that ignite my imagination and enthrall me with excitement and adventure.

What Can We Do To Support You?

I believe my stories and art reasonate with readers of all ages, but it's hard to get the these stories out there for others to enjoy. So, aside from purchasing my books and merch, I would appreciate it if you could like, comment, and share to help me spread the word.