Alia Hess


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.

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One Way Ticket - A Travelers Series Story

It’s 2168, and twenty-two-year-old Sasha Roborovskiy’s life is in freefall after the death of his beloved grandmother. He falls into a routine of drunken ambivalence, running internet scams in his filthy Moscow apartment. When he happens upon a bizarre website on the darknet offering him a start at a new life with a research team in the lawless wastelands of America, he thinks this is the chance he needs to turn himself around and be someone Grandma would approve of. However, the opportunity comes with a catch, and Sasha’s not sure it’s one he can live with. This is a prequel to the Travelers series by Alia Hess.


Travelers (Travelers Series: Book I)

Owl Melonvine is lost and alone in the barren deserts of post-apocalyptic America until an accident drops her into the hands of a mysterious Islander with no name. With his imposing stature and unknown intentions—and past mistakes haunting her—she is hesitant to accept help but has no other choice. Traveling together along buckled highways and through overgrown ruins, secrets are shared, pasts are explored, and feelings creep into damaged hearts. Getting to her destination is not an easy task, even with her sarcastic and gentlemanly companion at her side. Dangerous and bizarre things wait at each turn of the road, and Owl’s past choices travel with her. Will the miles she walks put enough distance between her and old wounds? And does road’s end lead to a new love and new life?



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: