New York Times best-selling author, soap opera insider, and pioneer in online storytelling, Alina Adams, was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated with her parents to the U.S. at age seven, where she learned English by watching American soap operas at their home in San Francisco.
Her years glued to the television paid off. She received her B.A. and M.A. in broadcast communications at San Francisco State University and in 1994 became a writer at E! Entertainment Television's daily talk show Pure Soap. She went on to work at ABC Television as a writer for the transition of the soap opera Loving when it was reincarnated as the daytime drama The City. She also worked as a researcher for the Daytime Emmy Awards for ten years.
In 2001 she joined Procter & Gamble Productions as website producer for As the World Turns and Guiding Light, became their creative content producer in 2006, and served as their creative director of online serials in 2009. There she penned As The World Turns book tie-ins, Oakdale Confidential (New York Times' bestseller) and The Man From Oakdale (2010 SCRIBE Award winner), and co-wrote the Guiding Light tie-in book, Jonathan's Story (also a New York Times' bestseller). At Procter & Gamble she also pioneered the concept of online continuations of a soap opera, with www.AnotherWorldToday.com and Mindy's Twitter, changing how and where the genre -- that began on radio -- can be seen. The innovative format met with fan support and perhaps paved the way to where the industry stands today.
Her latest groundbreaking project is Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments ($9.99, September 19, 2011), an Enhanced Electronic Book chronicling daytime drama's greatest moments over the past 75 years as voted on by Award-winning actors, writers, and producers, as well as other television industry professionals and of course, the fans. The Enhanced Electronic Book features exclusive interviews with the scenes’ most prominent players; links to classic video clips; and updates on “Where Are They Now?” Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments is the first book of its kind both technically and editorially, written by an accomplished best-selling author and leading expert in the daytime television genre.
In addition to the soap world, Alina is an accomplished fiction writer and television producer. Her knowledge of Russian took her around the world as a figure skating researcher and television producer for ABC, NBC, TNT and ESPN. She used her experience to write a book series of figure skating mysteries (Murder on Ice, On Thin Ice, Axel of Evil, Death Drop, Skate Crime) for Berkley Prime Crime publishing. The books are available in print and as Enhanced E-Books with professional skating videos embedded in the text as an integral part of the story. She also published a biography of Sarah Hughes three months before Hughes won the 2002 gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
She founded Alina Adams Media in 2011 to help other published authors turn their books into Enhanced E-Book titles. She is the producer on Dan Elish's children's fantasy novel, The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Multimedia Edition, and serves as a consultant to other authors.
Alina lives in New York City with her husband and their three children (ages 4, 8, 12). She has written about her interracial, interfaith and intercultural family for Interfaith Family Magazine and The Forward and has written columns and articles for dozens of publications.
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