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Biography

Malaena Medford was born in California, spent her early childhood in Utah, and eventually moved to Wyoming where she began writing stories at age twelve. She still resides in Wyoming, where she continues to pursue her passion for writing, crafts, and game development.

 

Her first book, Rage of Wolves, was originally written as a short story for a quest submission in a video game, where it got many positive reviews from peers. The quest story was declined, and so her friends and fans convinced her to start writing it as a novel. The step into the world of fantasy and fiction writing prompted many other projects. She incorporates her own dreams and personal experiences into these works.

The original Lycantis - Rage of Wolves blossomed into The Saga of Lycantis novel series, then inspired additional single books to the series. The Lycantis franchise will always be her favorite among her different works.

~Book biography

 

 

A bit of summary:

My name is Malaena Medford (muh-lay-nuh, if you're tripping over that). I'm also called Lycantis by friends and family. I'm a female "werewolf" living in America at present.

The condition I have as a werewolf, often called "werewolf syndrome", is known collectively as hypertrichosis. My specific variant is hirsutism, which is excessive non-androgen male-pattern hair growth. I'm just like everybody else. I like relaxing in the forest, listening to everything from classical to metal, and snacking on the occasional human or two.
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I have this delightful condition called porphyria; a specific kind which makes me violently intolerant of light with both skin and nervous system problems. Yes, the sun is trying to kill me. *hisses and retreats into the darkness*
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I'm hyper-flexible because of a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, like those dudes squeezing through a tennis racket. Problem is, this is a connective tissue deficiency, so my bones just kind of float around whenever they want with chronic dislocations and pain. Makes for a great party trick at times, but loose joints and ligaments make life really difficult, and as a result, I use forearm crutches to stay upright for long periods.
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The EDS comes with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS or dysautonomia), where the blood vessels don't behave. When I stand, my blood pools in my legs and doesn't return to my heart or brain. Nuff said.
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Most people are familiar with autism, but they have no idea what it really is. It's not being slow or being nonverbal or shrieking (mostly--but admit it, we all want to just shriek sometimes), it's just a difference in the brain that makes people like me different on a social and academic level. I still don't know how to human, and adulting is hard. I literally had to take classes on how to act like a human being. The only time I can handle crowds is when I'm on stage, hilariously. EDS is very common in autistics.
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Because of my conditions, I started attending Kaplan University, now Purdue University Global. At some point while poking around healthy diets, I adopted the ketogenic lifestyle. I lost around 200 lbs (91 kg), reversed multiple diseases (not the above ones, they're genetic mutations), and my broken self is more manageable now that I can actually reach my toes. My dive into the world of science came about after a near-death experience where I lost a large portion of blood volume and felt mortality in the form of excruciating pain from my intestines rupturing before I lost consciousness, then I woke to exhaustion from the blood loss and terror knowing I was nearly on my deathbed in that moment. My hospital stay involved me coming to the conclusion that I wanted to become a scientist in the field of nutrition and health. That is my beginning as a nutrition specialist. This is what my scholarly articles will be on, with access to the supporting evidence for anyone who is curious.

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