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About Cassandra

The short version

Cassandra Austen writes romantic, slow-burn literary fiction set in Old and New England. She lives and writes in a 1780s farmhouse in northern New England, where she homeschooled four amazing young adults and was a dedicated swim and row mom. In a previous life, she was a U.S. diplomat and a Wall Street banker, and holds a B.S. in international economics from Georgetown and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Harvard. Cassandra Austen is the nom de plume of writer and editor Maya Rushing Walker. The Portrait is her first novel.

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