Maaja Wentz

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Short Description of Yourself

Maaja Wentz writes fantasy, science fiction, and quirky mysteries.

“Inside of a Dog,” appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Under the pen name Apricot Banks, she wrote middle grade adventures such as Marina Royale and The Hunt for Red Octopus.

Maaja’s Y.A. novel, Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer, won the Wattpad HQ Love Watty award.

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Writing Focus or Interests

Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, and Kidlit.


Professional Skills

B.A., M.A., B. ed.

Published Works and Recognitions

Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer

Marina Royale (by Apricot Banks)

The Hunt for Red Octopus (by Apricot Banks)

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As a teen, Maaja Wentz devoured shelves of mysteries out of admiration for noir style and Sherlock Holmesian brilliance. In university, she read speculative fiction to supplement her literature courses. In her stories, Wentz plays with elements of thriller, horror, and urban fantasy. Feeding Frenzy, was featured by Wattpad and won a Watty Award.