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Lydia and Santina Casablanca are twin sisters who were born and raised in Australia. Growing up, they moved around all the time and never stayed in one place for more than three years. They were left at home a lot of the time with nothing to do while their mother worked to provide for them. The twins had wild imaginations and would often play make believe where they lived in a world where only the supernatural inhabited it. They made up all kinds of characters and story lines, and in doing so they did not realize that they were creating magic.



When Lydia and Santina were 14 they noticed they were starting to forget the stories, the characters and the families they had made up. They wanted to always remember the adventures they had gone on when they played, pretending they were witches who lived in a magical place. The twins decided to put down everything they had created on paper so they would always remember.

While writing their book they were suddenly aware that they had a passion for it, and realized they didn’t want their stories to be hidden, to just be shared between themselves. They wanted to share the families they had created, the adventures, the characters with the world. The twins wanted to share their love of writing, their magic, and write for a living.

Lydia and Santina worked on their first novel (The Dawsons) for ten years, adding to the story, maturing and professionalizing it, editing it and trying their best to make it as perfect as a manuscript can be before they approached the self-publishing company Xlibris in October 2016. The twins knew that self-publishing a book was not cheap so they saved up for years, working hard to earn the money that would help them publish their first novel.

Lydia and Santina’s book “The Dawsons” was finally self-published with Xlibris Publishing in April 2017. The twins went through a crazy, exhilarating ride making their book a reality and haven’t regretted taking all the nerve-racking risks in the hopes of becoming successful. They have been trying to get as many people as possible to know about their book, contacting radio and television stations, bookstores, newspapers and social media in the hopes that their dreams will come true.

The twins are now 25 and are living on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia. Lydia is currently working on the second installment to The Dawsons. She is also working on the first novel by contacting anyone she can to popularize their book. Santina helps Lydia with the marketing of The Dawsons whenever she can.

The Dawsons is now available in most bookstores online.

If you would like to support them on their journey and know when their next book will be available you can follow them on their blog or social media pages


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