by Inês Barros

by Inês Barros


Once upon a time…

Maria J. Lima was born in Porto, Portugal. After studying Literature, she decided to pursue a life long passion in the Performing Arts and in 2004 she auditioned for the  Balleteatro Escola Profissional. After successfully passing her audition she began studying Contemporary Theatre, where another passion started to develop.

She began to take lessons in dancing and realised it was something she had to follow, so after graduating from Drama School in 2007, she became a dancer and teacher. Her dancing allowed Maria to perform all over the country and own her own dance studio in the heart of Porto. During this time she also began to write for an online magazine as its cinema correspondence.

It was during this period that she also began to write a short film script after being inspired by people she met from the industry.

In 2012, Maria decided to make a huge change in search of something new, and moved to London to challenge herself. She did various jobs while continuing to develop her short film script, and slowly evolving it into a graphic novel.  

In December 2015, after working with illustrator Patrik Caetano for a year , Maria published her graphic novel "Patient EV-136". Later, in September 2018, the Anthology "Apocryphus- Femme Power" was published which includes the story "The Cure" written by Maria and illustrated by Ana Varela and has now an Adamastor Award nomination for Best Fantasy Comic Book. In May 2019 Maria announced her new Comic Book, FireStone that she is currently developing.

Since 2017 she has been an active contributor and writer for the Portuguese website Cinema Pla'Net , covering film festivals and interviewing artists across London.