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Official Interview: McKinley Aspen

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Today's Chat with Sarah features McKinley Aspen author of Praesidium.

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1. Where did your love of reading and writing come from?

My Aunt Margaret always gave me a book for every occasion (birthday, holidays, etc.) and I loved that. I found it to be a unique way to use my imagination and "see other worlds". I was further encouraged by the scholastic book fairs that used to come to the schools, along with the "preview flyers" where a student could look up and order the book on the flyer. And then, the books would come after waiting for what seemed like FOREVER. One of my favorite books of all time NANTUCKET SUMMER was purchased from that program!

2. Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I personally think a writer is a writer whether it be full-time or part-time. Sometimes, and I am sure all writers/authors will agree with me, writing cannot be "blocked into a 9a-5p job." It has to organically bubble up. So sometimes I may not spend the entire day writing, but throughout the day, there will be segments of writing. (And sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and put that onto paper as well.)

3. Let's discuss your book Praesidium. For those that are unaware, tell us a little about the book.

Praesidium means protection in Latin. This is the first book in the Shadows in the Wind series. I like to refer to the series as a classic cocktail of action adventure with a dash of empowerment and a dollop of the supernatural.

It is the story of the lineage of Angels that are alive and well on the earthly plane. They are here in the shadows and walk beside us, protecting us and caring for us - bringing HOPE to the world. JUST BECAUSE WE CANNOT SEE IT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT THERE.

4. Did you choose science fiction or did it choose you?

It chose me - it poured out of me. And, while sometimes I thought it was "science fiction," I have been told it can also fall under Urban Fantasy as well as Action Adventure Fiction. Who knew?

5. Are any of the characters modeled after real people? Which character do you most relate to?

A few of the characters have taken a "nod" from people in the world - but most are crafted from scratch.

6. The reviewer mentions coincidences. How do you view them? How do they fit into the book?

Coincidences are nods from the Universe - nods where the Angels will, and often do, intercede.

7. What makes this book different from all the other science fiction books out there?

This book has a strong undertone of HOPE woven through the entire story. Additionally, this book is written CLEANLY. That means NO CURSE WORDS. This was not intentional; it is just how the story poured out of me and I am thankful because this has caused the book to reach a broader and more diverse audience.

8. This is a series. How many books are planned? Can you give us a preview of the next book?

Three books are currently planned. Book two entitled COGITATIO (meaning REFLECTION) will be available this coming August 8th and then book three will be available next year, September 9th.

I like to end with fun questions.

9. What's your favorite author?

I absolutely love Brian Panowich (Like Lions was an amazing book), as well as Kim Conrey (Who just won Georgia Author of the Year) and Jane Enright.

10. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

I think the future of writing/reading is strong. Especially given the current climate with the Hollywood writers' strikes and actors' strikes ongoing ... This is an opportunity for all of us to step out and get some great work out into the world!

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12. What's your favorite color?

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It makes me so happy by reading and watching interviews of my favorite authors, as Micknkly Aspen became one of them! Yes, I read her novel Preasidium recently and posted the review too. I simply loved the book and the best part was, as she also mentioned in her interview that the book was written CLEANLY and NO CURSE WORDS were used. I love that! Additionally, the storyline was so smooth. I am truly waiting for the next part to be released!

Thankyou, for this insightful interview and Thankyou for writing this interesting book!
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