Featured #SciFan Author: Aaron-Michael Hall

Aaron-Michael Hall.jpgAaron-Michael Hall is a Speculative Fiction (Epic Fantasy and Science Fantasy with an edge) author from Southern Illinois. Since she was three, she has loved to read. Whether it is historical, fantastical, or scientific, she will devour it with ease.

When she was younger, Aaron-Michael would get lost in the fantasy and sci-fi worlds created by Andre Norton, N.K. Jemisin, R.A. Salvatore, Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin, and R. Scott Bakker.

Now, when she is not interviewing indie authors on her Desu Beast Blog at aaronmichaelhall.com, being super mom, or managing her 9 to 5, she is interweaving genres and adding just the right edge to keep you turning pages.

Being from a large family, Aaron-Michael would often steal away high in a tree or nearby wood seeking solitude. While enjoying the peace her natural surroundings provided, she created her own worlds and languages. Some characters and elements created then are used in her current series (The Rise of Nazil and The Shifter trilogies). One of her created languages, Mehlonii, is comprised of hundreds of words. For a sample of the spoken Mehlonii language created for this fantastical series, please visit her website.

One of her favorite quotes: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” -Toni Morrison

That is exactly how The Rise of Nazil trilogy, The Shifter trilogy, and the Rites of Heirdron duology, were born. Aaron-Michael first began writing The Rise of Nazil (book I) more than a decade ago. It was a book that she wanted to read and could not find. Most of the Epic/High fantasy was cookie cutter, featuring elves, dwarves, wolves, orcs, etc. She says, “There is nothing wrong with that, and I have enjoyed it immensely over the years. However, I wanted to read about diverse characters, new creatures, species, and worlds. I wanted more “realism” in my epic and science fantasy.”

Two other important elements are magic and technology. These are integral for the classification of fantasy and science fantasy. She explains, “Albeit, I grew tired of the overuse of both. Naturally, you expect magical elements as well as brilliant new technology. Nevertheless, I do not allow the use of either to overshadow the characterization and plot. They should be aspects of these fantastical worlds, but not dominate them.”

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When she thought of fantasy worlds or future Sci-fi, Aaron-Michael saw more than what she read in books or saw at the movies and on television. Most of the protagonist’s appearance was similar, as was that of the antagonists. She elaborates, “My series does not follow this trope and delves deeper into the humanity, tribulation, and perseverance of all of us. I refuse to shy away from some of the atrocities committed in our world, past and present. Even though Faélondul is a mythical land, most of its inhabitants are human. As such, their humanity shows throughout as does the truths that accompany it.”

Currently, Aaron-Michael has published The Rise of Nazil trilogy (The Rise of Nazil – Book I, Seed of Scorn – Book II, and Piercing the Darkness – Book III). Her second epic fantasy trilogy (The Shifter) has also been written. The First novel, Blood of Oisin releases February 2017. All of the current titles are available on Amazon.

Aaron-Michael’s science fantasy duology, Rites of Heirdron – Book I, is set for a spring 2017 release. The second novel in the duology (Orbs of Trenihgea) will be released three months later.

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Speculative fiction is defined as a mixed genre which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy. It also sometimes incorporates elements of horror fiction.

When attempting to properly classify her novels, they appeared to fit into several general genre classifications. Aaron-Michael never limits her writing to fit into a neat cast crafted by sociological restrictions. This was even more so with Rites of Heirdron. The story’s main setting is in the Ahmezurhran galaxy. Even though there are alien species, numerous planets, and futuristic technology, there is an abundance of fantastical aspects as well. It is not merely science fiction; it is science fantasy. The seamless merge of both genres intertwine to create a new and magnificent galaxy and inhabitants.

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