SciFan Featured Author Ani Manjikian

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1) Who are you?

Born and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer, and aesthetic instincts of a photographer.

Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, she set out to finish a single horse story and get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.

While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction and need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.

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2) What have you written?

Stars of Heros spans from the 19th Century to the 26th Century and beyond. The series title is a tribute to, and a word play on, the main themes in the books: horses, space, family, and heroes. Whether ordinary people or aliens, these heroes try to make a difference on their home world.

The series has three parts. The core which is a continuous serial following the adventures of Jo and her family as they help Jeff get back to his home in the twenty-sixth century. Origin Worlds offers insight and back stories that don’t fit into the timeline of the core series. Time’s Puzzle is a tangent idea set in the Stars of Heros universe with completely new characters and the idea of looking at events from an alternative perspective. Since it hasn’t been decided whether TP will cover only the events in the other parts of the series or real life events as well, it won’t be written until at least the core series is complete.

There are currently two books published in the series: Spirit of the Lone Horse and Do You Believe in Legend? Spirit of the Lone Horse introduces Jo Mason and her family. During a quiet walk in the woods, Jo faces the choice of running away from her fear or taking back control of her life. Her decision begins an adventure that weaves a tapestry through past mistakes and regrets, present circumstances and consequences, and future hopes and dreams.

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The Masons’ story continues in Do You Believe in Legend? It seems Jo’s destiny is surviving a chaotic world she can’t control. That is until a man from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. Jo hopes he can give her some answers. There is only one slight problem… He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help.

3) How does your story classify under the genre of Science Fantasy?

The series combines the Science Fiction elements of time travel, starships, and future technology with the Fantasy of shape changers and paranormal abilities. For good measure, there are some Paleo-Balkan mythology and horses thrown in.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/22281

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