SciFan Featured Author Ani Manjikian


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.


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.


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.

#SciFan and #LitRPG Genre Tour


Welcome to the fairgrounds for the SciFan and LitRPG Genre Tour for B2B CyCon 2017! SciFan Magazine is proud to host this Genre Tour, and are excited to announce the release of two special issues:

SciFan Magazine April 2017 – LitRPG Edition


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When did you first start writing?

When I was 15. First published in 2013.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

The story that began on a fantasy world has now expanded to space as the aliens faced in my fantasy trilogy return to fight humanity among the stars.

What motivated you to become a writer?

I had a story in my head since I was 15. I refined it over the years, wrote notes and snippets of stories. Then one day I heard about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. I wrote my first book in 2 weeks (the rough draft) trying to enter it, but missed the deadline by 5 hours. That was for the best, though. What motivates me to continue writing is to share the stories in my head not only with others but with myself.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?shadow-fall

Writing the triumphant scenes where the good guys are down and there looks to be no way out (the dark night of the soul, etc.) and then, if my book were a movie, the music crescendos as the tide turns and the good guys win.

What do your fans mean to you?

My fans mean everything to me. I want them to enjoy the stories I write. I too am a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, and so I like to connect with fans as both a fellow avid reader and as the author of books I hope they enjoy.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the second book in my Dark Tide Trilogy (space opera), Eclipse, and also writing a story for a Kindle World belonging to Lindsay Buroker and her Fallen Empire series. The story for her Kindle World should be out in April, while Eclipse will be out at the end of March. After that it’s on to book two in my Dark Tide Trilogy, Ruin. Then in summer 2017 I will be opening my own universe up to other writers and putting out a “story bible” of sorts as a guideline. Authors will be able to obtain a license for free from me to write stories in my universe, retaining all royalties and copyright, with the only stipulation being they link to a page where all the books in my universe are listed.

Who are your favorite authors?

Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Elizabeth Haydon, Terry Goodkind.


What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

Well, aside from the day job and kids and household responsibilities, the desire to continue the stories I’m working on.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I spend time with my wife and kids, read, watch television with my wife, play computer games and walk and bike ride (weather permitting in Michigan).

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

Yes. It was called “The Windriders” and is long lost to a reformatting of the computer it was saved on. It was an early version of Dawyn Darklance who appears throughout my fantasy and science fiction books. In the story he led a group of mounted soldiers known as the Windriders. I later scrapped that idea and replaced them with rangers, but the concept is still there in the back of my mind for future stories.

What is your writing process?

I outline chapter-by-chapter with a few paragraphs describing what happens in that chapter. Once the entire book is outlined I begin writing in chapter 1 and write until the end. I’m not so inflexible that I can’t add to the outline as I go, but I really find having an outline keeps me on track and from wandering aimlessly through the story.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I remember the first fantasy story I ever read. It was “Rhapsody,” by Elizabeth Haydon. I was thirteen at the time and I was just enchanted by that book. It was my first fantasy book, and from that point on I devoured countless fantasy books as a teenager.

Is there anything else you would like new or existing readers of your writing to know about you?

I would like new or existing readers to know that I always strive to provide the best story possible while remaining true to my vision of where my series and characters are going. I want readers to know that I value them and want to interact with them more.

What’s the best way for fans to interact with you?

They can visit my Facebook page (, give it a like and send me a message.


In your own words, what is Science Fantasy?

The most popular science fantasy example, in my humble opinion, is Star Wars. You have science and technology mingled with the mysterious Force, which is for all intents and purposes magic. Not only that, but hyperspace and all the systems in Star Wars just are, with no explanation. And that, to me, is part of the wonder and magic. Star Wars is a space opera and thus part of the larger science fantasy umbrella because it’s focus is on the story, not the science or technology or even the force. It’s about compelling characters moving through an interesting world and the drama they face.

How does your story classify as Science Fantasy?

My book Emergence classifies as science fantasy because in my universe there exists “magic” in various forms. The primary form is manipulation of matter and energy. Want to create fire? Rub particles together with your mind very quickly. Want to command light? Bend it with your mind. There are other forms of magic also, such as shapeshifting, shifting (shifting into an alternate plane of existence for long distance travel) and time manipulation.


Globes Disease is an emotionally deep suspenseful thriller that adds a distinctive edge to an already established sci-fi/horror genre. The novel follows an eclectic ensemble of characters who live in a small town called La Mort Douce, “The Sweet Death”. Aptly named for all the sacrificed lives and left-behind souls of the natives, slaves, immigrants, and settlers that now haunt the once mining town.

Presently, the seven victims of Lycanthropy are forced to face their emotions, family, friends, a werewolf-hating vampire, a LRRP team called the Hunters, and a government lanceagency called the Institute. The Institute, under the guise of offering a cure, wants to experiment on them and possibly use them for military applications.

Globes Disease is a story about Lycanthropy seen through the eyes of the seven brave souls who suffer from the disease. Do you have it?

Lance Oliver Keeble was born on August 19th, 1964 in a taxicab on the way to the hospital. His parents, Navy man and father Lawrence Owens Keeble and Social Worker mom Jurdine Johnson Keeble held great influence on him at a young age.

Lance is an American author whom, at a very young age, fell in love with art, music, acting, writing and American football. He participated in all of those activities throughout his young life. After a brief stint at CSULB, he became a firefighter because he loved helping people and to support his burgeoning family.

In his youth, Lance performed in many bands, acted in various plays, low-budget commercials, and continuously practiced his prose by writing lyrics, poetry, and short stories.

Lance has published poetry in anthologies and in magazines. He has penned a superhero comic strip in three trade magazines for three years. He is now developing a comic into a graphic novel. Currently, Lance is looking to publish the prequel to Globes Disease.

Some of his favorite authors include; Joe Nazel, Iceberg Slim, Nnendi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Stephen R. Donaldson, Piers Anthony, Anne Rice, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Chuck Palahniuk, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Howard Chaykin, Dwayne McDuffie, Neil available, Clive Barker, Homer, Dr. Seuss and his 6th cousin six times removed, Edgar Allen Poe.

Lance was raised primarily by his mother after his parents split when he was five. She was instrumental in encouraging his love of books and writing. Lance continues to live in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Lance is a Father of seven children and a grandfather of four.

If you live in the Los Angeles Area, be sure to come out and support Lance at Barnes and Noble at The Grove on February 23rd at 7PM for a Q&A panel and book signing!


Author Interview:

1. What does your writing process look like?

All over the place and everywhere.

2. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

 Absolutely, I text and email myself. Get ideas while driving, in shower, toilet etc.

3. What book do you wish you could have written?

On a Pale Horse

4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Joe Nazel, Iceberg Slim, Nnendi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Stephen R. Donaldson, Piers Anthony, Anne Rice, Steven Barnes, Chuck Palahniuk, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Howard Chaykin, Dwayne McDuffie, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Homer, Dr. Seuss and Edgar Allen Poe.

5. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Having great children.

6. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Read a lot, write a lot, rewrite, take suggestions with a grain of salt and weather the critics.

7. What is your best marketing tip?

Word of mouth, great interviews and don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Crazy Questions That No One Ever Asks Authors

1. Do you write naked?

Only if I got some lovin’ and I’m still awake…

2. What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?

I’ll remember.

3. Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

I’m Black…

4. What is your biggest fear?

Having an unfulfilled life of purpose.

5. What secret talents do you have?

I’m an excellent poet, better than a writer I think. I sing well too.