Featured Interview With A. K. Frailey
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hi, my name is Ann Frailey, and I am an author and a teacher with a degree in Elementary Education. I have written and published ten books, and several of my articles have been published in national magazines. In 2016, I earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and won two course director’s awards.
I homeschool my younger four kids and maintain a mini-farm with my children and our numerous critters. Basically, I am outnumbered. Every day.
I’m currently rewriting my early historical fiction novels to reflect the larger universe depicted in my Newearth science fiction novels. I am also writing science fiction & historical fiction short stories, literary stories, a new science fiction novel, and a science fiction miniseries screenplay.
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and have taught in big cities and small towns. I currently live in central Illinois, surrounded by farm fields, which like to pretend they are a jungle of green. Generally speaking, I endeavor to make sanity a daily part of my life.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started writing when I first learned to put pencil to paper—back in the day when one actually used pencils and paper. (Yep—cavemen and women had only recently succumbed to the ravages of time.) I wrote for my own enjoyment for many years but only began publishing my work in 2011. The learning curve involved in writing these days—hiring editors, proofreaders, book designers, and developing marketing skills—has taught me more than I ever learned in college. I enjoy learning new things, and pray I’ve become a better writer, and hopefully a better person, in the process.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’ve read just about every classic book I can get my hands on. My favorite tends to be whatever I am currently reading. Right now, I am reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, E. B. White’s One Man’s Meat, The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1667, Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (3rd time), and a really fun modern mystery series by Victoria Hamilton, Muffin but Murder.
I am inspired by everything I read. I love the play of words, literary images, metaphors, and everything the English language can bring to the page, uniting humanity in a way little else can.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, Newearth: Justine Awakens, continues the story started in my first science fiction novel Last of Her Kind.
When my husband lay dying in an emergency room, I held his hand and made a promise to take care of our kids. At the moment, the promise was my focus. In the days to follow, the reality of carrying out that promise hit me hard.
Some months later, I took the kids to a movie, Noah. Mr. Crowe’s stellar acting reflected my inner struggle rather well—as Noah struggled to know the will of God. Life. Death. To act or not to act. Impossible situation? No problem. Keep moving. Live—even when you haven’t a clue what that means exactly.
A few days later, an old friend called to offer her condolences and reminded me of a book, Last of Her Kind, which I had written years before. I never bothered to publish it and had put it out of my mind. But she insisted that it had stayed with her through the years and recommended that I rewrite it.
After a Masters degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment, I wrote not only the novel (And rewrote it three times) I also wrote the screenplay (Very different skill set, by the way.) After LOHK I moved the storyline forward into Newearth: Justine Awakens, still serious but lighter, a bit more humor, and a whole lot more fun. I’m working on Newearth: A Hero’s Crime and rewriting my original novels to reflect the wider universe, because, of course, my universe has grown by leaps and bounds these past four years. For example—fun fact—duck tape has definite limitations.
The storyline for Newearth Justine Awakens involves humanity’s struggle to come to terms with our existence. Justine, an android with an enhanced human brain, awakens on Newearth after being shut down, only to discover she’s once again assigned the role of a hired killer. When she meets Cerulean, a Luxonian guardian, and Derik, her intended victim, she discovers her humanity and the true meaning of life.
Clare, a Human Services investigator, must discover who killed an innocent woman, mentor a flighty new detective, Bala, and figure out what alien has been infiltrating her dreams. When she’s hired by Derik to discover his true identity, she discovers Justine’s hidden agenda and only Cerulean can keep the two women from killing each other.
A new future unfolds as OldEarth passes into obscurity, but the seeds of Newearth are planted. The human family faces a new horizon. The end of a human era—the beginning of an alien alliance.
Connect with the Author on their Websites and Social media profiles