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Born on a cold winter morning in scenic northern New Jersey, my stories and poems have been included in several anthologies and magazines. Recent publications include the debut novel, Star Touched, and Wolf Dawn, a short story. I am the Maryland Writers’ Association’s President and I hold an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. When not writing or indulging in my fascination with wolves, this proud mother of two lives in Maryland with my husband and dog. Visit me at my website: ALKaplanAuthor.com, Twitter: @alkaplanauthor, and https://www.facebook.com/AuthorA.L.Kaplan.
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Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.
A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret
Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.
But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.
What is your favorite movie that was based on a book?
Hands down, Lord of the Rings. One word spun through my head, as I left the theater, awesome. I reread the entire trilogy when I got home, and again before each of the other two movies. As soon as it was available, I bought the director’s cut on DVD. They’ve been watched and re-watched countless times.
What genre do you write in?
I write mostly science fiction and fantasy. Sometimes a blend of the two. I’ve also been known to scribble out a depressing poem or two.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Looking only at books I read in early middles school or earlier, there are three books that top my list. Two of them were by the same author. Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Apparently, I have a thing for kids surviving on their own. (I also love the musicals Annie and Oliver.)
How did you get started with writing?
I’ve been creating stories for as long as I can remember, but didn’t start writing until late in high school. Even then, I kept it to myself. My ‘artistic’ handwriting and ‘creative’ spelling used to get in the way. Instead, my ideas became the subject for my art. (MFA Sculpture) I have a lot more skill and confidence now.
Do you connect with any of the characters in your book?
There are bits of me in most of my characters, but I hope I never have to experience what I put them through.
How do you make sales as an author?
I do best at in person events, but also promote online. 2020 was a rough year. All the conferences and book fairs I had schedules were canceled because of covid-19.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read mostly fantasy, but with try anything my youngest daughter recommends. She knows what I like.
What inspires your writing? / How do you come up with plots or characters for your book?
I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from dreams and nightmares. There are at least three scenes in Star Touched born from this source. (Read chapter 3 for starters.) Sometimes a song is the inspiration. “Mathematical Shield” grew out of Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns.” Every time I heard the story, the story played out in my mind. Now if I could only find a market for it….
What do you like to do for fun?
I have too many hobbies for my own good, but I love reading and hanging out with my dog. She loves agility.
What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?
“Never give up. Never surrender.” Oops. May have stolen that from Galaxy Quest. Seriously, though, just keep writing. Even if it is the same word over and over. Eventually, it will morph into something with wings.
What projects are you working on right now?
I’m working on several short stories, a sequel to Star Touched, and a YA Fantasy.