Margaret Afseth

Biography

If anything, Margaret Afseth is a survivor. She spent most of 2014 battling Cancer, a tumor pressing on the optic nerve. Now she counts herself among the rare few who, in her words, conquered the 'Beastie'. Though now, sight impaired, with the aid of her daughter to publish, she continues to write.
From an early age, she was making up stories. While raising her four children alone, she wrote her first novel...in long hand. Unfortunately, she gave the only copy of the manuscript to someone of the opinion, she should not be writing at all. He burned it.
Discouraged, she went underground, not surfacing again until her senior years, when at the age of seventy, 2013, she rewrote and published, as a three part series, the lost novel, calling it The Aopato Chronicles.
Since then, Margaret has gone on to write the Noor Chronicles, published 2014, the last book of which was written while she was undergoing Chemo and Radiation treatment.
Her present set of novels are the Deception series. These books take a good look at survival in our most imperfect world...
Margaret is a widow, with four grown children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Her experience comes not from academic education, but from the great reservoir of knowledge, gained from observing human nature.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada.
I loved to read adventure and mystery stories, but I believe I was influenced more by television. Our TV didn't come to us until I was a teen, and then it was only a black and white picture. Star Trek was very popular in our home, and to this day my brothers are diehard fans of sci-fi.
When did you first start writing?
My education was cut short after grade ten. I was the eldest, and being a girl, it was expected that I care for the younger members. I also married soon after I left home. It wasn't until I was abandoned with four young children that I started to write for my own escape and relaxation.
At that time, I even sent my work to various publishing houses, but I was very green...and maybe a bit ahead of the times. Whatever the reason, my novels did not catch notice.
I got into a cult church during those days, and was assigned a counselor. Proudly, I produced my hobby. And to his mind, and in his words, my work was an abomination. 'People like me weren't meant to write.'
Needless to say, I stopped writing.
Oh, did I mention? He burned my manuscript without my permission.
I did not go back to writing until my second husband encouraged me to do so. I then took a correspondence course in writing, and it went from there.
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Books

Fire and Ice
Series: Deception Series, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,760. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Brad first arrived in Azure Blue, he thought Loni, Scar, and the two women were all he had to contend with. The six tiny children were simply too young to be a danger to anyone. Fact was, he thought, they needed looking after, rather than being a threat.
Monsters Among Us
Series: Deception Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 54,880. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
What if you were told you have a fatal disease, and it was all a cover up for something more sinister? What if someone planned to make you into something entirely different from how you were born?
Healer Nest
Series: Noor Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 43,270. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Left to die in the freezing, underground tunnels of an abandoned moon base, grievously injured, chained and fettered to the walls, how are the Noor to survive? And if they somehow break free, is there a way out?
Soul Saver
Series: Noor Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,360. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Tusha has come away from Bom's prison considerably emotionally scared. She refuses to even be called by the treasured name Loki gave her, choosing instead to be called Susan. Her view of males now is that they are predatory, especially those of Noor blood. She has more or less become a man hater, and shows it in her attitude toward Liam, the mind-male of the junction pair.
Gentle Beast
Series: Noor Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,660. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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They steal people; farm them in the bowels of the earth like cattle, leaving little hope for humanity to survive. Against the odds, Althea fights to stay alive, and in the process, finds an undesirable named Loki to help her before it's too late.
Turn Back
Series: Aopato Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,390. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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(BOOK 3) Remember the 'Opposite' Yt? Whatever became of him, and just what did Sonia see in his future? Kali has lost her memory. Ty prefers to forget, yet diligently protects her. Amadeus sacrifices all. What has destiny in store for Jamara? For that matter, who are they, and what do their lives have to do with the fragile old lady who invades their home?
Remedy
Series: Aopato Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,610. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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(BOOK 2) For the better part of her working career Ziva had been behind a monitor yet now that she is about to retire, her employer wants her to go out into the field. It isn't enough to simply rock her comfort zone, but they have paired her with an obnoxious, manipulative operative with an agenda of her own.
Aopato
Series: Aopato Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 89,500. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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(BOOK 1) Sonia appears to be a typical grandmother at seventy-five. She thinks her worst fears have been realized when she is forced to move into a city senior complex. She has always felt she was different. When a tiny sphere appears out of empty space, informs her she belongs to a lost race, she is not surprised.

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  • Size Seven Shorts on March 09, 2013

    Encouraging, delightful, thought provoking. A good short read. I loved it.
  • Short End Of The Stick on March 19, 2013

    Amazing, amusing, heart-wrenching; these stories made me cry. Kathleen deserves accolades for being so open and honest. A must read.
  • Deep Bay Vengeance on March 31, 2013

    Excellent story line; fast paced. An exciting read. An excellent reminder of what's most important.
  • Deep Bay Relic on April 14, 2013

    Though some people never learn from their mistakes, let's not be the same; that is the message I came away with from this novel. The book flows well, is suspenseful, and keeps your continual interest. A definate good read. I'll be waiting to read her next one.
  • The Prion Attachment on May 19, 2013

    Attention: all you zombie fans! Here's a book for you. It puts the zombie craze in its proper prospect with a twist at the end you'd never expect. Well written, fast paced, suspenseful; a cliff hanger on every page. A definite must read!
  • Even Me - A Christmas Play For Your Sunday School on July 23, 2013

    A most delightful play. I'd love to see it performed. Another good one Kathy; I would recommend it.
  • Gotta Love It - A Humorous Play About Rural Life on Aug. 02, 2013

    A most delightful skit; very realistic. Only thing wrong with it is it needs a second act.