Aya Walksfar

Biography

Born on the wrong side of life,I learned to make myself invisible, to be so quiet that no one noticed me in the shadows. My illiterate grandfather, and nearly illiterate grandmother valued books and education; consequently, they coaxed a Carnegie Librarian to teach me to read and write by age six.
When I was nine years old, my grandfather was murdered; the killer never apprehended. Writing allowed me to deal with my anger and grief by changing the ending of that particular reality: I wrote murder stories.
I published my first poem and my first journalistic articles around the age of fourteen. It was a time of countrywide unrest and riots.
After that, I never stopped writing--poems, articles, short stories, novels.
Good Intentions (first edition), a literary novel, received the Alice B. Reader Award for Excellence in 2002.
Sketch of a Murder and Street Harvest have made Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller's Lists several times.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Cluttered, with lots of writing materials such as pens and a multitude of tablets of all sizes as well as my laptop. To one side stands a cup with a photo of a horse racing across an open field, mane breezing behind as its galloping hooves carry it to a new adventure. Inside that cup are hawk feathers. Beautiful tan and white banded feathers freely given from the majestic birds that soar in absolute freedom through a world that connects to mine and yet is so very different.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a big city neighborhood where violence was more common than a three course dinner. Being on the small side, I learned early how to become "invisible." From the shadows, I watched and listened.
As it happened, my mother and grandmother were both oral storytellers from a tradition of oral storytellers. When you blend together a habit of observation with a tradition of storytelling, you wind up with an author.
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Where to find Aya Walksfar online


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Books

Attack On Freedom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,060. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was only the first attack. These are no ordinary terrorists. They could strike anywhere; any time. Hidden beneath the terrorist’s attacks is something worse, much worse. Someone wants America in chaos; someone wants America ruled by a dictator. How far up does the conspiracy go? Who can be trusted?
Arundia Returns
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,350. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Baskell Arundia returns to North America determined to defeat Serena Longer, First Councilwoman of North America. Arundia believes vampires are lords over human cattle. Everyone thought Serena followed Goddess Artemis in defending humans. But she has been acting strange as if under an evil magic spell. Alexis, Serena's lover, is determined to save Serena and all her family.
Death By Dog
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,530. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Author's Note: There are NO explicit dog fighting scenes in this book! Mutilated dogs tossed in dumpsters and savaged humans found dead—they have one thing in common: both were killed by dogs. As the body count--both human and canine—rises, Sergeant Nita Slowater and the Special Crimes Team race against time to stop dog fighters who are using canines to murder.
Beyond The Silence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,000. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
1988. The Deep South. Marital violence is an accepted norm, but if Barb Hensen remains in her abusive marriage, she will die. If she leaves, she will lose her daughter. Faced with an impossible decision, she turns to Yona Adohi, a lesbian Yankee, for help.
Black Wind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,760. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Maddy Jacobs loves horses, but she never thought she would be forced to steal one. When her Uncle David sells her grandmother’s beloved horse, Black Wind, to a slaughter man, he gives Maddy no choice, except to steal Black Wind. What she did not expect was her uncle’s violent response.Now, everyone Maddy loves is in danger.
Backlash!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,090. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
The governor’s best friend kidnapped; a photo of her chained to a floor. A BDSM club, a ladies’ only gym, old secrets, and a crime committed thirteen years ago provide the only leads. A rapist stalks successful women on the streets of Seattle. Are these crimes linked? Sergeant Nita Slowater and the Special Crimes Team must stop a cunning and evil mind before more women die.
Artemis' Warriors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,040. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Serena Longer, First Councilwoman of the North American Region, is facing the toughest challenge of her lengthy vampire life. She must stop certain segments of vampire society that want an unrestricted license to hunt humans, and they’re willing to destroy anyone in their way. The war isn’t the only thing heating up. Sexy Alexis Night Runner wants to be more than just a blood meal to Serena.
Special Crimes Team Series: Box Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 368,800. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
The governor creates the Special Crimes Team, a unit of eight misfit cops headed by Lieutenant Williams-known to bend the rules; and hot-tempered Sergeant Slowater. This team is mandated to solve the worst of the worse cases in the State of Wa-cases that make veteran cops question their choice of career. These eight disparate people must set aside their differences and find a way to work together.
Hard Road Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,620. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Native American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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When eleven-year-old Casanita's beloved grandfather is murdered her life takes a drastic downturn. Her mother’s drinking and drugging escalates then she brings home a man who destroys what little peace Cas has found. But Cas is a fighter. In a world where manipulation, lies and violence are rife, Cas loses her way. Can she find her way back to her grandmother's Tsalagi Teachings?
Old Woman Gone
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,020. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Sergeant Nita Slowater has just reconnected with Grandma Greene after years of estrangement when she discovers the elderly woman missing from her home. When local law enforcement refuses to take the disappearance of the 85-year-old woman seriously, Nita turns to the Special Crimes Team and to a private investigator, Jaz Wheeler. Nita can’t stand the thought of losing Grandma Greene, again.....
Run Or Die
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,740. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Life had never been easy for Jaz Wheeler. When love touched her world only to be snatched away, emptiness settled around her heart. She barely cared enough to keep body and soul together until she landed on Hawk Hill and the Hopewell Farm. Somehow, the isolated farm caught her by the heart strings. Will she have the strength and courage to stand against the ultimatum to run or die?
Street Harvest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,180. Language: American English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Missing street kids and the tortured bodies of two men. How are they linked? Sergeant Nita Slowater of the Special Crimes Team needs to find out, and quick, before more children are taken. Psychic Jaimie Wolfwalker of The Missing Children's Rescue doesn't think the cops are moving fast enough, so she'll do whatever it takes to bring those kids home, even defy Slowater. The law be damned!
Good Intentions
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,000. Language: American English. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
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Bev Ransom has a secret. Her family has a secret, too. When her father dies, Rene Lawson, Bev's employer, is there for Bev. Then one day, Bev goes to work and by evening Rene is dead. Strange people show up at Rene's funeral. It's easier to delve into the mystery surrounding Rene than to deal with her own secrets until she finds that no one is who they claim to be. Who can Bev trust?
Sketch of a Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,570. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
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In this fast paced, character driven murder mystery set in the Pacific Northwest and told from multiple first person points of view, The Avenger gruesomely murders wealthy, prominent men accused of sexual crimes. Hot tempered Sergeant Nita Slowater and the Special Crimes Team must uncover the killer’s identity before an innocent man becomes The Avenger’s next victim.
Dead Men and Cats
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,120. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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When Megan Albright and Janie Sampson discover a dead man and a live, calico kitten floating in an old rowboat the serenity of the quiet community of Shadow Island is shattered. Then, Dan Uley, a close friend, is murdered. Doubting the sheriff's willingness to find the killer, they know they must do it for there is no telling who will be the next to die.

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Smashwords book reviews by Aya Walksfar

  • Little Red Riding Ho on March 04, 2014

    Erotica is usually not my genre, either reading or writing, but this cute novella was entertaining. Loved the take off on the Little Red Riding Hood story.