Who am I and Why am I here?
I am Aza Enigma, and I'm your friendly neighborhood felon.
The mistake I made as a youth- and the consequent label I earned as a result - has never really gone away. Rather than let this change me for the worse, I've done my best to overcome each and every obstacle that I've found in my path. Then I decided to expand my research and share it with everyone that needs some guidance after their own convictions!
As of November 2018, I have two eBooks published as well as two workbooks (other sites - see www.thefriendlyfelon.com for more on those).
I also have a few more things in the works - so keep your eyes peeled for releases and posts with updates on what I'm doing. I have a ton of ideas and if you have suggestions - I'm always open to them!
More About Me
I currently write marketing content and communications and am for hire with limited availability. (Find my blog for more info!)
In my spare time, I volunteer at my local state park, play board games with my family, and cruise around the countryside.
I have one son that I love to spoil - along with his dad and our goldfish.
Eventually, I'd like to open a halfway house in the MidWest and write national articles on the justice system's shortcomings and how it can be improved at micro and macro levels to reduce recidivism. If you want to get in on that project - just check out my Patreon here https://www.patreon.com/azaenimga
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Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out the blog and my social media accounts as listed, and feel free to drop a line anytime!
If you love the original cover art (the hanging handcuffs) or the new cover (breaking chain), please find Paulann Egelhoff's work at https://paulannegelhoff.myportfolio.com/ - she's a fantastic digital artist and photographer based out of Phoenix, AZ.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book (Finding Freedom) is one born of my own frustrations with finding a path back to society after my conviction. Even though I was convicted at a young age, few employers are forgiving of such backgrounds, and I had to learn how to overcome that obstacle. Through a decade of experience with the collateral consequences of my conviction, I learned about various forms of relief that were available in my state, and I wanted to expand this to reach fellow felons who are currently struggling with their own conviction. Whether it's early stage (just convicted) or twenty years into the life, we could all use a bit of a leg up in this world, and I aim to provide it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved reading and learning new words. I often preferred sitting and reading over social interaction, and this insistence opened a whole new world to me. Whether it was informative ( I'd read the encyclopedias and dictionaries at home when I was really bored) or fictional, I found something beautiful within the books I found. I started writing when I was very young, but until recently, I never thought I'd have the opportunity to share my writing with others. Smashwords has made this possible by offering a wonderful platform for indie author distribution, and it helped me get past some of the obstacles I faced with traditional publishing companies.
Need felon friendly information? This is the perfect Guide to Life for you! Find tips for surviving supervision, creating resumes, dealing with background checks and more! You won't find another reentry resource quite like this - real-life experience combines with research to help inspire the thousands of people struggling to find second chances in life after prison or after conviction.