A.J. Church


As a Floridian since the age of 12, I enjoy perpetuating the myth that we're all crazy down here. I love snarky, smart-mouthed heroes, twisted humor, and watching the underdog beat the snot out of his tormentors. I'm told I do my best writing when I'm on a rant, and since I seem to be perpetually in that state, there's no way I'm not the next (female) Stephen King. Unfortunately, the universe doesn't seem to be aware of that yet. But then, what does the universe know?

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up an Air Force brat, so we moved around a lot. I don't think I attended the same school two years in a row until my father got out of the Air Force and we moved to Florida when I was twelve. Because I was shy, making friends was hard, so I made imaginary friends and created stories and worlds where they and I lived. I started writing the stories down when I was eight, and despite all my moves, I still have a lot of those early notebooks. I was also an avid bookworm at an early age. I remember when I was in third grade, I had a friend whose parents bought her all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. She would loan me one each day, and I would run home from school so I could start reading, often sitting up with a flashlight reading under the covers to finish it so I could take it back to her and get the next one.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Right now I'm working on the second book of my Erebus Files series. The concept for the series was inspired by Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, where each book is about different, sometimes overlapping characters tied together by location. In this case, the location is the fictional city of Erebus. The second book is about Red, a street-smart female thief who contracts to steal magical artifacts for a local pawnbroker. The book was actually written five years ago for NaNoWriMo, though it was quite a bit different at that time. I put it aside for a couple of years, then when I started developing the concept of the Erebus series, I decided I would rework it to fit. I'm almost finished with that now and targeting Halloween as a publishing date.

I am also working on the last two books of the 'Ru Lexicon trilogy. Book 1 revolved around the character of Raphael. Book 2 will be Elise's story, and Book 3 will be Rudolf's. I'm hoping to get both written and published sometime next year.
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Red Awakening
Series: The Erebus Files, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,670. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A thief by trade, Red specializes in locating and retrieving unusual artifacts for the supernatural community. In her line of work, she thought she had seen just about everything, but when she witnesses a drive-by shooting of an innocent man, she's drawn into a battle with beings more powerful than she could imagine, and a revelation about her own origins that could change her life forever.
Daddy's Kobo Tales
Price: Free! Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This anthology contains five flash fiction stories by indie writers written as a protest against the treatment of all self-published writers by Kobo and WH Smith.
Being John Bland
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,360. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
John Bland is stuck in a rut--a job he hates, a girlfriend he doesn't want, friends who don't understand him. Your average worker bee drone. But John has devised a solution. The Master Plan. Involves knives, garbage bags, and some weird genetic destiny screw up. John didn't plan on that last part, nor the new title. Accidental Serial Killer. Apparently, someone has to do it..
Series: The Erebus Files, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,710. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When your inner roommate is a homicidal demon, you try to keep a low profile. Laec Matthews had become pretty good at staying in the shadows and minding his own business until a couple of strangers showed up at his door asking for help locating a missing girl. He knows better than to get involved, especially when people start trying to kill him.
Return of the Light
Series: The 'Ru Lexicon, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,570. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
For centuries, the 'Ru have served as guardians of mankind, protecting them from the demons of the Underworld. But now the demons have a new weapon, and they intend to use to remake the world in their image. Victory will require a supreme sacrifice, as one member of the 'Ru must consume the essence of the Being of Light and be reborn as savior to his race.

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