A.K. Mann


A.K. Mann grew up in and with Tallahassee, Florida - both have been through some dramatic changes over the past half a century. Graduating from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in computer science she started an eighteen year career in computer applications development and systems management.
Ms. Mann enjoys cycling on the lovely canopy roads surrounding Tallahassee. Right around the turn of the century, an untimely encounter with a mini-van (while on her bike) ended her first career. This caused Ms. Mann to try various occupations -- working in education, opened a café, running a trucking company (not recommended unless you thrive on stress) -- she finally settled into bookkeeping to earn a living. Matilda's Midnight Ride is her first published novel.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a cafe back in 2003 and most of my server/cooks were college students - some with honors. They were prepping for lunch one day and having a lively discussion of some sort. When I listened, they were debating which war Hitler was in - they decided on WWI. Ouch. Then about two years later the sixth Harry Potter book was being released and I decided I should go because there would never be an event quite like it again. So I'm out at the bookstore at midnight and here are all these children running around ticking off a history of Hogwarts and discussing quidditch teams, etc. I decided there must be a better way to teach actual history. So I took the challenge.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's the old catch 22. You can't get published unless you are published. And even in that case, I've learned from successful writers, there is no guarantee that you will be picked up for your next book. I had experience publishing a small press mag back in the 80's and decided to give it a go.
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Matilda's Midnight Ride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,300. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
"Ask a question, open and read." Those are the instructions on the cover of the Book of Questions. And so, Matilda Blake, a confident, curious and somewhat headstrong girl does! Travel with Matilda, Ethan and their cousin Geoffrey as they find themselves witnesses and sometimes participants at some of the most important events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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