Ani H. Manjikian


Born and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer/editor, and aesthetic instincts of a designer/photographer.

Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, she set out to finish a single horse story and get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.

While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction and need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.

The book spawned several siblings until there was enough for a series. Not knowing what to call it, she turned to another friend who suggested a word play on the books main themes of horses, space, family, and heroes. Spirit of the Lone Horse, the first book in the Stars of Heros series, was published in March 2015 by Unsolicited Press.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
"But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer? I have to say no! I always was a writer."
-Ursual Le Guin

While I can't claim that exactly, it's close to how I feel. I've always enjoyed books and stories. I especially love the ones where I become the characters and experience the world they lived in. I hope through my writings I do the same for my readers.

Defining when I first considered myself a writer is hard. I've always felt more comfortable expressing myself through writing than speaking. While I like the spotlight, I tend to get nervous when in it. When I'm writing, I don't have such a constraint. I still try to be respectful, but I can be a little more expressive and enjoy a conversation with someone without worrying about the mixed messages I'm getting from their tone and body language.

Since I first picked up the pen for something other than school assignments, I've always felt like writing and being at a known writer was going to be my destiny. I validated that belief when I published my book. My validation grows stronger with the each review the book gains on Amazon. Doing various events, posting on my blog and social media, and generally connecting with people about my writing helps too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to breathe life into characters and their worlds. It's part power trip, part emotional cathartic. When I have a problem I can solve in the real world, I let my characters take a crack at it. Their perspective often gives me the solution I need.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ani H. Manjikian online

Where to buy in print


Stars of Heros
Stars of Heros spans from the 19th Century to the 26th Century and beyond. The series title is a tribute to, and a word play on, the main themes in the books: horses, space, family, and heroes. Whether ordinary people or aliens, these heroes try to make a difference on their home world.

Spirit of the Lone Horse

Price: $2.99 USD.

Do You Believe in Legend?

Price: $4.99 USD.


Do You Believe in Legend?
Series: Stars of Heros. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,300. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Negative consequences always follow the rare positive outcomes. At least it seems that way to Jo Mason until a man from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. Jo hopes he can give her some answers and a better perspective. There is only one slight problem… He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help
Spirit of the Lone Horse
Series: Stars of Heros. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,930. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Thanks to a horse almost killing her, Jo Mason is terrified by the noble creatures she once loved. Meeting the rogue stallion's son, she is faced with the choice of running away from her fear or taking back control of her life. Her decision begins an adventure that weaves a tapestry through past mistakes and regrets, present circumstances and consequences, and future hopes and dreams.

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