Aiki Flinthart has 14 published speculative fiction novels, 2 collections of short stories, 2 non-fiction books and several short stories in anthologies and e-mags. She has been shortlisted in the Australian Aurealis Awards for Speculative Fiction, and a top-8 finalist in the USA Writers of the Future Competition. When not writing or running her business, she trains in martial arts, knife-throwing, archery, and lute-playing. Every once in a while she even sleeps.
Aiki Flinthart has been writing since...forever. But luckily her first efforts have been murdered and buried, never to be revived. In 2011 she released the hugely popular YA series, 80AD, written for her young son. After getting massive positive feedback from people all around the world, she thought maybe she should do this writing thing a bit more seriously. Since then she's learned a great deal and now has 14 published sci-fi/fantasy novels, 2 non-fiction books, a collection of fantasy and sci-fi short stories, and a collection (with Pamela Jeffs) of sci-fi short stories - with more to come. She writes mostly speculative fiction with action-y heroines and heroes, but there is one romance in there as well. Of course, her heroine rescues herself, rather than waiting to be saved. When not writing, she likes to help other authors and gives workshops on writing fight scenes for women, and on using personality profiling to create unique characters. These have been well-received at the writers conventions and centres around Australia. She has also edited three anthologies of short stories for her writing group. In her spare time, she practices martial arts (20 years), archery, knife-throwing, lute-playing, bellydancing, and painting. Occasionally she sleeps.
Links to Interviews/podcasts
Podcast with Joanna Penn on writing Fight scenes for Female Characters: (Starts about 16:30min into the podcast) Listen HERE YouTube Vlog with Traci Harding on medieval times, weapons, and self-publishing: Watch HERE Science Fiction Writers Assoc (USA) Youtube Video approx 1:31hr with Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon: Watch HERE YouTube interview with Kia Carrington-Russell on creating empowered female characters: Watch HERE Podcast - Writer on The Road with Mel Hammond on writing Fight scenes and being an author - approx 1 hr Listen HERE Interview - Fantasy Hive - Author Spotlight: Aiki Flinthart. Read HERE Blog/Interview - Qld Writers Centre - A Writer's Journey: Read HERE Flash Fiction & short interview - Star Authors with Shel Calopa: Read HERE Blog/Interview- Rebecca Nolan - Author interview: Aiki Flinthart. Read HERE Interview - Aussie Speculative Fiction - Author Spotlight: Aiki Flinthart. Read HERE Blog/Interview - Dark Side Downunder - Read HERE