A. A. Smith is a twenty-one year-old author studying at the University of Toronto. She is the partner and co-founder of A. A. Smith Publishing House and is in charge of scouting and reviewing submissions. She is always searching for new talent and enjoys discussing the thoughts and ideas of upcoming novelists. Be sure to like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alisia.A.Smith, follow her on Twitter @AASPublising, and keep up with her blog at http://alisiabonnick.wordpress.com/ to stay up to date on new projects and releases!
Aside from promoting "The Perfect Crime" and "Diaspora", Alisia has a couple of completed manuscripts currently in the editorial process. One project is a paranormal romance wherein a teenage girl falls in love with a "decider of fate" - a man who is able to choose who lives and who dies. Suited for his job, he is a cautious romantic, and fears the loss of a loved one too much to become attached himself. These fears become a reality when his love is kidnapped, forcing him to choose between true love and the sanctity of a power entrusted to him by omnipotent forces.
Alisia has begun writing her first series, an adventure series for teenagers based on a teenage spy named Matthew McMillan (yes, another spy series). This story begins with McMillan having been crossed by his ex-partner, accused of being a double agent, and subsequently exiled from his agency. He escapes before his memories are erased and embarks on a quest to clear his name, capture his ex-partner, and evade death.
Excerpt (The Perfect Crime):
Eric's gut told him to keep his eyes open, to face death head on, and to show this assassin, this man who hid behind a gun, that he wasn't afraid of anything. He didn't need to know that inside Eric was shaking through his bones and that the beating of his heart was louder than the bullet that would pierce through his skull.
Alpha, keeping the smirk on his face, was proud of what he was about to do. It would, once again, prove his authority and rank in the group as well as guarantee their victory. He aimed - although it would be hard to miss at such a close distance - and readied himself to wipe the look of determination off the young man's face.
Yet, just as the bulky man was about to pull the trigger, just as Eric swallowed one final prayer, Alpha, along with the rest of his group, fell to the ground, the tiniest darts jutting out of their necks.
“Marc, take her to her quarters.” Marc nodded and walked toward me as Cole reopened the closet door and felt around the bottom of it. He then spoke to me, “I really need you to think about this.” I saw him take out a bandolier and wrap it around his chest. “Thera really needs you right now,” he took out a shield and placed it beside him on the ground, “and if Thera needs you then Earth needs you.” He took out a military belt and loaded it with daggers. “I have to go deal with something, I’m gonna let you think things over. I’m sure, being the rational individual you are, that by the time we meet again you’ll have changed your mind.” He now picked up the shield and I saw a miniature harness for a gun within it. He then smiled at me, nodded one final time, and was on his way.
A. A. Smith has also been featured on a CBC community blog (February 2013) as one of 6 inspiring black Canadians! Check out the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2013/02/black-history-month-todays-community-leaders.html
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