4 Apr 2013

Author Interview: Samuel Odunsi Jr

Title: Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power

Author: Samuel Odunsi Jr

Genre: Science Fiction

There was no other name for the Blessed Galaxy. After being gifted with the Auras, five great powerhouses of celestial creation, the title was a suitable fit. While harnessing such energies, the governing bodies have ruled their respected reaches of the Galaxy for a number of millennia, but now they face the threat of an inevitable calamity that could shake the lives of everyone, caused by one of the five Auras.

After accepting a sudden promotion, a devout man of science, named Lowen Sars, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people after he learns of the calamity, but soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen inadvertently begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura, and especially its two young heirs of the throne.

Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power is the first book in a science fiction series that has yet to be seen elsewhere and it will certainly be one for the ages.

About the Author
Being an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants, Samuel's upbringing and various influences in Academics, Martial Arts, Movies, and Literature has helped him develop the unique story of the Age of the Aura series, and his hope is to bring a new delight to those who enjoy the genre of science fiction. His second book in the series will be released in the near future and he assures those that enjoyed the first book will absolutely enjoy the next installment.

1.  If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why? 

It Would definitely be Frank Herbert. I read "Dune" when I was in the 8th grade and the book astounded me. The vastness of the universe he created still blows me away.

2.  What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write? 

A typical day would be me going to my college classes, working afterwards, and hanging out with friends when the time comes. I tend to write in the evenings on my laptop and I make time each day to make sure this happens, no matter how I feel.

3.  What is the hardest part of the writing for you? 

Writer's Block! I have been better with handling it and do not tend to get it as much as when I first started writing Age of the Aura, but it happens to the best of us.

4.  When and why did you first start writing? 

I started writing notes and maybe a couple short stories as young as 12 or 13 years old I believe. Some of the notes I wrote as a kid still ended up in what is now the first book of my Age of the Aura series. I knew even when I was that young certain things had to happen in the story.

5.  How did you come up with the idea for the book your book?

I knew I always wanted to be a storyteller and that I wanted to write in the science fiction genre. So I set out to write an original story based off all the ideas my imagination gave me. Even when I was a kid I knew it was going to be a huge undertaking, so that's mainly why it took me till I was 19 to write Phase I of AOTA, I felt I was ready and mature enough to begin the series.

6.  Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?

I am a reader but not too sure how big I am. And currently I am reading "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by Joesph Murphy. I am always open to books and techniques for improving one's lifestyle. 

7.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

Write everyday. Do not be afraid to get your work critiqued by other people, the feedback will only help you grow as a writer. And do not be lazy! Laziness was a big problem for me when I was in my teens. And if you have a story you want to tell go out and write it. We are all storytellers.