Mikko Azul shares her inspiring story as a writer of two enchanting novels. Listen now to hear about her new novel The Staff of Fire and Bone.
Mikko Azul wrote her first book in second grade, proudly scribbling the cover with crayons and binding with yarn. She has always pursued knowledge of magic, secret societies, the occult, science and spirituality. As an adult, her tastes broadened to include historical fiction and action-adventure. These influences can be found in her epic fantasy novels.
Mikko was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has traveled broadly and served in the United States Marine Corps, and does SCUBA diving, hiking, and Kung Fu. Her debut novel Askari won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and took first place at the San Francisco Writers Conference. She lives on the shores of Puget Sound with her three sons.
The first book of her new series, The Staff of Fire and Bone, came out in January 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing as part of the publisher’s participation in Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to make 2018 “The Year of Publishing Women.”
“Ya take your guy, right? Your hero and you make him want something really badly, but you make it impossible for him to get it. And the more he tries to get it, the more trouble he gets into. And the more he tries to get out of trouble, the deeper the pile of crap you dump him in. And that’s what makes a story move forward.”
- Mikko describes winning 1st place in the San Francisco Writers Conference writing competition
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