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This week I got to talk to Ania Ahlborn on her latest book, BROTHER. She just moved out of the Portland Oregon area, and is settling into her new home in South Carolina. Did Ania's arrival have anything to do with the recent deaths of millions of honeybees? You'll have to decide for yourself.
She's written a fantastic book, and I'd recommend THE BIRD EATER as well if you're looking for a second book from Ania. After talking to her, I need to read her first book, SEED, which is a rare but fantastic example of a self-published book that became a runaway success.
One of the things we talk about in the interview is her experience with a nighttime festival in Poland. I believe she is referring to Zaduszki, otherwise known as All Souls Day (which I mistakenly call All Saints Day in the episode), which includes nighttime ceremonies in graveyards. If you want to know more click here.
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Born in Poland, Ania Ahlborn has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from a large wooded cemetery. Ania's first novel, SEED, was self-published. It clawed its way up the Amazon charts to the number one horror spot, earning her a multi-book deal and a key to the kingdom of the macabre. Less than five years later, her work has been lauded by the likes of Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, and the New York Times. She hopes to one day be invited to dinner at Stephen King's place, where she will immediately be crushed beneath the weight of her imposter syndrome.