Author Aurora Whittet photographed by Eliesa JohnsonAurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired child in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed her first saga; the Bloodmark Saga. She is a national award-winning graphic designer in her day job. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.

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As a child, I was inspired by everything I saw and watched every detail of the people around me. I was delighted by each aspect and layer that made the complexity of everyone I came in contact with. It sounds strange to say, but that was the beginning of finding my voice as an author. At a very young age I was imagining fanciful stories in my head. Any time I was left alone, my mind would wander off and create something. I followed my creative voice down many paths. Writing stories for my friends and inviting them into my world.

I went on to follow my urge to create as a designer, creating beautiful invitations, announcements, websites, and many advertising campaigns for corporate clients, but my heart still yearned for the written word. Every generation throughout time, has had story tellers and I wanted desperately to be one of them.

It wasn’t until my mother was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in 2009 that mortality finally brought me to reality. The reality that time is not guarantied and frankly no matter the longevity of your life, there is just never enough time. I realized if my heart still wanted to write, that there was no time like the present so I chose to follow my dreams and start writing. I wrote for my dream, I wrote for my passion, I wrote so I could create a world that I could hide when the reality of cancer was too much. I hadn’t intended that day I started writing to put my mother in my novel, but that is exactly what happened. As we fought for her life day after day, doctor appointment after doctor appointment, chemo injection after chemo injection, I must admit the fear of losing the most influential person in my life, fueled my need to connect with her on the page.

So I made her immortal on the page, a place which no one and no cancer could ever steal her from me. A place in which she would always be strong and healthy and I could always seek her out.

Every night when I got off work from my day job as a graphic designer I would go home and work on Bloodmark. Writing into the late night hours, fulfilling my dream. I spent the next three years doing research, character development, outlines and writing before Bloodmark ever saw another person’s eyes. With the help of my amazing and supportive friends and family I received their constructive criticism and was able to start the self-editing process, both frightening and exciting. I hired editor Amy Quale of Wise Ink in the winter of 2013 having Bloodmark professionally proofed and edited.

My beautiful mother lost her battle with cancer on March 28, 2013. We are still healing from the holes left in our hearts, but her amazing spirit pushes me forward and surrounds me with her love. My mother is and always will be my best friend.

Bloodmark was published on November 1, 2013 as a hardcover and ebook and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes. Bloodrealms will publish on October 31, 2014 as a hardcover and ebook!