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M.K. England Books In Order

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The Disasters (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spellhacker (2020) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

M.K. England is a librarian and author from Virginia that grew up in Florida. Before all that she had worked several odd jobs that included teaching assistant, experimental music composer, book store clerk, customer service punching bag, and concessions worker. Megan is queer in both gender and orientation and prefers to use she/her or them/they pronouns. She is also a strong defender of fan culture, fanworks, and fandom. She also advocates for science literacy, planetary science, and exploration. She has frequently written on the intersection of creative work, mental health, and the writing community. When she is not being a librarian or writing, she may be found feeding her video game addiction with “Dungeons and Dragons,” digging in the garden and improvising songs. She also loves “Star Wars” and has been a TeenPit mentor, a three-time Pitch Wars mentor, and NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison. She published her debut novel “The Disasters” in 2018 followed by “Spellhacker” a science fiction/young adult fantasy mashup in 2020.

England loves to describe herself as the typical nerd as she plays all manner of dorky games, loves science fiction shows and writes and reads fanfiction. Since she is a librarian during the day, she has the perfect job as she can pursue her love for young adult fiction. Her first love was young adult fiction and hence she found a job working with “Books-a-Million,” where she got to understand everything about the genre. She read the likes of Tamora Pierce, Eragon, Sabriel among others but in 2009 she decided to become an author. While M.K. loved the genre, she had a lot of anxiety and started and canned several 5000- and 10,000-word manuscripts. Each canned manuscript destroyed her confidence and it would not come back for several months sometimes even a year. It was not until 2014 that she pledged to write every day until she had the first complete rough draft. While it was not exceptional, it proved to her that she could learn and become a professional author. She finished writing the manuscript for “The Disaster” during the 2014 NaNoWriMo and then entered the novel in the 2015 “Pitch Wars” before she started pitching. There was a lot of interest but she finally decided to go with Barbara Poelle and the novel got published in 2018. It is quite the achievement since unlike many professional authors she does not have any formal training in creative writing though being a librarian, she knows a lot about research and what readers want.

Her debut novel “The Disasters” combines plotty mystery elements, humor, and lovable characters to please just about anyone. M.K. England finds inspiration for her novels from just about anywhere. Her novels will typically start as vague idea seeds that she throws into a Google doc where they sit for several years until she finds the right inspiration. The inspiration for her debut novel came from the story from an article she read about the space academy, where a hotshot pilot failed to make the cut on his very first day. The catalyst was the 2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie which she thought was so much fun but more importantly, gave her an inkling into the impact of disasters. Since she comes from the gaming world, she tends to write her ensembles in a way that resembles a video game or an adventure party of something like “Dungeons & Dragons.” In her stories, she comes at the roles of the characters from a technical or functional standpoint such as a gunner, navigator, pilot or any such designation. As for the traits of the characters, they are either part of the original idea, for reasons of plot or just because they are fun. Each character usually has their own goals and arcs in the story and this usually makes for what feels like an ensemble.

M.K. England’s “The Disasters” is a compelling science fiction story of Nax Hall, a Hotshot pilot. He is known for making bad decisions and hence when he is thrown out of the Elis Station Academy, no one is surprised. But his journey back home to planet Earth never gets off as the Academy becomes the target of a terrorist attack. Nax and three of his colleagues barely escape but not before they witness the biggest crime ever perpetrated since man decided to colonize distant planets. But as the only survivors and witnesses to the attack, they are soon convenient scapegoats forced to go on the run. They have been framed for the attack on the academy and the only way to clear their names is by conducting a heist through which they can spread the truth about the attack. While they had all been misfits set to be deported back home, they are the only ones that can step up and fight the terrorists. It is a story full of humor and high stakes action as underdogs transform into heroes.

“Spellhacker” by M.K England is a science fiction and fantasy combination set in Kyrkarta, a futuristic city. The lead in the novel is a talented hacker with communication issues known as Diz. She works alongside her friends Jaesin, Remi, and Ania all of who have special powers. Magic was once upon a time abundant in their world but ever since the earthquake things have changed. The quake released a massive toxic strain that had resulted in something akin to the plague but of the spell casting kind. The four combine their gifts that include brute strength, spell weaving, and tech witching to run an illegal magic business. They siphon magical powers from other people with supernatural abilities. However, everything has to come to an end since all of Diz’s friends are leaving for college and only she will be left behind. They decide to do one more heist though it proves ultra-dangerous and when something unexpected happens, they unearth a conspiracy that would put the future of the world at risk. It is an exciting story that takes its readers through a carefully constructed world with fascinating magic, captivating technology, and a lovable cast of diverse characters.

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