AE Kirk lives within the majestic Devonshire countryside in England, UK where she wrote her novel, Loving In Time, within three months for a competition. Winning joint runner-up, she continued to write a number of other books ranging from sci-fi, to fantasy and action and a year later, while she was in South Korea teaching English, found a publisher. Kirk, who is Editor in Chief for a fantasy and sci-fi magazine, Kingdom of Fantasy, loves nothing more than to write interesting and unique stories with unusual plot-twists. After gaining a Masters in Social Archaeology at Lampeter University, Wales, Kirk uses her research skills to describe, in vivid detail, the ancient locations in her books. Kirk's passions in archaeology shines through in Loving In Time, her first published novel.
Living in New England, half Greek half American high school student, Helen, lives a relatively normal life; a mother and father and two bratty younger twin brothers. But it all changes when her mother welcomes two strange but devilishly cute boys, Marcus and Gus, into the house and into Helen’s life.
While the boys live with Helen, they help her discover that she is far from normal and she is, in fact, part of an ancient Grecian love story that has stretched to every corner of the world. She is Helen of Sparta from the myth, Helen of Troy. The boys however, ask a difficult favour from her, to leave her modern family and go back in time to help break an ancient cycle.
Given the ability to stop time and travel into centuries past, she and her new friends, Marcus and Gus, are joined by five other boys who try and protect Helen from the evil Decurion soldiers; ancient time travellers who wish to stop Helen from breaking the cycle.
Journeying to Ancient Greece, Helen must act as she once had but when the moment the war begins and Helen must break the cycle, she is given a life changing decision. The question is, will she choose wisely?
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I had to write a novel for a competition within 3 months and I had never truly done a romance, so I decided to combine my love of archaeology with romance and sci-fi, a personal favourite genre, and came up with re-writing Homer's Iliad to a degree.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Approximately just under three months.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I like being able to escape from the norms and give my brain the chance to tell a story from start to finish. Though I'm not the best writer, I like to think myself as being reasonably creative and coupled with my passion for research, I like to combine the two when writing.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Sometimes there is a monotonous feeling about writing and I think, "Why am I writing this? It's so boring." It's only happened twice so far, but it's a horrible thing to feel.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Sandra Bullock probably because she's an awesome actress and is extremely elegant which is something that I could never pull off.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Mincemeat from 2011. It won't be out of date for another 2 years though, so we're still good.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Epic fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories, or short-stories about feckless pirates. The world and my brain is my oyster when it comes to writing. I could go anywhere in the future.