Ahwatukee author’s apocalyptic series continues

Longtime resident and author Anussa Stringer likes to cast her novels far off into the future, where life is not nearly as cozy as Ahwatukee. Anissa Stringer, a long-time Ahwatukee resident and author, has just released her two latest books in an apocalyptic series, The Glare.

Her latest books, “By the Oath” and “The Secret Lives of Healers” are her 13th and 14th novels, respectively, as well as numbers six and seven set in the world of The Glare, which begins in Ahwatukee.

“By the Oath” can be read as a stand-alone novel or as a continuation of a three-book series in which earth has changed greatly in 1,000 years – one difference being humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.

In this book, readers follow the heroine Lista, a newly trained healer assigned to help the sick of a nearby village. Some of the characters introduced in this book make their way into the next, “The Secret Lives of Healers.”

Writing apocalyptic fiction in Stringer’s hands isn’t all Dystopian doom and gloom, but it exists.

How Stringer’s characters, the majority are younger women, rise above dark conditions makes the author’s stories stand out.

Besides often scary surroundings and occurrences, the post-apocalyptic world, in which they must navigate, brings opportunities for learning and loving.

Stringer points out that her characters live very back-to-basics lifestyle.

“The apocalypse strips away the veneer of society and eliminates the social constructs that guide our lives. It also exposes our vulnerabilities in a way most other genres can’t,” she said. “The apocalypse offers a unique opportunity to delve into topics like resiliency and the dark side of human nature.”

These are but a few themes that run through her Glare series and the newer books she recently self-published. All are available on Amazon.

Stringer doesn’t view even the worst in a post-apocalyptic world as a dark ending, but sees it rather as “a do-over for human beings.”

“I think apocalyptic fiction is so popular right now because we’re all exhausted,” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily feel like we’re actually living. We’re just trying to get through the day. The Apocalypse gets us back to simpler times. You either succeed or fail depending on whether you adapt to your surroundings, on whether you can hunt or grow a garden.”

Writing was a natural offshoot of Stringer’s passion for reading.Because her father was in the Army, she and her family moved around a lot.“I discovered that books let me escape the anxiety that came with going to a new school and meeting new kids every couple of years,” Stringer said. “I started my first novel in college, although I never finished it – it was that bad. But I’ve been writing ever since.”A magazine writer, Stringer published her first book in 2015 followed shortly by Blood of an Elf: Quinn’s Story.In both, the protagonists were young women.“I do tend to write about females, I like strong women characters,” she said. “They’re typically fairly young, depending on the book.”The Glare series begins when a wavelength […]

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