Do You Believe in Legend?
By Ani Manjikian
Legend isn’t about people. It’s about pursuing a dream or higher ideal. About believing in something impossible and transforming the belief into reality through faith and hard work. The future is a legend written and unwritten.
Jeffery R. Mason
Do You Believe in Legend?
About the Story
Jo Mason believes that creativity, spontaneity, and faith exist as definable words, but not actionable items. Negative consequences always follow the rare positive outcomes. It seems her destiny is surviving a chaotic world she can’t control. That is until a man from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. Jo hopes he can give her some answers. There is only one slight problem… He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help.
About the Author
Born and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer/editor, and aesthetic instincts of a designer/photographer.
Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, she set out to finish a single horse story and get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.
While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction and need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.
Over the past few months I’ve helped Ani Manjikian to edit her newest release, Do You Believe in Legend? It has been an interesting and learning experience for me as well as the author. When I read the first book in her series, Spirit of the Lone Horse, I was unaware it was a science fiction story until reading a little way into the book. I was delighted and loved the story. It was among the first few books for which I wrote a review on Amazon and I rated it with high praises.
Memory fails me whether I offered or Ani asked if I would help with reading and editing Do You Believe in Legend? the second book of the Stars of Heros series. In either case it was an honor to be a part of the process. The first read through was a simple copy edit with an eye for grammar and typographical errors. Subsequent edits involved suggestions on plot holes, realistic relationships, and human behavior. Questions arose about some elements or events that seemed ambiguous or confusing, which helped Ani refine the insight and details so readers would not get lost, confused, or bogged down in historical details. I believe this second book in the Stars of Heros series shows the increasing skill level of Ani as a story teller. This second book in the series is even better than the first – and I still love book one – Spirit of the Lone Horse.