About Austin Aslan

I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a degree in Wildlife (seriously…Wildlife Biology). Later that year I successfully appealed my only parking ticket. David Copperfield once disappeared me in front of 2,000 people at Caesar’s Palace, but I found my way back. I have appeared in two movies: The Getaway with Alec Baldwin and The Postman with Kevin Costner (Huzzah!). After college, I briefly drove ambulances way to fast as an EMT. Starting in 2001, I served a three-year stint in the Peace Corps in Honduras. While saving the world, I freaked out way too much about colorful birds and made lots of hideous tortillas. Upon returning to the States in 2004, I served as the campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional bid in Oregon.

From 2004 – 2011 I worked as a professional community organizer in Sacramento, California. I spearheaded several comprehensive strategies to reduce youth violence in the Sacramento region. Out of many worthwhile accomplishments, I’m particularly proud of a successful campaign to remove the name of a sordid Sacramento eugenicist from a county park and a middle school (the school was renamed Rosa Parks). There’s a great Wall Street Journal article about that campaign here. Once my wife completed her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis, we quickly vacated to the Hawaiian Islands, where we set up shop in the rainy town of Hilo on the Big Island.

Austin the Great

Austin takes his place in the Vatican Museum amongst some of Western history’s most bobbled heads.

In Hawaii, I completed a master’s degree in Tropical Conservation Biology. In the spring of 2012, I received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for my research on rare Hawaiian plants. While in Hawaii, I penned a YA disaster/survival novel with sci-fi elements and slowly polished the book to a nice glossy sheen.

Then came 12.12.12.  The day I got “the call.” ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, sold, to Wendy Lamb of Random House, in a two book deal.

These days, I spend my time between Tucson, Arizona, deep in the Sonoran Desert, where I pet scorpions and hug saguaro cacti with my high-school-sweetheart wife and our two young children, and exploring the wilds of northern Arizona while camping in a tent on a punctured air mattress and taking complicated photos of sunsets and the stars.

My writing journey toward publication was tough. I know how heartbreaking the quest for publication is, and in addition to promoting my works, one of my principal aims with this blog is to be a guiding light for other prospective authors out there. I made a lot of mistakes that unnecessarily lengthened my time in the wilderness, and I’ve learned so much along the way. I hope I can pay this knowledge forward as I enter this exciting new phase of my writing career.

16 Responses to “About Austin Aslan”

  1. That is an awesome bio, Austin.

  2. […] out and admit it here that I’ve got a bit of idol-worship for the guy — one look at his biography and you might, too. The book closely mirrors his life in some aspects, and his master’s degree […]

  3. Hello, I first saw your book in the Barnes and noble in Ala Moana. Since then, we have moved from beautiful Oahu to Tucson so my husband could attend UA. In that time, I never touched your book. Then, this morning I started to read it even though my husband told me I would just make myself sad cause it would cause me to miss Oahu. I have just finished the book and all I can say is thank god I didn’t read it until we moved away. Your depiction of the breakdown on Oahu is pretty convincing and I would have been super paranoid for days. Overall, good job.

  4. Austin Aslan Says:

    Thank you, Laura! That’s great to hear. I also moved from HI to Tucson (two June’s ago). Not an easy move! But Tucson is a splendid place in its own right. Glad you enjoyed the book, hope you’ll enjoy the sequel, too! And please, please, when you have a moment, leave a review on Amazon.com of the book! It’s really helpful when readers do that.

    Aloha!

  5. […] You found your way over to Austin Aslan during the Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt! Congratulations, you Sherlock, you. You may have arrived […]

  6. […] The Islands at the End of the World Author: Austin Aslan (he’s here on WP, and he writes back, guys!) Specs: 355 pages of story, followed by an […]

  7. […] out! You’ve hunted down Austin Aslan during the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! Welcome! You may have arrived here via PAULA STOKES. (Or […]

  8. Hello Austin,

    Like you, I’m a writer of young adult eco-fiction. I’d love to enjoy your new book, “The Girl at the Center of the Universe.” However, I’m blind, which means I need to listen to books. Since your’s is not available in audio form, would it be possible for you to send me a pdf version which I can listen to with the voice text reader on my computer? I’ll certainly post an honest review on Amazon in return.

    Thanks for your consideration and best wishes for continued writing success!

    Tio Stib
    a fellow WordPress blogger at “Travels with Tio, a Blind Writer’s Path to Happiness”

  9. […] love and gratitude goes out to Austin Aslan, author and hiker extraordinaire, who picked me to be his mentee in PitchWars. I’m sure you […]

  10. […] You found your way over to Austin Aslan during the Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! Congratulations. You may have arrived here via Christina […]

  11. […] Austin Aslan is a science fiction/fantasy writer who lives in Tucson. The Islands at the End of the World is his latest book and is set in post-apocalyptic Hawaii. […]

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