Writing has been in Jim Aikin’s blood since his parents enrolled him in a summer typing class in 1958. He has been writing nonfiction professionally since the 1970s, and made his first fiction sale to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine in 1981. He is also an accomplished musician, and has served as the principal cellist of community orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His first novel, Walk the Moons Road, was published by Del Rey in 1985. His second novel, The Wall at the Edge of the World, was published by Ace Books in 1993 and is now available in a new edition. He blogs, mostly about writing fiction, and you can follow him on Twitter, visit his Facebook page, or check out his Amazon author page. In a subtle but implacable rebuke to the thousands of well-meaning people who have, over the years, misspelled his name, you just plain won’t be able to find him online unless you spell Aikin correctly. Also, don’t bother trying jimaikin.com. That’s a guy with the same name who lives in Florida. (How irritating!)
Jim’s four-volume epic fantasy, the Leafstone saga, was released in 2018, and is available in both paperback and ebook formats on Amazon. His upcoming projects include a historical mystery (While Caesar Sang of Hercules) and a YA fantasy mystery (Substitute Girl). A collection of his short fiction is also planned.
From 1975 through 2002 he was a staff writer and editor at Keyboard, an important monthly magazine for musicians that sadly ceased publication in 2017. His numerous freelance articles on music technology have also appeared in Electronic Musician, Mix, and other magazines. He is the author of Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming (Hal Leonard) and other books on music and music technology.
His text adventure games, available as free downloads from the Interactive Fiction Database, include Lydia’s Heart, Not Just an Ordinary Ballerina, Mrs. Pepper’s Nasty Secret (co-authored with Eric Eve), and Captivity.