A.J. Ponder

“Writing is about fun. Reading doubly so.”

—A.J. Ponder—award winning and USA Today Bestselling author—check out A.J’s free stories below.

A.J. Ponder has a head full of monsters, and recklessly spills them out onto the written page. Beware dragons, dreadbeasts, taniwha, and small children—all are equally dangerous, and capable of treading on your heart—or tearing it, still beating, from your chest.

Notable stories include: Quest, Sir Julius Vogel award winning short story, Frankie and the Netball Clone. BlindSight, a Rapunzel-themed dystopian horror published in At the Edge; Dying for the Record, runner up for Arc and Tomorrow Projects’ competition, The Future Always Wins; And Ahi Kā (Prose and interwoven sonnet, Truth Lies in Fire and Dies in Flame), co-winner of NZSA NorthWrite 2013 Collaboration Contest. Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, and the Sir Julius Vogel Award winning short story, Frankie and the Netball Clone.

An Affliction of Poetry

A.J. has never got the hang of blogging, despite having a blog and a site dedicated to poetry. Although, to be honest, it would be inadvisable to visit a poetry blog in case you meet a stray Vogon. http://anafflictionofpoetry.blogspot.co.nz

FREE stories available online

A.J. Ponder - monstrous. 
Picture of a Dodo - but please imagine it's another large extinct bird, like the Haast Eagle or a moa! For A.J's story "The Secret Child"

Monstrous – Cryptozoological Tales “The Forgotten World,” is an action adventure set in 1920’s New Zealand. It’s based on high-adventure stories like Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World” and is in fact (believe it or not) the inspiration for his insights on cryptozoology.

Discover a terrifying slice of ancient New Zealand before it is hidden away from the outside world forever.

The Secret Child by  USA Today Bestselling author  A.J. Ponder/

Black book cover with a sword and interlocked writing.

The Secret Child free for people who sign up to my newsletter, and on your favourite e-retailer etc here (if it isn’t free on Amazon, please complain!) or book funnel here

Young Jonathan Goodfellow and his father set out to rescue children from slavers with the help of the Bairnsley University underground. Things go from bad to impossible when a raiding party of thurgles – huge giant-like creatures – and their hellhounds get there first. Then the Bairnsley University wizards fail to arrive. Will the Goodfellows save the children? Or will Jonathan become a slave himself?

Read The Secret Child today! The fate of the world depends on it…

Quirky, fun science fiction & fantasy for all ages