Ascension Denied is E.A.A. Wilson’s debut novel, set for release in October 2014. I was lucky enough to read the novel now, and what can I say? It’s something.
The story of Alice Shepherd, or should I say, the story of her afterlife, Ascension Denied has the right dosage of humor to make something as serious as death and the afterlife a lot less frightening. Of course, they do say that the most serious issues can only be told in the form of jokes.
But strangely enough the humor of the whole situation is given by how the afterlife resembles real life; how things are different and yet the same. Some might see this as ridiculous, but plausible nonetheless. Or at least funny. But this novel is so much more than that… what I liked most is the fact that, to me, shows how Alice fights to fulfill her destiny in the afterlife. What she failed to do in life, she tries to accomplish in death.
In a bureaucratic and corrupt afterlife, Alice is still the master of her soul.
Following a childhood in Norway, E. A. A. Wilson returned to her native England to study Criminology and Journalism, reigniting an old passion for writing about the odd and unusual. Instead of indulging her passion, however, she made the sensible choice to nurture a sensible career in a sensible business. She became deft at filling in many forms and producing numerous reports, most of which have been filed away securely and will never be seen again.
After nearly a decade of sharpening pencils and resolving printer jams, E. A. A. Wilson discovered that she was, in fact, a writer imprisoned in a bureaucrat’s body. She left her purgatory to pursue her dreams.
In 2011 she settled in Florida with her husband Matt and baby daughter Olivia, and immediately started writing. She has penned several short stories and essays under the collection The Foible, co-authored Humbug: An Ebenezer Scrooge Mystery (Simon & Schuster Gallery), is an ordained minister and a student of metaphysics.
Ascension Denied is E. A. A. Wilson’s first novel.