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Interview with Aaron L. Speer

September 20, 2018

 

I love writing adult paranormal fiction. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts... oh my. I've been writing since I was 11 but I've always been a dreamer... often getting caught staring off into space as I created stories in my mind.

One of my stories, Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets Series Book 1), won the 2017 Golden Stake Award at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival held in Transylvania annually. I'm still quite chuffed about walking away with it after facing some great contenders.

 

Now, on with the interview...

 

ME: What is your favourite childhood book?

AARON: The Magic Faraway Tree.
 

ME: What is the first book that made you cry?

AARON: None.
 

ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?

AARON: Unfortunately, I haven't retired to the Maldives from writing yet. So I work 9 to 5 and I'm a dad. Which is a job in itself but the best one I have.
 

ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?

AARON: Yes. Mostly I'm met with warmish indifference. The people around me don't read what I write. So it's not a big deal either way.
 

ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.

AARON: I do. But panicking makes it worse. I read past reviews to remind myself what people loved. I listen to music to visualise scenes. It always comes back.
 

ME: Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?

AARON: Was a plotter. Now 70/30 pants.
 

ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

AARON: Depends on the series. For my first book, I spent months pre and during production to look up historical facts and see how I could shape my story to fit in. My own spin on history. 
For my latest, I spent a few days looking up medical situations I could use in the same mindset as above with more attention to realism.

 

ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?

AARON: I'm a fan of series. It's so much fun to continue characters' journeys and for them to throw curve balls at you over a period of time. The challenge to keep things fresh and exciting drives me.
 

ME: Where do your story ideas come from?

AARON: Stories I want to read but can't find.
 

ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?

AARON: I do. Mostly Australian history told in flashbacks to explain the current narrative (when needed).


ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?

AARON: All of them. All the male ones anyway. All have a distinct characteristic of mine.
 

ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?

AARON: Unless a name pops out, which happens a lot, a good old name generator works wonders.
 

ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?

AARON: Matt from the Undeadly Secrets Series. I had a fairly solid plan for him but during book 2 that kinda went by the wayside and fans REALLY hate him. His new journey has been tough to construct but NOW will fit better.
 

ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books

AARON: Many times.
 

ME: What was your hardest scene to write?

AARON: A woman dealing with abuse. That was and probably always will be the hardest scene I'll write.
 

ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?

AARON: Exhaust. Unfortunately, I only get time to do it by forcing time out of my day. If I have any strength left, I'll write whatever I can.
 

ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?

AARON: Scorpion. Coz that's just how I roll.
 

ME: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

AARON: Get ready for a love affair that will never quite break your heart but will always find a way to excite you.
 

ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?

AARON: Thinking it is easy. It's not.
 

ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

AARON: My covers.

 

ME: Thanks Aaron! See you soon. EEKKK!!

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