Interview with Aaron L Speer

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been a fan of vampires for as long as I can remember. In late 2010 I walked into a bookstore in Sydney and noticed that their vampire section was almost wall to wall with the same looking/sounding material.
I wanted to write a vampire story based on this, but needed an idea. What could I do that hadn't already been done? Vampires have been around since ancient times through myth and later, movies.
Then, I was listening to my phones tracks and came across a very old Australian folk song, "Give Me a Home Among The Gum Trees" which had the lyrics:
Some people like their houses, with fences all around,
others live in mansions, and some beneath the ground
With that, the idea came to me; what if vampires were in Australia, since day one? There were signs all around us but no one knew where to look, and those that did, ended up dead, or worse.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a terrible introduction to publishing with Raider Publishing International back in 2009. Back then I jumped at the chance to sign a contract with the first company that showed an interest in my manuscript, even though it was a vanity publisher. I felt ashamed and cheated in dealing with them, so much that I gave up writing for a few years. The book was basically spat out months overdue, full of errors, and didn't feel like my book anymore. Correspondence went months without reply and I was lied to about the amounts of royalties I got, which they pocketed.
In this case, I have the ability to control almost everything that goes into Night Walker. While I would love to be able to generate enough money to support my family, my main goal is to have people read something they've never seen before, and are glad to do so
What do your fans mean to you?
Absolutely everything. One of the pleasures I have is talking with people about the books, their experiences and what they enjoyed. If I can have people honestly say they loved what I wrote, that it made them forget their issues for a while, that's the most important thing
What are you working on next?
Day Dreamer, book two in the Undeadly Secrets Series. Due for release early-mid 2016

Alex Hensley thought that discovering vampires existing in Sydney was as dangerous as her life could possibly get, but she was wrong. Her very survival still depends on her ability to keep the secret. Just when Alex believes she has a grip on her new life, Nicholas, the teenage son of her estranged cousin shows up unannounced and gives her a chilling note from his mother, begging for help; the boy is in grave danger.

Nicholas, though kind and mild mannered is not forthcoming and Alex senses something is dreadfully wrong. The more Alex delves, the closer she is to igniting a war more personal for her than she ever dreamed. Though she cannot turn the boy away, something perhaps even worse than vampires has been unleashed in Sydney. The vampire nation scrambles as tensions rise. Their hold over the city has never been challenged like this, and they would rather destroy Sydney than relinquish it.

How can Alex hope to protect Nick, when the entire city is under threat and Alex can warn no one?

Ideals will be shaken. Friendships will be tested. Allegiances will be questioned.

The streets of Sydney will shatter as a bloodthirsty battle, once thought to exist only in myth, rises at the full moon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I'm doing what I love. It is the first and only job I've ever enjoyed
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making it up to my beautiful wife that has to share me with my other passion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a few select authors I follow, ones that write in the same genre. I like knowing a bit about what's out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. It was called Vigilante, a sci fi soap opera as a mix of Star Wars and Star Trek. I was about nine or ten
What is your writing process?
Listen to music.
Plot
Listen to music
Write what comes to mind
Listen to music
Repeat
Published 2016-02-17.
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