Interview with Aaron Fernandez

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school after a history class project wherein we were to develop our ideal school. Mine, nerd that I am, was a university. After completing that project, I thought it would make a great setting for a story. Over the next two years, the story I'd written had received a high number of hits and a few pieces of fan art that I've kept to this day.

With college on the horizon, though, writing for pleasure had to take a backseat to classwork, and I wasn't able to write again in earnest until 2008, Writing during work breaks and evenings at home was all I could manage for the longest time and I've lost count of how many times the work I'd done had been revised or scrapped altogether, but that's all part of the process.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
3rd grade -- this takes me back -- a one-page work for class that centered on a man looking for answers to his problems and finding what he needed in a library. My hopeless nerdiness was obvious, even then, but it was a private school, so we were all on the same level.
What is your writing process?
Slow. Every time I get ready to write again, I take a look at what I'd written up to that point. I'm a firm believer in allowing the writing to proceed organically, as though I'm watching a movie and just taking dictation. If you try to force a scene or a bit of dialogue, it will show and strike the reader as stilted.

If "seeing" the story doesn't work for you, you've created the characters and know them better than anyone else does; put yourself in their position and write how you would react. Every character represents some facet of you or, by extension, your perception of someone you know. How you feel a story should proceed and how it actually should proceed to maintain story flow and readability may be two complete separate things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy listening to music, learning trivia, and spending time in the kitchen baking. There's something about the chemistry lab-like nature of baking that puts me at ease.
What are you working on next?
I'm juggling three other books in the series in various states of completion, along with a fantasy novel that had its first roots in my freshman year of college. I've been meaning to get back to that, but it's taken a backseat to the mystery series in process now.
Why are your characters talking animals?
Frankly, I feel that animals are more interesting and provide greater opportunities for interaction and characterization than humans. Also, playing to a species' capabilities or lack thereof can add a twist to a narrative.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sublimating feelings of anger or sexual tension that I can't release any other way.
Published 2015-01-23.
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