Interview with Aaron Hollingsworth

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. It featured a life-sized dinosaur statue that comes to life to spend the day playing with a little boy. I wanted to be that boy.
What is your writing process?
I flesh out each main character, understanding them inside and out. I create an environment and situation to put them in. Now, here's the tricky part: I then follow the characters around and write down what they do. In a weird way, my characters write the story, not me.

Also, I drink tons of coffee for focus and clarity.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Indeed. It was roughly four hundred pages of story script intended to become a comic book or graphic novel. It would instead eventually become my first novel. Four Winds - One Storm: The Bone Brick City.
How do you approach cover design?
My wife does my covers, so I must approach very carefully.
What is your favorite book, and why?
Lamb by Christopher Moore. I love the humor and message of friendship in this book. Also, Moore has a strong ability to make exotic places in the past seem familiar and believable. This book just has a great variety of cool things going on.
What do you read for pleasure?
Paychecks and earnings statements.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my Nook. I have two.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Pitching directly to costumers at conventions. There are few joys like convincing a stranger to take a chance on your work.
Describe your desk
Multi-part screwdriver. Pyramid of bottle caps. Various notes. A peacock feather. Litmus paper. A harmonica.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote poetry as a teen and songs as a bachelor in my twenties. Now that I'm in my thirties, I write weird fiction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Four Winds-One Storm is everything I've enjoyed in comic books and action/mystery films. It's all about the group dynamic, how the different characters relate to each other. I had these ideas for a new form of magic, new races, and a new kind of cosmology that, as far as I know, is quite original. In this world/reality, the truth is subjective and it is the philosophers who control the magic. It has elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror; but it is mainly its own weird thing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm an unconventional conventionist.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Every time I read the word "Smashwords", I think "Smash Swords", and then I wonder what "smash swords" are and how to wield them against giant monster spiders....I'm sorry. What was the question?
Published 2015-07-12.
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Books by This Author

The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,330. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Overcome with regret for selling Romeo a powerful poison, the Apothecary of Mantua tries to undo the tragedy that befell Verona. This is a story of forbidden alchemy, ruthless inquisition, malign fairies, foul murders, and resurrections-gone-awry.
Four Winds - One Storm: The Geohex of Wraith County
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 200,910. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
As Wraith County swells with the restless spirits of the dead, a team of supernatural warrior investigators seek a way to undo the ancient land-curse. Weird adventure and reality-bending action fill the pages in this second installment of FOUR WINDS - ONE STORM!
The Broken Bards of Paris
Price: Free! Words: 17,500. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Cyrano De Bergerac team up to rescue Napoleon's wife.
Four Winds - One Storm: The Bone Brick City
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,400. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Supernatural crimes call for supernatural investigators in this weird action mystery.