Interview with Aaron Scott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several different places and was poor sometimes and middle class other times. I was at boarding school for three years. I think because of all this I have a flexible, adjustable perspective I might not have gained growing up in one milieu.
When did you first start writing?
At about age 11. I started off doing a lot of sci fi.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was sort of tinkering with it until a relationship I had been in for years dissolved and suddenly the book was all I had left, so I worked on it for six years or so. It went through many changes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My inability to find a traditional publisher or agent.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Realizing there is some kind of potential in a project that I have to look for and working on it until I suddenly make the right mistake and realize what it was I was looking for. It usually is a realization I was doing something the opposite of the right way but not seeing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have two, I think. I'm glad somebody gets it.
What are you working on next?
I am working on something that is the antithesis of The Mortal Creeps and will, at first, seem like it couldn't possibly have been written by the same person, until certain common themes begin to emerge and how it fits into a whole tapestry may be revealed. I am also hoping it is just bigger, better, faster, stronger. A bionic novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Henry Miller because he is subtle in his seeming obviousness, which I think was a big influence on the whole approach to TMC. Cormac McCarthy, absolutely. James Agee's prose style was maybe the best of the twentieth century, though I would also have to say William Burroughs is a serious contender for that. Elmore Leonard for catchy dialogue, also Hemingway for dialogue. I also like certain humour writers of the old school like Damon Runyon, Ring Lardner and Don Marquis, who were a big influence on my approach to trying to find a new conversational prose with an almost completely new set of tropes. I can't forget Mark Twain, who kind of invented that for North America. I also really love a few crime novelists like Jim Thompson and James M. Cain. James Ellroy got me excited about creating prose again; the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, Chekhov, Kafka, and I could even throw in Stephen King because his ability to manipulate the narrative form outweighs the weaknesses he is prone to..
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat meowing at the door, usually.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching movies, going for walks, my day job, listening to music.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Fantastic Four in the House of Horrors Big Little Book, it made me love stories with a lot of traps set for the characters.
How do you approach cover design?
I just try to think of what would make me interested in looking at something. I figure, I'm a regular guy who likes a lot of things other people like.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop, I have no dedicated device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm not certain because I did a whole bunch kind of willy-nilly, I'd need to do one of those annoying marketing surveys on my readers.
Describe your desk
I like a big table and I like a lot of leg room. I get hostile if anyone tries to cramp up my leg room.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I thought this was about me. ME!
Published 2014-08-14.
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Books by This Author

The Mortal Creeps
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,110. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Enter the world of Zane Eldridge. He is the mortal who creeps across the city. Roaming from the Mall of the Damned to the Mall of the Future, seeking, seeking...what? He will find a Teenage Amazon. The world will change. When a man's brain fabricates the meaning of his own life, can he find any truth that isn't his own? Or does every decision change the truth until it has no meaning?