Interview with Aza Enigma

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book (Finding Freedom) is one born of my own frustrations with finding a path back to society after my conviction. Even though I was convicted at a young age, few employers are forgiving of such backgrounds, and I had to learn how to overcome that obstacle. Through a decade of experience with the collateral consequences of my conviction, I learned about various forms of relief that were available in my state, and I wanted to expand this to reach fellow felons who are currently struggling with their own conviction. Whether it's early stage (just convicted) or twenty years into the life, we could all use a bit of a leg up in this world, and I aim to provide it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved reading and learning new words. I often preferred sitting and reading over social interaction, and this insistence opened a whole new world to me. Whether it was informative ( I'd read the encyclopedias and dictionaries at home when I was really bored) or fictional, I found something beautiful within the books I found.
I started writing when I was very young, but until recently, I never thought I'd have the opportunity to share my writing with others. Smashwords has made this possible by offering a wonderful platform for indie author distribution, and it helped me get past some of the obstacles I faced with traditional publishing companies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is sharing information and stories, as well as connecting with like-minded individuals. It is also a bit of a vulnerable feeling that comes with every book, but that disappears when I've been able to connect with and help another person in a similar situation.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on two book projects. One is a combination of fiction and non-fiction which is based on letters between my grandparents when the first World War was at its peak. The second is an inspection of spirituality and perspective, where the major religious systems are broken down and examined by comparison and contrast.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh dear, I'm one of the millions of Stephen King fans for sure. I also love Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, and a few others that I can't recall at this time. There are so many wonderful authors out there, and it's hard to keep track of the ones that aren't marketed in our faces every day.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration to get out of bed is based on my desire to support my family. While I get into slumps like every other person, I make myself keep pushing forward each day so that I can give my family what they need.
I also have a strong inclination to prove everyone wrong that said I'd never be able to make something of myself after my conviction. It might be an obstacle for some, but I'm determined to make it my own, and to rise above the stigma of conviction.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm probably working my day-job, or having a binge of whatever series/seasons of show that has piqued my interest at the time, that is - when I'm not crafting something insane for my son or for my Etsy/Fiverr freelance accounts. We're currently building a cardboard castle that will go over his bed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh goodness. The first story that I remember writing outside of an English assignment - is one that I never finished. It was based around a character that had witnessed a murder and became haunted by the ghost of the person that was murdered. The ghost would eventually drive them insane, unless they decided to turn in the individual that murdered them, however, the murderer was an individual with great political power. I got through maybe six pages of writing, and completely forgot about it.
What is your writing process?
It depends on what I'm working on, but I typically work on the outline in my head until I think I have enough to put into my word processor. I'll jump back and forth as I work on each book, adding and editing as different ideas come up while I'm working on it. Research often brings me more ideas, and for one of the books I'm working on now, reading old war diaries helps put me in the proper mindset. Especially when I'm working on such a period based piece, I have to sort of send myself to that time and put myself in the mindset that would be appropriate for that period. It gets difficult sometimes because I tend to write on very different subjects in each book. I have to compartmentalize them very specifically in my own way to keep it all separate.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Bridge to Terabithia was the first story that had a true impact on me. It was where I found my love of tragedy stories really. The book was so moving and insightful to me, I can't even describe it without going into abstract thoughts that won't make any sense here.
Published 2017-07-11.
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Books by This Author

Finding Freedom - A Guide to Life After a Felony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Substance Abuse & Addictions / Drug Dependence, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Labor rights
A guide for the felons of the United States, where tips, hints, and state by state felony relief information is outlined along with glimpses into the personal recovery of the author. Made by a felon, for felons. Find re-entry tips that help improve your chances of getting the jobs you really want after your conviction. Break the chain of your bad background with the Friendly Felon.