Interview with Aaron Lowe

What do your fans mean to you?
As a new author, just the thought that I might have a few fans is incredibly exciting. When I started this journey, it was hard to imagine what it would be like to have a book published. Having actual fans was not even on my mind. To my fans, all I can say is thank you so much. Without you, my words mean nothing.
What are you working on next?
I have been working on some short stories set in the Shroud universe. I like using short stories to enrich the content of the world and to give a stronger base to the novels set there. The second Shroud novel is also in the works.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is something that changes over time for me. Though really it's a list that just gets longer the older I get. Growing up, some of my favorite authors were David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Laurell K. Hamilton. As a young adult, I added Terry Goodkind, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, and David Weber to the list. J.K. Rowling made the list as well. There are others, but a full list of all of my favorites would be an undertaking akin to one of my books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
For now, paying the bills gets me out of bed. I hope to make writing a full-time pursuit but for now I still have to hold down a 9 to 5 to pay the bills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a fairly avid gamer and reader. I mostly play computers games due to the state and stagnation of the console market. I also enjoy tabletop gaming of most sorts. I love pen and paper RPG's when I have a good group to play with. Reading tends to be something I do in spurts. I usually finish a book in a day or two so the reading comes when I find a book I want to read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I frequently look at book lists people have created. I'll use a book I really like as the starting point and then find other books people have enjoyed along with that one. My friends and family offer books at times as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I am pretty sure the first real story I wrote, start to finish, was in second grade or so. It was based on a joke I'd heard about a green gorilla. It was only a couple of pages, but I still remember the story well. At some point I plan to make a collection of my writing from my childhood for fun.
What is your writing process?
With a full-time job and a life outside of it, finding the time to write was the most difficult. I wrote a very general and rough outline of the story to give myself a rough framework to follow. For the actual writing of the book, the process I settled on was a minimum daily writing requirement of 1,000 words. I could write more if I felt like it, but I had to hit that mark. There were many days that I was really tired and just wanted to go to sleep, but I managed to get it done almost every day. I also liked to to word and page counts at the end of each week. It really gave me a sense of accomplishment seeing how far I'd come each week.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read on my own was Redwall by Brian Jaques. I picked it out because I liked the cover and the summary of the story. I read it because my class was having a reading contest. It was a Saturday or Sunday morning when I decided to stay in bed and read. I can honestly say it changed my life. Redwall is responsible for kindling my love of reading and leading me to where I am today. Thank you, Brian Jaques.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't pick a cover until the book is finished or mostly finished. Then I find a photo or artwork that fits the feel and character of the story. If it's part of a series, I make sure the cover art has a certain consistency from book to book. I'm also a big fan of the K.I.S.S. principle so I do my best to follow it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've never liked this question, if only because I can't decide what my five top books are. Instead, I'll talk about five books I really loved and why. They aren't necessarily the top, but they are quite good (just my opinion):

Oath of Swords by David Weber
The fantasy world Mr. Weber created is rich and engross, and Bahzell is a wonderful reluctant hero who doesn't truly understand his own worth. Mr. Weber does an amazing job of bringing his characters to life. I have yet to read one of his books and not enjoy it thoroughly.

On Basilisk Station by David Weber
This was a life-changing book for me as well. It was given to me by someone who thought the main character, Honor Harrington, was too harsh and cold. For me, she represents someone we would should all strive to emulate. Her competence, loyalty, honor, and sense of right coupled with her very human self-doubt and weaknesses make her possibly my favorite all-time character.

The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
Eddings has several series. The Belgariad was the first I read, but the Elenium is probably my favorite. It's more mature than Belgarion's story and is a solid favorite from my younger years.

The Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton
I started reading these books in high school and continue to read them as they come out. I've really loved how Anita and the other characters have evolved over the years. The maturity of the series has evolved as I've grown older as well. Picking up a book from Hamilton is like pulling on a favorite pair of fuzzy, warm socks. I don't know what the next book has in store, but I know I'll be there with some beloved long-time friends.

The Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey
For me, Lackey represents the epitome of what it means to make your readers feel just what the characters are feeling. Never have I been hit harder with the emotional lows and highs of a book than when I read her stories. She has an uncanny ability to capture the point of view of any character and help you feel what they feel as they live and love.
What made you decide to self-publish?
The freedom and control of self-publishing is unmatched by the world of the big publishers. The satisfaction and euphoria of seeing a book that I wrote, edited, formatted, and published is beyond words.
Published 2014-01-19.
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Transformation
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