Interview with A. A Cook

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am currently in school as a tertiary student so I need to attend lectures etc but other than that you can find me binge eating in my room or with my earphones plugged into my ears as I'm reading yet another book. Sometimes I would be just hanging out with my family in front of the TV or trying to piece together another story. Lol :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have the iBooks app on my Ipad and Ipod so that's where I discover the books I want to read. You know the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" Yeah well it has the opposite effect on me when I'm browsing through the different books. If it catches my eye I tend to read the blurb and take it from there.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't recall the first story I ever read... but I do remember getting hooked on reading. It was "Tongue-Tied" by Paul Jennings- my best friend at the time got me hooked on it. I can say I finished it as soon as I got home from school later that day. It made me laugh since it was definitely quirky and witty. It made me want to read all the books written by him which I returned to the library the next day to issue more of his books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. If it catches my eye then I tend to dive into it before I move onto another book or if it's part of a series I have to finish it off. The suspense isn't cool when you feel attached to a character and the next instalment isn't complete so you have to wait... By then the "magic" fades and you have to start again. Also you can find me browsing through the Bible reading through different passages.
When did you first start writing?
I was given a laptop when I was about twelve or thirteen from one of my dad's cousins and I remember sitting in my room with an open document and started jotting down dialogue. It soon became a hobby of mine I couldn't let go even when the laptop broke. I carried it onto writing in exercise books etc.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is getting the reader hooked. It would be great to inspire someone just by your own thoughts through the eyes of your characters. That would be cool if someone liked the book or story and told you so don't you think?
Published 2014-06-12.
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