Interview with A.A. Forringer

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the whole Outfitters Universe is how could a lowly schlub like me get into space, I am not a astronaut or a scientist so NASA was out, but I want to have adventures. I wanted to be Captain Kirk's nephew, I wanted to live on the Enterprise and later the Millennium Falcon. I mean what kid growing watching science fiction didn't? But I also loved history and wanted to meet the people from the Old West, or a Roman soldier so I tried to combine these two in The Outfitters Universe. Some History, some Sci-Fi Adventure and a war to tie it all together and give it purpose.
Describe your desk
It is a long table really, no drawers unless you count the filing cabinet next to it. Brown.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, someone got me a Nook, but I just did not buy into it, not for any real reason, I was just was stuck on paper, then I got a Ipad with a Kindle app and something clicked and now I love the thing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I thought I grew up in the suburbs, but when I went away to college, I learned that no I really did grow up in the county, bailed hay every summer and worked with cows and tractors. I think it influenced my writing in that it showed me my perspective, my thought of what is normal is not always so, and that really expanded my ability in part to tell a story from a different angle or viewpoint. Or at least taught me to try and do that.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None right now, still looking to get this book more than a few feet off the ground.
When did you first start writing?
About 1994 before my daughter was born I alawys had the idea in my head for Scouts Out, but that is when I really sat down and started working on it.
What are you working on next?
The book Scouts Out is the first book in the Outfitter's Universe. There will be three types of stories: Fleet Stories (of which Scouts Out is the First); Renegade Tales, which tell stories of people that have decided not to fight with the Fleet but strike out on their own for whatever reason (the first of these is Disconnect the second is titled Concrete Myth); and the third is the Home Bounder Chronicles which tells the stories of people who have left the fleet to go to Earth or people going Earth for R & R or to recover from an injury and how the Earth has changed in the last hundred to a thousand years or so since they were taken by the Outfitters.

The next book in the Outfitters Universe does not have a title yet, but it will be a Fleet Story and the crew of the Arrogant Lion plays a major role. A person we have seen in Fleet Intelligence has a major role, along with some story lines on the Admiral's ship, the Redemption.
How do you approach cover design?
I knew after finishing Scouts out I knew what I wanted, the scene where Leo is bone tired and waiting to make his report on the mining ship, his ship is busted up, the crew is exhausted and he is leaning up against a wall.

I found Graham Kennedy from Great Britain at ( or and he did a great job on the art work, he was prompt, and very responsive to my many suggestions and direction.

Graham has since done the other covers with less direction from me, and they have turned out great, so I got Graham to redo the cover on Scouts Out, and I loved it and now it has a new cover, which is much more exciting then the first one.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The surest way to get my stuff out there, without investing a fortune.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well we shall see what comes, I hope I contribute to their success as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating something that someone else can maybe say, 'hey that was fun I had a good time and it made that segment of my life okay'.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well if I ever get one I will let you know, but I guess a fan is one who knows my work better than I do. Because fan is based on the word fanatic. I just hope I get a bunch of people that enjoy my books and it brings some joy to them when the next one comes out.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh hard one, because I will forget someone and be sorry that I did, Heinlein, Twain, Niven, Tolkien, Lewis, Ringo, Stirling, Cussler, Clancy, and probably the one I have the most complete collection of Robert Asprin, who when I found out in the summer of 2008 that he had passed away it felt as though I lost a friend.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It is not what inspires me to get out of bed, if I don't my dogs will pee on the carpet, but what makes me walk out the door and do my part, probably the work ethic instilled in me by my parents, and that work ethic has become a habit and a habit of getting to work every day is hard to break. Not saying I don't occasionally play hooky, but I feel bad when I do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of the time I would rather be backpacking, but working as a Parole Agent in West Philadelphia, I like my job, I get to play cop sometimes and arrest people, I get to play lawyer and put on a case in hearings, I get to testify in court, I get to counsel people about things like jobs and occasionally relationships, and I get to write reports which no one ever seems to read.
I also work with the Boy Scouts of America I teach kids how to be safe with axes, knives and fire and help them see a bigger world.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends mostly, recommendations, depending on how much budget is, most of the time I find books at the library and then if I like one book by an author I will find another on-line. I should get into more e-books, but currently I just don't have the time I wish I did. But I am finding more time everyday since I got rid of my television.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, there was this one about a kid living in a middle school, after everyone went home, must have been in middle school or something.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes it is slogging it out and just putting words on the page, sometimes when I get in a good groove I wish I could type faster.

Usually I sit in my home office, dogs at my feet, maybe some Sinatra or Dean Martian or something similar on Pandora, just small table lamp on and start typing, filling in an outline I already have laid out for the story. Not that I stick closely to the outline sometimes the story goes in a different direction but usually it comes back around the the end point on the outline.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was either in 2nd or 3rd grade I was sent to Special Reading class, I don't know what my problem was or if I had an offical diagnosis, but they worked with me, and somewhere in my head a switch was flipped and I became a voracious reader. I read everything, if I could find a spare moment I had something to read in front of me, to this day I can read several books at the same time, a novel in the morning, a biography in the afternoon or an article in a magazine, I can keep them straight and go back to them the next day and pick right up where I left off.

But no I cannot think of the first thing that had an impact on me.
Published 2015-06-13.
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Books by This Author

Disconnect: 1st Renegade Tale in the Outfitters Universe
Series: Outfitters Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,720. Language: American English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Arthur did not want to fight, he did not want to be part of the Fleet, he just wanted to see the Universe, until she came into his life. He did not even mean to rescue her it just sort of happened.
Q Runner: 2nd Fleet Story in the Outfitters Universe
Series: Outfitters Universe, Fleet Story 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,980. Language: American English. Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Q Runner's are dedicated to saving Fleet personal when they are in distress. Rescuing people in space is hard enough, what with malfunctioning gravity plates, uncharted explosive substances and unfired missiles that turn into mines; but add in attacks by the Alarian Empire an overzealous militaristic co-pilot, a Quaker and and Elvis fan in your crew and the job becomes harder still.
Scouts Out
Series: Outfitters Universe, Fleet Story 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 123,170. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Earth is threatened by the Alarian Empire; the Outfitters a mysterious but seemingly omni-potent alien race, pluck humans from history who had ‘no substantial impact’ to man a fleet to save mankind. Leo a college student wakes to find himself in the year 2050, he is offered command of a recon ship, staffed with among others an frontiersman from the 1760’s,and a slave from ancient Roman.