Interview with A.J. Aaron

Tell us about yourself and how you started writing.
I was schooled as a mechanical engineer and worked in manufacturing as a plant manager and various other positions. I have since started consulting in manufacturing part time and now write full time. The first book I wrote was called “A New Reality – A Wake up Call to Life’s Mysteries” which journaled a series of strange events that happened in my life. A producer director I knew told me I should write a script based on that book and helped me with it. In the process of writing the script for that book I found I really enjoyed the freedom of writing fiction since the script was only “based” on a true story versus being totally true like the book was. That was when I started the Reluctant Gods series while I traveled for my job.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Reluctant Gods is the name of the series that followed after “A New Reality.” With the new knowledge I had from researching the first book, I thought I should write a fiction asking the question, “What if?” What if people could read minds and affect physical reality. Heck! They’d be like Gods! It was with the paranormal and scientific knowledge that I learned in writing the first book that the series, “Reluctant Gods”was written.
How did you go about creating the characters of Sevilen Decarain, his one hundred six-year old grandmother, Ninee Aysel and his girl friend, Leyna DiAmore? As a follow up, who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I have to laugh when I think of all of them. They've become my friends and I almost expect to meet them all one day. Every one of them is some sort of a conglomerate of people I've known but they each took on their own personalities as the story progressed and they did things that I didn't expect. I know that sounds strange but the characters become their own creation.

As far as a favorite? As much as Sevilen didn't like Leyna at the beginning, I got the most fun from her. Tegwin arrives on the scene along with Tristan (Satan), his wife Lillith, and the demon Seth in the second book, "Reluctant Gods II- The Demon Seth." Tegwin became a very interesting character as well. Another highly intelligent, beautiful and powerful woman.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Hmmm. I like writing the most when I can be outdoors. I watched a series of lectures on colors and there have been studies that prove the color green is very stimulating to creativity. Outdoors, with green all around me, is when the words seem to flow the best. Actually, sometimes twice as well as during the winter when I’m indoors
What are you working on next?
I’ve started a novel about an empath and a sociopath in manufacturing. They of course have special abilities most people aren’t capable of having, or most people have paradigms that wouldn’t allow them to have the abilities. I’m not sure if it will become a series yet. I have also had requests to do more backstory on Reluctant Gods’ character Aysel and even Leyna and Sevilen in the 1400s. So we’ll see where the readers and my mind take me. Right now though, the Empath/Sociopath book set in an upper society, money making, manufacturing environment is the main focus.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a part time consultant in Lean manufacturing and general manufacturing management. The fun stuff though is writing and reading along with skiing when I can. Bike riding and working around the house also take some time occasionally.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You can do anything you want. Focus and do it.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Has to be the one that started me on fiction. Anne Rice’s “Tales of the Body Thief” from her vampire series. I read it several times along with the entire series. After that, Evan Harris Walker’s, The Physics of Consciousness” by Evan Harris Walker for how it changed my paradigms of how the world is. I also loved Carlos Castaneda, Richard Bach, Debra Harkness's book, "A Discovery of Witches", Dan Brown's, "Davinci Code", Brian Greene's, "The Elegant Universe" and Stephen Kings 1963.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
1) Don’t quit. Writing is a job. You have to treat it as one. Get your words done everyday. Market some but don’t let it rule your time completely.

2) Read lots.

3) Continue to experience life or you’ll have nothing left to write about and your descriptions will be bland. You can’t just hole yourself up and work. Smell, feel, taste, see, hear etc. Notice peoples quirks and motions for your characters. Be a part of life.

4) Let the characters write for you. Set them free.

5) Lastly, edit, edit, edit and edit some more. Edit for flow, edit for theme, edit for grammar, edit for efficiency of words etc. Focus on something different on each edit or you’ll not have the gem your readers deserve.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To continue to read other fiction books as well as books on writing and style and continue to hone my abilities in writing. Ultimately I want what I used to ask from my manufacturing plant when I took a customer in it. That is, I wanted my customers to say, “Holy Shit! That’s incredible!” when they saw the plant because they were so impressed with the processes and the people. We gave tours to about 40 groups of people a month and they all said that to me. I want the same for my readers. Isn’t that what anyone providing a product wants their customers to say?
As this interview draws to a close what one question would you have liked me to ask you?
Thanks for asking that. "Who would enjoy my books?" would be the question. Anyone with an open mind looking for something outside of the normal everyday world. If you only want vanilla, that is, if you are locked into a rigid perception of the world, you need to read someone else.
Published 2013-09-23.
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Books by This Author

Reluctant Gods - Books One Through Four
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 269,800. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Are you interested in time travel, mysticism, alternate realities, archangels, demons, wizards, immortal gods and goddesses, telekinesis, ESP, psychic powers, magic, or use of the Akashic records? Are you hungry for a different fantasy? Something based on scientific theories, and ancient beliefs, yet humorous, sometimes romantic, and only for readers with open minds? Then this series is it.
Reluctant Gods III - Reset
Series: Reluctant Gods, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,510. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The year is 2050, 38 years after the debacle created by the Demon Seth, the Earth is on a crash course in more than one reality. Parallel universes, alternate realities, time travel, jealousy, and experiencing more than one life simultaneously must be dealt with. Experience what gods, goddesses, angels, a demon, Satan, and his wife, Lillith do to try to save it all.
Reluctant Gods II - The Demon Seth
Series: Reluctant Gods, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,150. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Book two of the Reluctant Gods series. Four immortal gods, capable of creating and destroying universes, are forced to be confined to their mansion by a 1000 year old, insolent boy demon named Seth. Join them as they deal with their forced imprisonment, with the unlikely influence of the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” while archangels, witches and other gods work with them to resolve the dilemma.
A New Reality - A wake up call to life's mysteries.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,940. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Supernatural
Meet A.J. Aaron, the plant manager of a Fortune 500 manufacturing plant. He is a 40 year old businessman educated in one of the most logically-driven professions - Mechanical Engineering, but has an opening to many unexplained energies and experiences that challenge his every belief. With the help of several strangers, A.J. changes his life and his outlook on everything he believes true.
Reluctant Gods
Series: Reluctant Gods, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 63,820. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Past lives and past mistakes echo themselves for over five hundred years until an ancient agreement with the Archangels manifests itself to remind Leyna and Sevilen of their destiny. This is Leyna and Sevilen’s last chance to reunite and achieve the divine levels meant for them. Engulf yourself in this tale of romance, denial, disbelief, and shattering of paradigms with outrageous characters.