Interview with A. A. Smith

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It all came down to time. I didn't want to spend a lot of time shopping my work around to different publishers when I could just put it out there. I may struggle with marketing and editing, but I just try to learn from my mistakes and move on.
Who are your favorite authors?
Brad Thor and Stephen Coonts come to mind right away since I'm partial to fast paced action thrillers. But I also enjoy Charles Dickens and Stephen King.
What is your writing process?
Well, once a story is in my head, some parts are clearer to me than others so I tend to write stories out of order. As I focus on the parts that are clear to me, the rest of the story just seems to reveal itself.
Describe your desk
"A cluttered desk is a sign of genius."
I read that somewhere. I hope it's true.
You'll be releasing Constellation 3 this spring. What can we look forward to?
Well, the third book, entitled 'The Sea of Iden', is probably the most important of the series. Events and objects that were introduced in books one and two are explored a little more and that's when the arc of the series really starts to come together.
Some characters really get put though the ringer and it's a turning point for them. There's plenty of action and I think my readers will enjoy the ride.
Does it end on a cliffhanger?
I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers (though sometimes they work). I'd say it leaves some loose ends.
How many more books are you planning for the Constellation series?
One or two. I'm not sure yet. I'll just say that it will end with a period and not a question mark.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm concentrating on the next instalment of the Constellation series. I'm also mapping out a few other stories. A paranormal western, a superhero story and a series about cyborgs.
I want to get multiple projects going so that when I get writer's block on one story, I can switch to one of the others.
Published 2016-03-10.
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Books by This Author

The Sea of Iden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,620. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
When an old informant makes contact with the Sentinels, Conrad R. Slade is brought back from obscurity and must risk his life just to meet with her. Meanwhile, Avery Clark and Alondra Suarez are among many whose lives are turned upside down by one question: Is Nullis Groon a delusional demagogue or a Messiah?
Sabotage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,630. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Five years after the Kinjal incident, the United Earth Alliance and the Jarufani Commonwealth are still recovering from their heavy losses. In the aftermath, Laskvo terrorist groups have emerged from the fringes and are gaining momentum. Veteran operative Conrad R. Slade and his protégé, Alondra Suarez will uncover a plot that could render the UEA powerless if it succeeds.
Constellation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,960. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In this action packed, military spy thriller, the United Earth Alliance and the Jarufani Commonwealth are at a very fragile truce. The UEA believes that the Jarufani are developing an outlawed super weapon that could threaten all life on Earth. Caught in the middle are Alondra Suarez and Lieutenant Avery Clark. Neither is ready for the danger they're about to face.