Interview with Aaron Dennis

Published 2016-06-12.
What do you read for pleasure?
The only books I enjoy reading, aside from my own, are the works of Carlos Castaneda. The teachings of Don Juan, after some 10 odd years of application, have taken root, and I can now see a different world before me. I believe that anyone familiar with these works will see the concepts manifested behind my own ideas, the cores of my fictional novels. To me, inner silence, dreaming, and the manipulation of the assemblage point are as common of concepts as gravity and inertia are to everyone else, and so those concepts work their way into my stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Well...I prefer to use my laptop hooked to my TV by way of an HDMI cable, but more often than not, I read on my phone.
Describe your desk
It has two legs. They're a bit hairy, but they're covered by cloth, so it's no big deal. The sloped top is cushioned to provide some stability and comfort. Beside the desk is a drink, a remote, and probably an X-Box controller. In case you guys haven't guessed, my desk is my lap with a pillow over top. I write on my laptop while I sit in a recliner.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There has always been an overabundance of stories in my brain, voices screaming to come out, scenes requiring some form of release, concepts and ideas begging for a cogent and coherent agglomeration. Writing has allowed me to paint the inner workings of my mind grapes and display them so that others might enjoy my mental ruminations. Writing not only allows me to document my mental adventures, it provides me the challenge of creating new ones.
What do your fans mean to you?
My heartfelt appreciations go out to my fans. Without them, the best part of me would be only words on a page. I write because I have to. I appreciate writing because my fans appreciate my stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A bright light. A sharp sound. The pain in my flank. A pretty face. A furry friend. The adventure of a new dawn. The prospect of noodling with a new concept.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well...let's see. There's breathing. Eating. I bathe usually. I like video games, mostly the classic ones; there's not a ton of newer games I enjoy. Dark Souls 2 and 3 were huge let downs. I try to stay in shape, but man are cookies good!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I rarely read. there isn't much time what with my writing, and then I have to edit. Then, I have to market and promote my work. On the off chance that I do read, it probably isn't an e-book, but if it is, it's either the new release of a friend, or something that's being given away for free, and I happened to come across it on Twitter. That usually doesn't end up well, though...lot's of people don't seem to understand the importance of editing, or the difference between writing and telling a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
What are you working on next?
It's a secret to everybody.
Who are your favorite authors?
Aaron Dennis... sorry, but have you read my stories? They're grrrreat! On the serious, though, I love reading my own work.
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