Born and raised in Arizona, Aaron is proud to call the desert home. Although he lived just outside of Sacramento, California for several years as a teenager and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Jamaica for two years, he has always returned home to the valley of the sun.
He married the girl of his dreams in 2001 and together they are raising four beautiful children. He draws heavily on his own life experiences and his faith in his writing and has published a children's picture book for his kids as well as a satirical work for humanity. His latest work is a short story about a youth group on an ill-conceived backpacking trip.
As for what's to come? He has completed a historical fiction action adventure novel that needs some tweaking and trimming that will be published one way or another in 2015.
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I ever remember writing was in the third grade. Our teacher had us do writing assignments and then bound them in books that we illustrated. I think one of the stories was about me and my two best friends and a werewolf and a haunted house. I should see if I can dig it up and make it an ebook as I'm sure it was a literary triumph. As an adult I've played around with writing since 2000 but began in earnest to hone my craft (that sounded obnoxious) in 2010 writing regularly on my blog.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection, massive rejection. That's the comical answer (and the truth) but it was my little brother actually. I was talking with him one night about an idea I had for a children's book that I submitted to a literary agent that had been rejected. He suggested that I connect with an artist and try again. Instead I illustrated it myself and sent it out to fifty or sixty some odd literary agents. I basked in the glow of their, often polite, rejections over the course of the next several months before deciding to publish what I had created to share it with my children and as a tribute to my brother's belief in me. It was so easy I thought 'why don't I do that again?', so I did.
This is the true story of a Venturing Crew's harrowing journey through Hellsgate Wilderness and down Tonto Gorge. Follow a well-meaning youth leader as he and his boys set off on a backpacking trip that quickly pushes them to their limits and ultimately forges a bond for life.
It started out as a desperate cry for attention and grew into an online cathartic therapy session on the World Wide Web. IT’S CALLED HELPING…YOU’RE WELCOME is a compilation of posts from a blog (don’t stop reading) I kept for a couple of years with a sprinkling of notes and articles that I wrote on various topics related to the human experience.