Born Jed Aureus, AU (whose nickname did not originate directly from the chemical symbol for 'gold,' rather was derived from the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, or more commonly known as 'staph infection') grew up in a family of doctors. Destined to become a physician himself, he fought the current tooth and nail for all of his life, ending up in professions far from the field of Medicine. With a degree in Computer Science, he fancies himself as a 'Solver,' whose interest is piqued by any sort of problem, and a 'Storyteller,' well-versed in languages that humans and computers alike understand.
Which authors would you say have influenced your writing?
Hemingway, of course. I'm more inclined to read classical literature because of their command of the language -- not afraid to bend it to their will, not bound by convention. There's Edgar Allan Poe, whose visceral way of writing really captures the reader's imagination. Frank Herbert and his Dune series is my main Science-Fiction influence. Douglas Adams, whose wit and dry humor is, in my opinion, unparalleled. Then there's Stephen King, whose work ethic is something to emulate.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading random facts or just simply learning about interesting facts. I love History, and as my grades during high school would attest to, History loves me back. I love Science, who doesn't love Science? I generally just love learning. Oh, and a special mention to Mathematics -- which I have loved for years but have not reciprocated my affections. I also enjoy reading comic books, I consume those stuff like it was air. Television shows, movies and traveling whenever I can.
Eight stories. Three Days. One catastrophic event that will change their lives forever. This chilling exploration of the human condition in the face of imminent demise begs to ask what it means to be truly alive.
Death doesn't afford you to choose where your paths meet. Where will you be when acid falls from the sky?