About Aaron Hodges:
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…
What inspires you to write?
More often than not my travels! Not just the landscapes and ruins and cultures I get to experience while travelling the world, but also the people I meet along the way. You encounter so many interesting people and experiences on the road, I really think that has added alot to my stories.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
David Gemmell for his amazing characters and Ian Irvine for his amazing world building!
Tell us about your writing process.
Well I generally start by pantsing my way through a pretty detailed outline. This is my way of allowing my mind to roam and come up with interesting plot twists and character arcs, without getting bogged down in the details that can be added later. From there, I add the flesh to my story with a first draft that's usually still pretty rough, then begin to polish hit up with a couple more drafts and a passover by my editor.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Hmm, I think more than anything my characters talk through me. By the end of a book, they've taken on a life of their own in my mind, and I just need to write down how they would react to one another and events in the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Finish your first draft before you do anything else. That way you know your story has an end before going back and fixing everything else about the book!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Almost by accident actually. I initially was only planning to self publish a paperback of my first book through createspace to get it out there. Then when it came up with the option to publish as an ebook on kindle, well, I figured why not. And it turned out, alot of people read on kindles. Who knew?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'd hope that some of the current self publishing avenues such as kobo and apple will join forces to take on amazon and create some competition in the market.
What genres do you write?: Epic fantasy, sword and sorcery
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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