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Today I’m on the ‘Warbringer’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
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 Bachelor’s 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 and explore the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School (titled The Sword of Light) and began to rewrite the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn’t looked back since.
Centuries ago, the world fell.
From the ashes rose a terrible new species—the Tangata.
Now they wage war against the kingdoms of man.
And humanity is losing.
Recruited straight from his academy, twenty-year-old Lukys hopes the frontier will make a soldier out of him. But Tangata are massing in the south, and the allied armies are desperate. They will do anything to halt the enemy advance—including sending untrained men and women into battle. Determined to survive, Lukys seeks aid from the only man who seems to care: Romaine, the last warrior of an extinct kingdom.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Archivist leads an expedition deep beneath the earth. She seeks to uncover the secrets of the Gods. Their magic has been lost to the ages, yet artifacts remain, objects of power that could turn the tide of the war. But salvation is not all that waits beneath the surface. Something else slumbers in the darkness. Something old. Something evil.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Well my name is Aaron Hodges and I’m an author from New Zealand. Ever since I was a kid I always loved writing stories—and generally long ones. But it was only when I finished school that I finally got around to writing a complete novel—titled The Sword of Light. Unfortunately I was young and inexperienced and it kinda sucked. Fortunately, I kept at it, rewriting it completely during my university years, and then finally rewriting it a final time while I was taking a gap year in Canada and travelling through the USA and Mexico back in 2015. When I finally published it as Stormwielder, it actually took off, and I realised I could make a living from my writing.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Two of my favourite authors as a child were Tamora Pierce and David Eddings. I loved Pierce for the interesting characters she created. They each had certain problems and struggles in their lives that I really connected with as a kid. Then there was David Eddings and his epic adventures, which took me away from the problems of the world, if only for a little while.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to meet Ian Irvine, an author from Australia. As a Marine scientist he has a similar background to myself (environmental science) and he creates such vivid worlds with detailed history and politics. I would to learn more about his process.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would probably invite Druss the Legend from the novels of David Gemmell—although it’d probably be for a glass of ventrian red if I remember correctly. Maybe I could tempt him with some Argentine Malbec. While lives by a simple warrior’s code, Druss is such a fascinating hero with a deeper understanding of philosophy than his companions give him credit for.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I always have to go to a café to write, where I need a hot drink and my headphones to actually be able to work. And yeah that’s been a bit of a struggle during Covid19, but I’ve managed to keep a reasonable level of productivity up. I’m lucky that I have still been able to work at least.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ahhhh can I plead the fifth haha? Nah I think I take inspiration from my environment rather than the people around me. While relationships can sometimes bleed into the pages of my books, I think the characters themselves tend to take on lives of their own.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a pantser that constrains my story lines within plotting haha. I write a detailed structure but then often veer off course midway as I write my way into my characters heads and realise they’d never go in certain direction.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Keep writing, but give yourself a deadline on which you’re actually going to publish. You can rewrite a book a million times and never be satisfied with it, but your reader might be. I’ve actually remastered my first book, Stormwielder, since its initial release, but readers were still happy with the first version they got.
What are your futureplans as an author?
Keep writing, keep expanding my universes, and most of all keep enjoying what I’m doing!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
The Descendants of the Gods series is an idea that’s been brewing in my head for a while. And let’s just say its plot isn’t entirely disconnected from all my other works 😉.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Aaron Hodges.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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