Hello, my Lovelies! Hope you are all staying safe and warm. It’s time to check out another exceptional author. Mr. Aaron Hodges, a multi-published author. Lets check it out!
A Bit About Aaron: 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 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 rewrote the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn’t looked back since.
1. Tells us a bit about your books.
Well my latest series, title Descendants of the Fall, is centered in a medieval fantasy world in which humanity is under siege by the inhuman Tangata. The two species have been at war for over a decade, and with their supernatural powers, the Tangata are winning. One kingdom has already fallen and Flumeer is fighting desperately to hold its frontier against the enemy assault. The first book focuses on that battle and the characters working against the Tangata.
2. What has been the best part of creating your books world?
I’d say probably creating the different cultures and societies in each kingdom (and species!). I always find it fascinating trying to imagine how different environments will affect the development of a society and its culture.
a. The worst?
I’ll say it was all pretty fun, but probably the most tough part is creating the map to go with the world! Fortunately I have my brother’s help when I’m making maps, but boy it can be difficult sometimes to put together all the pieces of a world map!
3. What advice would you give a new fantasy writer like myself?
I would say if you really want to be a fantasy author, there’s one thing you need to prove to yourself first. That you can finish your first book! What I generally advise new authors is not to worry too much about editing, promotion, publishing etc and focus your early attention on getting that first draft finished. Once you’ve written the end for the first time, you’ll find it so much easier to think about all that other stuff!
4. What piece of literature has had the most influence on you? Why?
Hmm, nothing classical I’m afraid. I’d say the Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman would probably be one of the most influential for me, since it was really my first experience with fantasy worlds and really set in motion my love of fantasy.
5. Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love the outdoors, so in the summer you’ll often find me scuba diving, hiking, or even rock climbing occasionally. And in the winter if I can’t escape the cold I like to be up on the mountains skiing!
6. How do you balance between writing and spending time with your family?
I try to treat my writing like I would a job—I have time I will go to a café and concentrate on writing, and I have time to chill and relax with friends and family. I have to admit since the pandemic that division has broken down a little, but I’m trying to get it back again now!
7. Tell us about the projects you have in the works?
Well I’m currently working on the final book of the Descendants of the Fall, so its really focusing on how the war between the species has reached a crescendo and must now reach an end, whatever the cost…
8. Can you tell us about your writing process?
As I said earlier, I like to go to a coffee shop to work. There I can write without distraction. I’ll focus on writing the first draft as quickly as possible, since I tend to revise things so much as I go, that means I don’t waste too much time on pages/chapters I might not include in the end. I then go over the book again and really add substance to characters/plot in the second draft, which then goes to my editor for a read over. When I get it back, I have one more go over myself, in which I really polish up my sentence/paragraph structure, before I send it to my proof and ARC readers!
9. If you couldn’t write books, what would you want to do?
I guess I’d have to go back to being an environmental scientist! I did enjoy that profession, but only when it involved getting outside for field work. Office work, not so much!
10. Is there anything else you would like us to know that I haven’t asked about?
Just that I love to travel and hope that one day the world will open again!
This interview was really interesting, thanks Aaron! I hope you all are enjoying these posts. I know I am having a blast learning about these fantastic authors. If you would like to learn more about Aaron Hodges below is his social media