Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Aaron Volner. My secret identity is as a humble YA librarian in southwest Wyoming, but by morning/night, I'm a crafter of worlds and the tales that take place in them. I've written about 5-6 books to various stages of completion but "Chronicles of the Roc Rider" is the first that I've chosen to publish.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"Chronicles of the Roc Rider" came about when I realized there weren't as many rocs in fantasy as I'd like there to be. I've always had a bit of a fascination with birds of prey, and that translated to a love of their mythological cousin that I wanted to see appear more in the genre.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My body wants to move when I get a lot of creative energy flowing, so sometimes I feel this great need to get up and pace or wander as the images flow through my mind. To help limit the damage this can do to my productivity I use a weighted lap pad to help weigh down my legs and keep me focused.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Too many to list here, really. I love the greats of the genre. Rober Jordan, Terry Brooks, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher. I also get inspired by authors like Lindsay Schopfer, whose unique blend of fantasy and steampunk really encourages you to think outside the box with new ideas. As a kid, I remember learning a lot about world-building from books like the "Animorphs" and "Watership Down".
What are you working on now?
Aside from this interview, the sequel to "Chronicles of the Roc Rider", which I intend to release later this year. I'm trying some new techniques that I haven't used on full book-length work before that I hope will allow me to write the book faster with no loss of quality.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm new enough to the publishing game I haven't developed a person favorite strategy yet, but I've been recently having some luck building my list with instafreebie.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get lots of words on the page early on, and don't worry about whether they're good yet. I didn't focus nearly enough on productivity early on in my development as a writer. If I had focused on it more, I would probably be a lot farther along in my writing career now than I am.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To treat every lesson and piece of advice you receive on the craft of writing as a tool in your writer's toolbox. You won't use every tool for every job, but you want to have a wide variety of them so that you can deal with an array of situations.
What are you reading now?
At last count, "A Court of Mist and Fury", "The Lightning Luminary", "The Titan's Curse", "Code of Honor", and at least one more.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm going to be working on wrapping up roc rider and then move on to a new project. Probably something a bit longer. Maybe the stand alone I was working on a few years ago.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Gosh, that's a tough one. If I absolutely had to say I think I'd go with "The Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan, although "A Taste For Rabbit" by Linda Zuckerman is right up there too.