I have the pleasure of welcoming another talents author to my blog this week, author of The Power of the Stones and the upcoming title Rae Leah’s Salvation which I have had the honour of reading the ARC of. Without further ado, please welcome author Aidan Stone
About the author
Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio)
I was born in Cincinnati Ohio and moved to Denver at the age of five. My father was involved in the production phase of the early nuclear missiles. A large moving van would appear about every five months, and move all our things to the next city. Moving so much made me shy, a condition, which later corrected itself and then intensified to make me an extrovert. I began to write short stories to myself as early as I remember and even tried my hand at longer stories. I was lucky enough to make my living as an artist for over twenty years producing sculptures in fiberglass and metal on top of my daily routine as a tattoo artist. As anything else one does for twenty years, it became boring. I retired and quickly became ever more bored, leading me to sit in front of my PC for almost two years creating my debut work, The Sisters of Reah Leah Trilogy. It became a trilogy after I realized that I had in excess of eight hundred pages written on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. When I pushed the button to change the book to 6 x 9 format, I had nearly 2000 pages of text. Enter the rewrite, and some chopping and hacking to make it a trilogy. That sounds like it happened so fast, but I am sixty at the time of this interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio)
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, and of course, reading and writing.
Which writers inspire you?
I have a passion for the works of Anne McCaffery. I love the Dragon Rider series, the Crystal Singers series, and I believe I’ve read most of her works, If not all. I like Sara Douglass, the Eddings, and one of my favorite writers of recent is CP Bialois, a talented independent author. His ability to create colorful characters is extraordinary.
For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or paper/hard back books?
Sorry to disappoint some, but I prefer e-books these days. I can adjust the font size and store the book in the cloud instead of on a shelf. Sorry to those who take offense, but I have a reason for feeling that way about paper. As my wife and I were readying to move to a new house, I took four, one square yard boxes full of books to my local library. Imagine my disappointment when, three days later I saw my treasured books, which my wife had to pry out of my hands, for sale in the bargain bin inside the library. I had collected entire sets of books from many different authors; and to see them strewn about for ten cents each made me angry. I went so far as to ask the librarian why they had not saved the series and put them on the shelves. She said she wasn’t allowed to do that. I stifled my response so as not to end up in jail. Thus, I prefer e-books.
What are you reading at present?
Hmm, by the time people read this I will have digested several more books, but currently I’m reading Broken Pieces by Martha Perez.
What is your favourite book and why?
A Spell for Chameleon, by Piers Anthony. I picked it up at a garage sale as well as the next three books in the Xnath series. I never laughed so hard while reading a book. I went on to read all twenty-seven of the Xanth novels, as well as a couple dozen other books by Anthony. At one point, I could’ve said I’ve read everything he wrote, but he is still writing from what I understand.
What is your favourite film/ series and why?
Whatever the next great sci-fi series is. I love science fiction; it gives me a great escape from this mundane earthly life.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
My daughter Amanda.
How do you relax?
Rockhounding. That might sound funny, tromping around the mountains with a backpack full of hammers and a full-size mining pick, but I love the suspense I get from digging for something precious.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Get a barrel of brine, and soak your skin in it. If you have tender feelings that are easily hurt, write for yourself and put it in a notebook. Do not try to publish it! People who cannot stand criticism should never publish. I also think the book should be read by several beta readers and an editor, even after you have edited it yourself. My biggest regret concerning my debut work was the poor grammar and punctuation.
If your friends could use one word to describe you what would it be?
Probably, grumpy. If not, self-absorbed. Perhaps, helpful if you ask for it.
What made you realise your calling as an author?
After an unfortunate incident, I spent three years trying to become more socially diverse and accept people for who they are. After I faked it until I made it, and my wife had so gently exclaimed that I had too much time on my hands, I decided to write a book detailing the good things that can happen in a socially diverse climate. I also decided to interject some rather raunchy erotica, just to keep it interesting. I will no longer be writing erotica. The genre is full of authors who can do a much better job than I can.
Where do your ideas come from, what inspires you?
Unlike some authors who seem to struggle for new ideas and inspiration, stories strike me without a moments notice. Sometimes I need to stop in the middle of something and pen down a few lines that might be my next novel. In general, I like to write about protagonists who overcome the odds stacked against them. So much so, that I need to be conscious of letting my protagonists become too much the hero. They need to suffer a little bit or they become mundane.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
That depends entirely on how much research I need to do. I can write science fiction/fantasy without the need to check the spelling of the next town or persons name. I just tilt my head, and pull one out of the hat. I wrote my first piece of fiction that occurs on Earth recently. I hope the NSA doesn’t check my browser history. I spent days searching for information about M-16 rifles, machine guns, Laws rockets, tanks, landmines, and a plethora of other dangerous things. I spent just over a year writing 314 pages.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Massive outlines. I wrote a 37 page outline for the book I just spoke of. When I want to see where a new idea will take me, I write an outline about the new tangent. I have two banker boxes filled with the original and subsequent outlines for the trilogy.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Quality. I use a dictation software so I simply speak in the voice of my character. Sometimes I get carried away, and when I look back on it, it is crap. I often write the same scene over and over before it becomes part of even a first draft.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
I’ll need to get back to you on that. I have yet to discover, easy, when writing.
Do you ever get writer’s Block and if so, how do you deal with it?
I rarely get writer’s block because I use such long outlines. In the outline stage, I write down my ideas by hand on the clipboard while watching television. If I lose the thread, I pay more attention to the show.
How many books have you written, which is your favourite?
I’ve written five novels. My newest novel, The Power of the Stones, is my favorite… So far. The book is a rewritten tale derived from the first book of my trilogy. I slashed the erotica out of the book, change it from first person to third, and dropped the length considerably.
What are you working on at the moment?
Book 2 of, Tales from Aelfyce Series, with the working title of, “Rae Leah’s Salvation” is currently in beta. Book 3, with the working title, “The Kitchen Girl” is my current work. They are both the continuations of the series rewritten from the original trilogy.
About the books
What genre are your books?
Science fiction/fantasy. I love the escapism.
What book titles have you released so far?
Reah Leah the White: From Cat to Queen… Red Sister… The Senate Complete… Moon’s Easy Money (all X rated) and… The Power of the Stones (PG-13)
Give us an insight into your main character(s). What does he/she do that is so special?
Reah Leah, a Lourack, was destined to be a sexual provider, but fate intervened. Although she was beaten and imprisoned on a desolate island, she managed to live four years without the company of another person. Wesley is by necessity taken through a wormhole from Earth to Aelfyce. He accepts Reah Leah as his alien lover (without hesitation) and undertakes a mission to make himself the most powerful wielder on Aelfyce. He learns that many of the wielders are to decadent to ever be his friends, and he has no love for the brutal Brissack. Them, he intends to annihilate.
Reah Leah and Rae Leah should not be confused; the latter name is used in the rewritten books. Reah Leah is very naughty, while Rae Leah is cuddly and loving, without the raunch.
Who is your favourite character and why?
So far, in the “Tales from Aelfyce Series,” Thora is my favorite character. She is who she is, she will tell you so, and you shouldn’t doubt it. She is a powerful wielder, from a wealthy family, yet still seeks greater power of the stones. I wrote her a little bossy and a little brash and she turned out better than I had imagined.
Tell us a little bit about the book(s)/ series.
The “Wielders,” have what they call magic. We would call them the power of telepathy, telekinesis, and transmutation. Those with the largest stones, have the greatest power. Whoever can duel with the Lord High Wielder and win, becomes the new Lord High Wielder. With the power of fire, water, air, and earth, the wielders can be productive, and or, extremely dangerous. When Wesley arrived on the planet Aelfyce, the machine that brought him through space installs the largest stones ever worn by a human. The Cipartie, a gentle and curious insectoid species made sure it would happen so that he would kill the Brissack. From there, magic and adventure abound. Wesley will eventually bring the Lourack out of servitude and allow them the power of the stones. Thus begins an adventure that will bring the Lourack and the common man to become part of a democratic society. Along the way, the characters will find love, friendship, and danger.
Where can we buy it/them?
At Amazon and all their retailers.
In what formats is your book available?
Three are available in e-book and paperback. Moon’s Easy Money and The Power of the Stones are currently only available in e-book. The Power of the Stones will be released in paperback soon.
When is your next book due for release?
In 4 to 5 weeks.
Book titles and synopsis:
The world and character building first installment of the Tales from Aelfyce Series. Learn why the Lourack and the Human species exist on Aelfyce. Learn of the Cipartie, the dreaded Brissack, and their seemingly unending war. Learn of the stones power and how they are wielded by the humans. Feel the suffering of the lourack at the hands of the wielders. Meet Thora, Ezra, and Malcolm, confederates in a plot to gain further power. In the end, there will be a new Lord High Wielder.
(An X-rated erotic title)
In the distant future of Mars, Moon is on a mission for Air Standard for which she will earn seven hundred million credits. It’s quite simple; she need only seduce four men in one day. Armed with a beauty few women possess she sets about her task. In her own words, she will tell her tale and bring you into her world of intrigue. Moon is not a woman to be trifled with!
Connect with the author:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JTFU6Z6