This week’s interview subject is Aaron Hollingsworth. He’s not only a good writer, but he’s a guy who writes role-playing game content, something I’d like to do one of these days. Plus, he’s a Kevin Smith fan.
Interview: Aaron Hollingsworth
What is your quest?
My primary goal is completing the Four Winds-One Storm saga, a series of science fantasy novels. I have 5 planned.
In a broader sense, my quest is to write fiction that will inspire readers in unexpected ways. I strive to amuse while planting seeds, hoping for a fruitful yield without knowing exactly what will come from the planting. I have no particular agenda when composing stories. I just want to stimulate minds. My influences are: Garth Ennis, Kozou Koike, Kevin Smith, Jim Butcher, Shakespeare, Quentin Tarentino, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith, to name a few.
What is your favorite color?
I grew up thinking blood red was the coolest color, but mustard yellow or brown suits me best. When it comes to employing creativity, I find it best to see how the ideas I want to use relate to one another. Assembling ideas is a puzzle process based on free-associative thought. The number 7 may be lucky, but 3 is more helpful. Writing a story is sort of like a math problem. First Act + Second Act = Third Act, or Setting/Characters + Problem = Outcome.
What is the average flying speed of an unladen paint brush?
An unladen paint brush would have no paint. It would not get used. Therefore, the answer is 0 mph (or 0 kph if you use the metric system.) My biggest challenge has always been my own comprehension. I’m a bit of a ditz in that I can only learn things I am passionate about. So, when it comes to learning technical things I tend to struggle. I’m more clever than smart.
What are the powers of your personal Holy Hand Grenade?
Thanks to some of the influences listed above, I feel I have a good grasp on writing dialogue. Thanks to some martial arts training, I can narrate combat scenarios. I can’t fight that well in real life, but I can write a fight okay. My proudest successes are getting most of my books turned into audiobooks and working with amazing narrator/producers from both coasts, as well as Australia.
- Favorite Muppet? Hard to say, but The Muppet Christmas Carol breaks heart every time without fail.
- Crunchy or Creamy? Creamy is dreamy.
- Favorite Sports Team? I’m not a sports enthusiast, sorry.
- Cake or Pie? Gooseberry pie, please. Rob’s Note: Good answer!!!
- Lime or Lemon? Lemon juice on papercuts.
- Favorite Chip Dip? Anything without Cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.
- Wet or Dry? Smooth.
- Favorite Musical Performer We’ve Never Heard Of? Modern listeners need to research the amazing work of Crash Test Dummies.
- Whisky or Whiskey? WhisKEY has a better ring to it.
- Favorite Superhero? Evil Ernie
- Steak Temperature? I prefer hamburgers. Well done.
- Favorite 1970s TV show? Saturday Night Live
- Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall? Forever Autumn (it is the name of a good song)
- Favorite Pet? We moved around a lot as a kid. I never really bonded with a animal, unfortunately. I prefer cats over dogs.
- Best Game Ever? Video Game: Balder’s Gate: Dark Alliance. Table Top: Pathfinder
- Coffee or Tea? Espresso. Lots of it.
- Sci-Fi or Fantasy? My favorite fantasy series is the Codex: Alera by Jim Butcher, but my favorite fantasy writer is Clark Ashton Smith. His Averoigne and Zothique cycles are wondrous!
What question(s) would you like to ask me?
How would you describe your desk/work station? Use only adverbs.
Rob’s Answer: Surely, literally, totally well enough
Tell me again where we can find your stuff?
- aaronhollingsworth.com will take you to all the places.
And where can we find you?
- I will be working tables at Planet ComiCon and ConQuest 50, both in Kansas City. Rob’s Note: I’ll be at ComiCon too.
Do you have a creator biography?
Aaron Hollingsworth is an anomalous mass of molecules conspiring to describe the impossible in the best way possible. His weird fiction works include The Bone Brick City, The Geohex of Wraith County, The Broken Bards of Paris, and The Apothecary of Mantua. He also develops RPG content compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. He lives in Kansas City.
Final question for you: What should I have asked but did not?
You should have asked what advice I would give aspiring writers?
If your story is important to you, get it done as best you can, get it published as best you can, and promote it as best you can. No matter what results from these three endeavors, be satisfied that you did your best.
Thanks to Aaron for taking the time to answer my questions.
If you have any suggestions or comments about this interview format, let me know so I can keep tweaking it.
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Have a great day.
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