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Bio: Aaron Frale co-wrote a no-budget comedy flick called Hamlet the Vampire Slayer. His first novel is Playlist of the Ancient Dead. The University of New Mexico gave him a MFA in Dramatic Writing. He also screams and plays guitar for the prog/metal band Spiral. He lives with his wife Felicia, two cats, and a small dog who thinks he’s a large dog in Columbia Heights, MN.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to write?
Aaron: Patience. It takes time to write a good story and takes time to build an audience.
How do you approach your stories; do you plan everything out before starting, or are you more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of a person?
Aaron: I rarely plan. I just write and see what happens.
Of all your characters, do you have a favorite?
Aaron: I have a soft some for wierdos with irreverent humor.
How long did it take you to write your most recent book(s)?
Aaron: It takes about six months to a year depending on my life outside of writing.
What motivated you to write your novel?
Aaron: I used to write screenplays and I realized that a lot of things had to fall into place to get a movie I wrote on the screen. Whereas books, I could do it myself.
Name three favorite authors and why they impress you.
Aaron: Douglas Adams – For pioneering comedy science fiction
Joss Whedon – For pioneering horror comedy
Neil Gaimen – For being an awesome human being
Would you rather set your story in a place and time you are familiar with, or would you rather research a totally different setting?
Aaron: I like making up my own settings.
Do you have any little writing rituals or quirks? E.g. an object you have to have on your desk, a particular drink or snack.
Aaron: Not really. I wish I had more time to do it.
How do you own experiences influence what you write?
Aaron: Some of the humorous stories in the character’s backgrounds have really happened. My first book had a talking dog character that was an ongoing anthropomorphizing joke my and I have about our dog.
If you were a ninja with a vendetta to whom would it be? OR If you had to throw something into mount Doom to save the world, what would it be? OR If you had a group of celebrities to plan the perfect heist who would they be and what would you be after? (If you couldn’t already tell, these were the questions I added to the pot 🙂 )
Aaron: As a ninja, I would strike at the heart of climate change deniers. I would through income inequality into Mount Doom and now that the world is fixed, I would round up the cast of Star Trek Voyager to raid the prop room of Star Trek Discovery.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Aaron: I work on something different. It helps to have several going at once.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Aaron: First draft. It’s always the most fun.
If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book, what would it be? (Ominbuses, complete works, and how to books are forbidden!) (Laura)
Aaron: Hitchhiker’s Guide (because you’ll need the towel).
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