Monday, May 13, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - The Long Way by Aaron Redfern

Young Adult
Published by BookRix: 5/19/2012

In a move that defies all logic and likelihood, a young boy named Spiff is called upon to carry
out the most important quest that has ever been undertaken. His mission drags him headlong
across the face of the world, through a veritable pantheon of hardships and threats that are at once
chilling and baffling. Along the way he meets dragons and madmen, and learns that the lovable
and the monstrous are two sides of the same coin.

Conceived as a darkly whimsical loose retelling of the Tolkien saga, The Long Way poses the

question that high fantasy rarely cares to ask: Why?

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Yes, but I'm not especially career oriented.  It would be great to write full time, but I'm not there yet, so for now it's more of a hobby that I take very seriously. 

#2 – What Was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Before The Long Way, the hardest part of writing was keeping my momentum and not giving up before the story was finished, as I'm sure is the case for many aspiring writers.  I wrote the first draft of The Long Way for National Novel Writing Month, which requires you to write an entire novel in a month.  The short deadline was really helpful for me--I managed to stick with it and get the novel finished in time, and since then, I've never found writing very intimidating and haven't really suffered from writer's block.  Having to write quickly taught me how to work through the hard bits.  It's probably the best thing I've ever done for myself as a writer.

#3 – Did You Have Any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
I had one English teacher in high school who was very supportive of my writing and who frequently had us write short stories for  homework assignments.  More recently, my partner Johanna has been really helpful in terms of reading my work and offering good feedback. 
#4 – What Is Next for Your Writing?
I'm trying to write a little bit of everything.  My last three major stories have been horror, detective noir (sort of), and sci-fi romance.  I'm currently working on a short story about a supernatural dive bar in small-town Connecticut.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I have a very large, full bookshelf that makes my room feel like home and a to-read list with over a hundred books on it.  I'm currently spending a couple of days catching up with an old high school friend, Night Mare by Piers Anthony, but my next serious read is Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, whom I've just recently discovered and who is an incredibly talented writer.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
A story of a boy and his super intelligent blue flying mouse.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Yes

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Who?

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality. But if you're going to write fiction, you might as well go all out.

#7 – Call or Text? Call

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public school

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Mango smoothie

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Paperback.  Preferably Hardcover.

Aaron Redfern has been reading and writing fantasy since a time when he could count his age on his fingers. He went to Williams College and studied English, a language in which he was already proficient, and although he learned almost nothing from the English professors, dead poets and novelists taught him a great deal. While at college, he fell thoroughly in love with New England. He has decided never to leave and currently resides near Northampton, Massachusetts.

Aaron has written three novels, including The Long Way and its sequel, The Forgotten Way. His short-fiction titles include Stories About the Rain and Crawl.

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