Hello! Ladies and gentlemen, today I’m bringing you an interview with author of books such as Pathfinders, Sigil and Spectrum, Mr. Aidan Reid. Mr. Reid was very kind to give me an opportunity to interview him and I thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this interview with me.
Thus, without any further ado here is my interview with the wonderful Mr. Aidan Reid.
1.) Can you please tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m a self-published thriller author and freelance blogger who decided to quit the corporate rat-race in 2014. I have released two novels and a short story and have featured in a number of local and national newspapers back in my home country of Northern Ireland.
2.) What initiated you into writing?
I had a story to tell. I’ve been writing in some capacity for as long as I can remember. As a child, I wrote short stories for my class mates. When I entered adulthood, University studies and then an unfulfilling career took hold and my passion was soon buried underneath a need to make money and tick all the boxes which other people define as ‘success’. Between jobs, writing knocked on the door again. I was twenty-three, and had just discovered a book about Lucid Dreaming. It seeded the idea for a novel, which became Pathfinders and took almost a decade to write.
3.) When not writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Read widely. I agree with Stephen King when he said the best way to become a better author is to, read a lot and write a lot. I also enjoy watching documentaries about anything and everything. I enjoy working out – lifting weights. This year I’m obsessed with making juices after watching the documentary ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’. I’m quite healthy and fit but I strive to always improve.
4.) Other than the genres you’ve already explored in your books, what other genres would you like to experiment with in the future?
I’ve considered the idea of using an alias to write a young-adult, romance or erotica. There are so many readers out there for those titles and I would like to test myself and get outside my comfort zone. I’m not a lover of those genres but feel that I could do a better job than some of what I’ve read.
5.) From where do you draw inspiration for the characters in your books?
Everyday life. Movies I’ve seen. Books I’ve read. Elements of my own personality. I try and mesh personalities and create some ambiguity in the characters I create making them 3-D, someone that people can relate too – flaws and all.
6.) What do you think is more important, plot or character?
Plot. You need to be able to tell a good story. A bad plot can’t be saved with well written characters. A book should transport you to another place – a form of escapism. If the plot doesn’t hook, the characters will only be window dressing.
7.) Who are your favorite writers and what are your favorite books?
Richard Matheson. I loved ‘I am legend’ and ‘What dreams may come’. I also enjoyed some of Paulo Coelho’s earlier stuff, particularly ‘The Alchemist’. My favorite three novels of all time are ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘War and Peace’ and ‘Don Quixote’.
8.) Without giving away too much, can you please tell us a little bit about your future projects?
I will be releasing my third book, ‘Raising Lazarus’ at the end of this year. The first draft is finished and I will be hiring an editor and illustrator to work with me on that in a couple of months time. Between now and then, I will release a science fiction short story called ‘Crystal Clear’ – It’s almost finished and will be released in September. I’ll also ramp up my blogging. I’ve been quite slack on that front lately, and will continue to build my audience.
9.) For the readers who would like to connect with you on Social Networks, can you tell them where and how to find you?
Facebook – www.facebook.com/aidanjreidauthor
Twitter – @aidanjreid
Website – www.aidanjreid.com
In conclusion, I would once again like to thank Mr. Reid for giving me this opportunity to interview him and I wish him good luck from me and my readers in his future endeavors. And to everyone who has read this interview, make sure you check out Mr. Reid’s beautifully written books.
Thank you for reading, and have a nice day!