Please join me in welcoming New York Times best-selling author Aaron Hodges to Tessa Talks Books, where he is going to tell us how he became an author. But before you read that, I would like to share a little about him and his new book, Warbringer, which compares to the Shannara Chronicles, one of my favorite fantasy series.
Book Description – Warbringer
Centuries ago, the world fell.
From the ashes rose a terrible new species—the Tangata.
Now they wage war against the kingdoms of man.
And humanity is losing.
Recruited straight from his academy, twenty-year-old Lukys hopes the frontier will make a soldier out of him. But Tangata are massing in the south, and the allied armies are desperate. They will do anything to halt the enemy advance—including sending untrained men and women into battle. Determined to survive, Lukys seeks aid from the only man who seems to care: Romaine, the last warrior of an extinct kingdom.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Archivist leads an expedition deep beneath the earth. She seeks to uncover the secrets of the Gods. Their magic has been lost to the ages, yet artifacts remain, objects of power that could turn the tide of the war. But salvation is not all that waits beneath the surface. Something else slumbers in the darkness. Something old. Something evil.
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and explore the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School (titled The Sword of Light) and began to rewrite the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn’t looked back since.
How I Became an Author
By Aaron Hodges
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved to write. Creative writing was almost my favourite subject at school, and I often did my best to tie my weekly writing projects together to create larger, semester long stories for my teachers to enjoy. But I have to admit, I never really thought I would become a writer myself. In fact, I actually studied biology and environmental science at university, and even spent a few years working in that field!
Unfortunately, turns out the life of an environmental scientist is spent more in the office than in the field, and I ended up quitting after a few years and heading off to travel the world (as us kiwis have a habit of doing). And during those months free of distraction, I picked up an old story I had once written during my early years of university (and what was actually a continuation of a story I first started in school) and began to rewrite it. Over several months, I rewrote half of this book while I backpacked through the USA and Mexico, before suddenly returning home to New Zealand when my grandmother became sick.
It was during this time at home that I truly began to look at my novel seriously. I titled it Stormwielder, and during the three months I was home to spend time with my grandmother, I also spent time at the café up the road every day working on my novel. After three months, my grandmother sadly passed away, but I will always remember that time with her as a gift. And perhaps her final gift to me was the time to truly pursue my passion for writing, because in December that year I published Stormwielder on Amazon. To my surprise, it actually sold and well, it’s been my profession ever since!