Aubrey Williams is with us today on the ‘Lets Meet’ segment. At only Twenty-Four years old, Aubrey already has two published titles under his belt, ‘The Knight in Shining Armor’ and ‘Him, Known As Awakened’ reside in The Sulexian Chronicles. The third instalment of this series ‘The Warrior’ takes place six months after the final events of the second book and is due for release in the fall.
“An unusual take on magic and how it is performed, is so enjoyable. It brings a fresh idea to the table while still keeping it familiar enough that it is enjoyable and easily comprehended.”
Barnes & Nobel Review
“This book is unlike any I have ever read. It is a very magical book with fantastic powers and uniquely quirky characters.”
Barnes & Nobel Review
Today Aubrey talks about why he chose to be an author, his books and a love for the Fantasy Genre.
Hello and Welcome Aubrey.
MW: What is your favourite genre? Why did you choose it?
AW: I absolutely love the fantasy genre. Ever since I was little I loved all things that involved the mystical, paranormal, or supernatural. You’re looking at a boy who watched Charmed’s series première back in October of 1998. I was ten when it came out. Well anyway I love the fantasy genre because there’s nothing you can’t do. There are no boundaries or people who say "you can’t do that!" It’s an immensely creative genre because anything and everything a writer can dream can become fantasy. I’ve always had this amazing imagination and I’ve used it to create fantasy works of my own.
MW: Tell us about your path to becoming an author. Did you have any idea at the start what the process really entails?
AW: It was not an initial dream of mine to become an author. I think I was just messing around, letting my imagination run wild during that hot and balmy summer of 2006. I remember writing a "story" but somehow it became a book. Mind you, it was my first, poorly written, but a book nonetheless. I liked writing and thought maybe I should pursue it. Now as I grow as an author I know what I should be doing and how I should do it. That’s why in 2013 my goal is to have an agent to introduce my next book series, separate from the four books I’ve written previously.
MW: How long did it take for your first book to go from an idea to a published work?
AW: Well I came up with the idea one summer night and decided to start writing it. It was about twin mages. I thought it was a cool idea and then I kept going and going and going. The book took me about a year to complete. I remember sending it off to the publisher a few months before graduation. Three months after graduation the book was published and in print. Since then I haven’t stopped writing.
MW: Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
AW: No. I don’t think I have the patience to write more than one book at a time. I generally plan one book, edit one book, and write one book all at the same time. They’re all different tasks and don’t completely drain me. I find that writing is exhausting and doing more than one manuscript at a time can burn you out. So I write one manuscript at a time, edit a previous manuscript, and start devising plans for future works. That’s worked pretty well for me thus far.
MW: Do you create an outline before beginning a new book?
AW: I think I loathe outlines. I think because in 9th grade I had to write so many for my Geography class. I don’t really care much for them, but I do plan on a broad scheme; the how, when, and where. I just write a bulleted list of events to come and fill the places in the middle where I can. I guess that could be sorta like an outline, but not. It’s just a list of things yet to come, so I remember where I’m going with a particular work.
MW: Which authors, past or present, have greatly influenced your style, your voice?
AW: I know I love J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, and D.J. MacHale. They are great children’s writers. So I think about those three writers and I remember how I felt while reading their prose. I aspire to create the intrigue and excitement that they did. I also love Cassandra Clare, Lynne Ewing, and Jeanne DuPrau. They just constantly help me learn new words and new themes to put into my writing. I’m still a little wet behind the ears with style and voice, but those authors and others have greatly influenced how I write today.
MW: When you started your story, how did you set about researching?
AW: Since it’s fantasy, I didn’t research a whole lot. I looked up mages and how they perform magic. I looked up the schools of magic that mages practice and added my own spin to that. Over the years though I have researched more about mages, magic, and the fantasy genre itself. I want to ensure that I’m unique in every way, but still giving the fantasy readers a sense of familiarity.
MW: I love my Kindle and believe it’s a marvellous invention. However it doesn’t quite replace my love for the printed book; the smell, the feel of the page, even better if it is an ear chewed second hand version! Do you have a preference for e-book formats or the traditional paperback and hardback versions?
AW: When it comes to reading I have no preference. I enjoy both as long as I’m reading a good book. I think e-books are a bit more convenient if you’re reading more than one book at a time. You don’t have to lug them around everywhere you go. I personally read one book at a time so it doesn’t bother me to carry one book around to read. The Kindle might even be lighter than the book so I can see that as an advantage. As long as there’s good fiction to read, I’ll take whatever format I can get.
MW: What tips or advice would you offer to writers who are about to join the published community?
AW: Don’t be shy. I mean this by letting people know you’re published! Get out there, talk to people. I found that when I was first published I didn’t spread the word and my books just didn’t sell well enough. The author has to be as involved as possible and be able to tell people how great your book is. It’s even harder when you have little confidence in your writing. Get over it. You’re published, you’re at least "good" at writing. Tell people about yourself, get them excited about your writing! You have no idea how important that is.
MW: Thank you very much for taking part. It was a pleasure to talk to you.
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The Knight in Shining Armor can be found at BarnesAndNoble.com
Him, Known As Awakened can be found at BarnesAndNoble.com