Featured Friday! Aaron Crocco
Aaron Crocco can be summed up as a writer and a podcaster, but complicating this further is the fact that he’s a huge geek, Apple fanboy, and loves Back to the Future so much that he owns a Delorean. In the mid-2000′s his writing spark was reignited and he’s been tearing up the keyboard ever since.
Aaron’s debut sci-fi thriller novel Spirit Hackers explores the intersection of technology and the afterlife. His thriller Chrono Virus rocked readers in 2012 with its original take on space travel. In 2013 he released the tie-in story Chrono Virus: Fall of the Horizon. Aaron’s apocalyptic debut series As Darkness Ends explores the end of the world from many points of view.
Aaron hails from Long Island, NY and enjoys hockey, rock & roll, coffee, and way too much ice cream.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I love being able to take an interesting idea and develop it into something that may be a full-fledged story.
What made you start writing?
I’ve always had a creative imagination. For as long as I could remember, I loved seeing intriguing stories and expanding on them in my mind. I loved in school when we would get free writing time and I could jot down a flash fiction story in a matter of minutes while everyone else was struggling with their first sentence.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
While I can’t point to a single author, I would say it’s the brilliant minds that have taken ideas in different genres and put them into amazing books. Ernest Cline is an amazing writer that comes to mind. Dan Brown perfected the art of cliffhanging a chapter to make you read faster.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Write. Don’t worry about anything else. You can only tell your story and get better by getting the words out.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
My first love is scifi and while I mainly write in that genre, I quite enjoy thrillers and the occasional non-fiction read.
It would definitely be Ken Mallory from my book Chrono Virus. He’s a guy trying to keep things together on a tiny space ship run by an indebted captain and a dangerous job of moving cargo in deep space.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
There’s a plot twist in my novel Spirit Hackers where a character does something surprising. This was something I wrote spur of the moment and so even I didn’t expect it. It was completely outside of my general outline for the story. It took me a few days to read over what I had written and decide if this new direction was better. In the end I decided it was and I had to re-outline the entire second half of the book. While I didn’t like having to re-do all the initial legwork of the book’s “bones” I feel it was the right decision as the book works a lot better in the form it is today.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Definitely the Harry Potter series. I’m reading it for the first time and amazed at the universe I’ve missed out on for all these years. I absolutely want to enroll at Hogwarts.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Walter Isaacson did an amazing job with Steve Jobs’ biography. He’s a fantastic storyteller.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
That’s a really tough one since most films come from some sort of prior material. My initial answer is Airheads simply because of a joke made where they didn’t know Moby Dick was a book first. But I would love to see Stargate as a book or possibly Event Horizon.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Nerdy guy loves Back to the Future and tells stories.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
Right now I’m excited to be working on new material. I spend a few years working on edits and refining my novel Spirit Hackers. While I love the story, I feel ready to move onto something different. I have a few ideas on the table, some in progress. I’m at an interesting crossroads where I am trying to see what story works best for the next leg of my journey.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
I say this one a lot when things get complicated or if I worry a goal seems like it will take a while and I’m thinking of cutting corners: If you’re going to do something, do it right.
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