Author Interview: Aaron Speer

Are you a panster or a plotter?
If you asked me this when I first started, I’d say plotter. Every scene. All arcs. Now though? I’d say its 70 30 pantsing.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
Yes I do. Music is my best weapon. I’m always listening to specific download tracks based on the book I’m writing.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
The Godfather
 
Describe your perfect writing space:
Alone. Quiet. In a bedroom or small office type space.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Title always
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:

She sent me a photo of tonight’s dinner. Strange, as she had cursed me out not an hour before. She had never sent me pictures of anything like this before.
I began to wonder, was this a message? A chilling warning of the night ahead?
My beautiful fiance had only been released from minimum security less than a year ago. I never asked her what her previous husband’s died of…
 
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Author Bio:
I love writing adult paranormal fiction. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts… oh my. I’ve been writing since I was 11 but I’ve always been a dreamer… often getting caught staring off into space as I created stories in my mind.

One of my stories, Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets Series Book 1), won the 2017 Golden Stake Award at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival held in Transylvania annually. I’m still quite chuffed about walking away with it after facing some great contenders.

The Fourth book in what some refer to as The Undeadly Secrets Saga released in early 2018 and I followed that with my first Contemporary Romance (MMA) release in August of 2018. I also have a short story thriller series, The Independents, and will be branching out into other genres in the coming year.

My favourite activities include spending time with family, dragging my forever patient wife to watch my beloved St George Illawarra Dragons, popping into the movies for the latest blockbusters, going to the gym for my dream body. Or just a body. Anything, really.

My beautiful wife and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2017. My fans declared him the Prince of Speerverse and claimed he seemed to take after me in his want to build the tension as high as possible… making us and our loved ones wait 3 long days for him to make his entrance. My wife and I live with the love of our lives in Sydney, Australia: the setting for the majority of my works.
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Creating a Diverse World.

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One thing I adore about my close circle of friends is the sheer diversity amongst them.   My friends are a mixed bag of race, nationality, sexuality, neuro-diversity and religious and political beliefs.  Why? Because unless you purposefully restrict yourself, it’s impossible not to have a diverse group of close friends and acquaintances in today’s world.  It may be helped by the fact that I grew up traveling around the world and the idea of selecting my friends from only one subset of humanity is nothing short of absurd to me.

Why would I restrict myself like that?

It’s hard enough, as someone with Apserger’s Syndrome, to develop and build friendships because interpersonal relationships are difficult for me.  It takes extra work on my part, and extra patience on their part.  And I am grateful to my friends who make the effort.  I’d be a lonely sad soul without them

The thing is though life is so much more fun when allow others to expand your horizons.

When I started thinking about the people and shifters in the Blackbird world, I wanted it to be just as diverse.

So what sort of mixed bag can you expect from the pack?

There are several diverse couples in the series, just a few of these are:

Josh and Alicia: Josh is black and all British while Alicia is in Josh’s words a Moroccan princess.

Lorcan and Ronan: Ronan is all Irish, but Lorcan is part Irish and part Korean. (m/m)

Sammie and Rosie: Sammie is half-Chinese and half-British, Rosie happens to be asexual though not aromantic. (f/f)

Elaine and Alim: Elaine is British and the resident Aspie in the Blackbird pack, Alim is Moroccan and not a sheikh no matter what his niece Alicia and her best friend Ivy claim.

How about you? Do you enjoy diversity in your romance?