So how did he answer our 3 Questions? Read on–
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Aaron: There are several books I’ve read that I’ve loved that have not necessarily influenced my writing style. I think more in terms of authors than particular books. With that in mind, I’d say Flannery O’Connor has had the greatest impact on my writing, and some of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works. Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Bret Anthony Johnston, and Cormac McCarthy, too. If you want books, I’d say A Good Man is Hard to Find, Corpus Christi, The Great Gatsby, The Things They Carried, and The Road. These books have really helped define my voice–my thirst for vivid imagery and poetic prose, but also a sparse subtlety. Each word is important, and melodrama is absolutely not allowed.
But it’s so easy to be melodramatic. 🙂 Now…
What secret talents do you have?
Aaron: Not sure how “secret” it is, but I used to be a musician. I was in a rock band for a number of years. I wrote a lot of our music and lyrics. Performing was fun, but it was also very taxing. Some years ago, I co-wrote a rock-and-roll romance with a friend of mine. It was a lot of fun. I’m hoping we find a good home for it soon.
That sounds like a fun talent. Last question.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Aaron: I’ve had some good comments about my spaghetti sauce. I’m not much of a cook, but I approach the kitchen the way I approach a novel. I know enough to make something tasty, though I seldom know what it’s going to be when I start.
Sounds good. Pass the garlic bread. Thanks, Aaron, for dropping by!
Aaron has graciously offered a giveaway of winners choice of any of his books. To be entered, please leave a comment. Read about two of his books below…
Desperate to rediscover his estranged son, Marshall Sawyer agrees to finish the autobiography Harrison began before his untimely death. But the passages described in the book do not match the life Marshall remembers with his son. Together with his daughter-in-law and a professional football player friend, Marshall embarks on a journey to find out the truth. What happened to the boy in the missing years after Harrison ran away at age fifteen and his marriage years later? As he begins to investigate, he soon discovers a dangerous plot — one that puts his life in danger and the future of America at risk.
The search for the Blood Sword eventually leads the Hand to Yarborugh, the Nameless Heir, a drunken half-dwarf, and Langley of Errul, a contentious half-elf politician. Together, the group of five plumb the depths of an ancient elf military post crawling with corpses to attain the cursed blade. Meanwhile, Erica and Ullwen must find a way to infiltrate Alrujah, a city that shares the paranoia of its ailing king. As animate statues wield terrifying magic, the group faces certain death.
Aaron Gansky is the author of The Bargain, The Book of Things to Come, The Blood Sword, and Who is Harrison Sawyer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University of San Bernardino. He went on to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction from Antioch University of Los Angeles. He lives in the desert of Southern California with his wife and three boys.