Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Aidan: My name is Aidan Lucid and I’m 38.

 Fiona: Where are you from?

 Aidan: I come from a little town called Ballyheigue in County Kerry, Ireland.

 Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Aidan: From 2004 to 2006, I obtained two diplomas of distinction in Creative Writing and Freelance Journalism from Kilroy’s College, Dublin. In 2008, I received another diploma of distinction in Writing for TV and Radio from the Irish Training Centre in Dublin. Outside of writing, I’m a qualified Level 2 Reiki practitioner. In 2012, I married my lovely wife, Claire and I’ve one sibling, my sister, Jenny.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Aidan: I recently had my YA fantasy novel, The Lost Son, published. There may be other exciting announcements to come over the coming months about that book so watch this space.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Aidan: As a kid, I was always interested in reading and creating my own stories. But it was after a life-changing religious experience in 2002, that I began writing. I love it because it allows me to escape mundane reality and create worlds of my own.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Aidan: After seven of my items were published back in 2004, that made me realise that maybe this was the ideal career for me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Aidan: While sitting at home in my living-room one day, the image of Henry, the protagonist in, The Lost Son, came into my head. He was in a golden suit of armour and wore a red cloak. This struck me as an odd but interesting image so I decided to sit down and flesh out this character. Soon other characters followed and before I knew it, there was enough material for a novel. This, in turn, will now be a trilogy.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Aidan:Without giving too much of the plot away, Henry is somewhat of a unique child and he makes a discovery in the book that turns his whole life upside down. So when Henry finds out the truth about his past, then he realises that he is indeed a ‘lost son’.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Aidan: My writing style is very fast-paced. For me as a reader, I like the author to jump right in and get on with the story, not having to wait fifty pages for it to get interesting. So I basically write what I’d like to read. The challenging aspect of my genre is writing the battle scenes. It’s difficult to come up with different ways of having large masses of people engaging in battle but I plotted it out, sometimes taking a few days to ensure every detail was correct before putting fingers to keyboard. A ton of research on medieval warfare was carried out before beginning, The Lost Son.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Aidan: Well, a little bit of me is in Henry and possibly his friend Joey too in the book. I drew inspiration for the opening battle between the WWII pilots and the dragons over the Bermuda Triangle from a real-world event called the ‘Flight 19 Incident’. Back in December 1945, a squadron of USAF pilots were mysteriously lost over the Bermuda Triangle during a routine training mission. Their planes were never found. I saw a documentary on this in 2005 and that planted the seed for the first major event in Chapter One.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

 Aidan: No, I write at home but meditation and prayer are essential for me. I find that it helps the writing process to become even smoother.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Aidan: A very talented artist named Leonardo Borazio, did the artwork. I put the cover together then once the illustration was received.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Aidan: Yes, that it’s okay to be different and not to let fear stand in the way. Believe in yourself and anything is possible. An open mind will always receive many blessings! That’s something I’ve learned over the years.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Aidan: For me, right now, David Baldacci is one of my favourite authors. His writing style is superb and his books are real page-turners. Dan Brown is another one of my favourites. In the fantasy genre though, I like Christopher Paolini’s works. You can’t go wrong with a bit of C.S. Lewis too. They don’t call ‘em classics for nothing, folks!

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Aidan: My online friends. They were extremely supportive, especially during some very dark days when I just didn’t want to write at all!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Aidan: Yes, definitely. I’d love to be able to ditch the 9 to 5 office job and be self-employed as a full-time writer.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Aidan: No. All that was meant to be written, has been.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Aidan: Perseverance, dedication and discipline is key. It’s also important to listen to feedback. It doesn’t mean you have to put every suggestion into action but if there’s a kernel of truth in something someone says then take it on board and make the change.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Aidan: Someone who can act. Just kidding. Gosh, I don’t know, really.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Aidan: As I already mentioned, being a writer means spending time away from family, friends, TV/Playstation and requires a lot of dedication. If you’re willing to commit to taking time to create realistic characters and locations, develop a plot that keeps readers hooked as well as listening to advice from people who know what they’re talking about, then you’ll go far. Also, take a class or two in crafting great dialogue as well as one in marketing. Yeah, it’s a pain in the butt but it has to be done. Writing isn’t the only talent one needs today; you have to be able to sell yourself too.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Aidan: No.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Aidan: A number of books all at the one time. Genesis by Brandy Anderson, two marketing ebooks by Mark Dawson and David Baldacci’s latest thriller.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Aidan: No, but the first novel that really grabbed my interest and made me want to become a writer was, The Devil’s Kiss by William W. Johnstone.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Aidan: Some of the earlier episodes of the popular US sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, make me laugh out loud. Seeing homeless people out on the streets makes me sad. This is 2019 and something like homelessness could be eradicated if enough of the wealthy people came together and put their money to good use instead of buying private jets and fancy SUVs!

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

 Aidan: Two people I’d love to meet: Elvis (because he’s The King) and my late mother who passed away in 2016 from cancer. I’d give anything to just be with her for one hour. We were really close.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Aidan: Reading, watching Grimm on Netflix with my wife as well Teen Wolf. I love brisk walks on crisp, cold evenings and meditating too.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 Aidan: Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory and the above shows.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Aidan: Curries are one of my favourite foods. The colours purple, black and blue always appeal to me. Elvis, Shakin’ Stevens, Abba and Robbie Williams are but some of my favourite artists.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Aidan: Probably go insane. Only joking. I’m a creative person so I like to write but if that didn’t work, then I’d pursue a career as a Reiki practitioner seeing as I’m already a qualified Level 2 healer.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Aidan: Spend the first 12 hours saying goodbye to family and friends. The remaining 12 hours I’d drink some beer and eat a lorry-load of sweet food like cheesecake, ice-cream and other goodies that would make my teeth rot!

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Aidan: That’s a tough one. Something inspirational, maybe. Like, “Here lies Aidan Lucid, a man who faced fear and said screw-you! Living in fear isn’t living.’

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Aidan: My website is currently under development but is nearly finished. There’s always content being added to it. Here’s the link: http://www.thezargothiansaga.comMy book can be purchased in Kindle or Paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Son-Aidan-Lucid-ebook/dp/B07ZPHXL39/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Aidan+Lucid&qid=1573813141&sr=8-1

Thank you for interviewing me. It was fun.