Established author Aiden James give us an in depth look into his writing world and success. His unique style has earned him the title of 'Best Seller' and he continues to climb up the ladder as an Indie Author.
I am honored to be here, and I thank you all for allowing me to share my story as an author.
I began writing stories roughly sixteen years ago, after pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in
My writing career could've been a brief one, as it started one night when it
was my turn to read a bedtime story to my two young sons. Rather than read the
'Mouse birthday book' for the umpteenth time, I began a ramble about a mystical
world parallel to our own, a world where sinister creatures sought to take a
little boy into their hidden lair…forever. Nashville
My first critical reviews from my young audience were mixed. My youngest child, Tyler, was enthralled about the magical place I created, and eagerly awaited more. However, my oldest, Christopher, thought it was the dumbest tale he had ever heard! Luckily, my wife, Fiona, listened nearby. She thought the idea had potential, although she kept that fact a secret until the following spring, 1997. When she suggested I create a fuller blown version of this story, it marked the beginning of my love affair with writing stories.
I wish I could say that the experience has always been a glorious progression, where crafting characters, incredible landscapes with captivating plots, and surprising twists was easy. Far from it. It took nearly three years for me to complete my first novel--based on the bedtime story to my boys who by then were young teenagers—and another two years to decide if I liked it enough to show it to anyone else. Signed to a small independent publisher in 2004, "The Forgotten Eden" in a previous version was released to small critical acclaim in 2006. But the book found only a very limited audience, so the search for that elusive 'bigger' audience continued.
While pursuing a bigger book deal for my paranormal adventure series, The Talisman Chronicles, of which "The Forgotten Eden" and "The Devil's
Paradise" are the first two of five installments, an
itch to dabble in something a little different hit me. A ghost story, and one
dealing with a murdered teenage girl who waited nearly a century to enact her
revenge became my next creation. Completed in 2007, "Cades Cove" was
my second release on Kindle, in August, 2010. The sequel to this ghost story
soon followed in September, entitled "The Raven Mocker". But, I'm
getting a bit ahead of myself, so allow me to fast-forward to July 2010, when
my good friend J.R. Rain talked me into leaving the elusive NY book deal
treadmill, and try something new: ebooks. Specifically, ebooks on Kindle, Nook,
and eventually other outlets such as Kobo and Apple.
I mentioned the releases for both "Cades Cove" and "The Raven Mocker". But before those books were released on Kindle, there was another—my very first ebook: "Deadly Night". Released in July 2010, it is the first installment of what promises to be a unique and exciting ghost hunting series. Based on a fictional exaggeration of Fiona, and me "Deadly Night" is a mixture of 'now' and where we were 20 years ago as ghost hunters (and in my hard-hitting' days as a Nashville rock n' roller). It’s sequel, “The Ungrateful Dead” was just released at the beginning of September 2012, and could well be my most entertaining venture to date.
"The Vampires' Last Lover" was my first release specifically written for the Kindle and Nook audience. One that pushed the personal envelope for me, the story was written from a female perspective. Like Stephen King, when he wrote "Carrie" so many years ago, my wife provided precious insights into how women view the world around them, and in particular, their true perspectives on males—something I'm sure would surprise most of us guys. Anyway, as the first installment for my "The Dying of the Dark" series, the story brings a fresh perspective to the vampire genre, focused on what it means to be unique and alone, both for the living and the undead, and how self sacrifice for the good of others remains the most noble aspiration for all creatures—above and below our beloved earth. And this vampire saga has become as much of an action adventure/thriller as any other of my creations, with the arrival of the next two installments (“The Vampires’ Birthright” in August 2011 and “Blood Princesses of the Vampires” in December last year).
Perhaps the most unique story and series I have ever had the pleasure to work on, and has become by far my most popular, is "Plague of Coins". Based on the incredible story-idea of J.R. Rain, this first installment of “The Judas Chronicles” is the story of Judas Iscariot and his quest for forgiveness. Only in this story, Judas is over 2000 years old and lives in modern-day society as William Barrow. Since its release in May, 2011, this has become my series of greatest focus. “Reign of Coins” followed this past May—almost a year to the day of the release of “Plague of Coins”—and the third installment, “Destiny of Coins”, will be released in time for Christmas this year.
So what's next?
In addition to "The Judas Chronicles", all of the other series I have mentioned will have new books by summer of 2014, with five books planned for next year. In the meantime, J.R. Rain and I have a novella action adventure tale that will debut in October, entitled “
of the Jaguar”. Along with this
release, a brand new series that deals with the true nature of good and evil
will start as a serialized project with Curiosity Quills Press. I’m truly
excited about this new series, which will be an ongoing saga about an evil
plantation owner from the 1860s who suddenly finds himself reborn as an
innocent ‘new’ man in 2012. The story is called “The Serendipitous Curse of
Solomon Brandt”. Temple
After that, who knows? Perhaps it will be time for something dark and creepy… Or, perhaps something light and fun?
The only thing I’m sure of is that I will pour my heart and soul into whatever it is, so that it will be well worth your time to check it out.
Peace to you all,
Here are the links to Aiden books and sites- check them out!