Thursday, June 16, 2011

Guest Post with Aaron Patterson

The Perfect Job

As a little boy, I used to get asked by grown-ups all the time: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would give the standard answer, Superhero, Fireman, millionaire… you know, easy stuff.

I never thought of writing, never dreamed of being an author let alone being able to make a living writing books. So what is it like to write books for a Job?

Before we go into that, let me give you some history, we all love history. I grew up as a home Schooled kid, I read a ton and loved stories. This set me up for my job as a writer and I didn’t even know it. After I graduated, I got into construction. Not just any construction but fire protection. I was a firefighter, just fought the fire before it ever started.

I did this for 11 years. I did not want to do this my whole life but didn’t really know what I did want to do. After writing my first book in 2008 I found that I really liked writing but never dreamed I would ever sell any books.

Fast forward to 2011. I have three novels out and my new one, Airel is my best yet. So what do I do all day?

I wake up—most of the time when I want to—and drive down to a local coffee shop and find a chair close to a plug-in. I order a coconut mocha and sit down to write. I try to spend two hours doing this but if I open my email or Facebook, I am doomed. Between blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, I also help other authors get their book published. I promote, plan, market and even take other authors to lunch.

I do this most days, sit, read and write and drink coffee. I know, sweet huh? The best part is talking to readers, finding out what they liked or hated. Hearing of someone who loved my books and being able to do something I enjoy. This really is the perfect job.

Do I ever run out of ideas for new books? Never, there are so many stuck in my head it will take me at least 50 years just to wrote what I have ideas for right now. So here is to a long and exciting future for you the reader and me the writer. If you want to be a writer, I would give this advice. Read as much as you can, and start writing. You will never write a book if you do not sit down and write.

Aaron Patterson
Twitter: Mstersmith
Facebook: Aaron Patterson

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Evie said...

Hi Aaron! Fantastic guest post! I always wondered how it would be like to be home schooled. I bet I'd enjoy it more than my horrible primary school... (blah!)
I'm very excited to read your book, my blog is one of the stops on your tour and I can't wait to welcome you to my humble bookish space! :)


Aaron Patterson said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I hope this gives you some more info into the other side of publishing and writing. Cheers.

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing today - I enjoyed reading what you had to say!

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