Please welcome to my blog Aaron Frale, author of Desert During the Day of the Dead. Right now until Nov. 2nd he is giving his book away on free download at amazon. You can check it out here with this link: http://www.amazon.com/Desert-
Tell us something that is not in your author bio.
My first play I ever wrote featured two guys in a coffee shop lamenting about girlfriends, college, and computers. It was so bad. I mean epically bad. One of the guys literally said, “Oh my dear brother, what vexes thee?” I thought since it was a play people had to talk Shakespearean. So if there any writers out there who are afraid they suck. We all suck when we start. But you get better at it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It depends on what you classify “first” book. In high school, I wrote a book that was like a combination of Aliens, Terminator, and X-files. It was handwritten on many spiral notebooks. I think liking those movies growing up inspired that one. The one I recently wrote which is a more serious attempt at a first book. It’s really because I started this whole write one page a day and it worked. I wrote a page (MS Word, Times New Roman, Font Size 12, Single spaced) till it was done.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Because of all my experience writing comedy mainly the feature comedy low budget film Hamlet: The Vampire Slayer and 20 or sketch comedy shows where I acted in a lead writer capacity, I would say humor shows up in all my work. The stories I’ve been writing recently is more of a throwback to what I wanted to do in high school before I was distracted by theatre and film. I am a giant Science Fiction nerd so most stories are Sci-Fi however Desert during the Day of the Dead is most definitely a horror in celebration of the upcoming Mexican holiday.
Does Day of the Dead have any relation to Halloween?
Only that it’s pretty close. Here in Albuquerque, Day of the Dead is pretty big and the art is creepy and cool. Type Day of the Dead art or face paint into Google Images to see what I mean. It’s really intricate yet dark. So if you like festive skeletal figures, you’ll probably love Day of the Dead. So this particular story was inspired by a Day of the Dead painting a co-worker did. He used his original to make the cover for me. I really wanted to write a story about what I saw in the eyes of girl in the painting. Thus the story was born.
Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen too, etc?
I write at the computer where it happens to be in the moment and surprisingly enough, I don’t listen to music when I write. For music, it’s fairly engaging for me. So listening to music involves really listening and it’s quite distracting when I try to write. But that being said, sometimes I’ll listen to an album and get really inspired then turn it off and start writing. So here are a few from my “desert island” list of albums:
The Pink Floyd Discography
The Espers – II
The Decembrists – Hazards of Love
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Akron/Family & Angels of Light (more for the Akron/Family half)
Apoptygma Berzerk – Harmonizer
Metallica – Master of Puppets
When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
When I read Ender’s Game in middle school, and there is FINALLY a movie! I’ll be first in line.
Are you published with a publishing house or self-published? If self-published do you prefer it or would you like to find a publisher?
I am pretty much a self published crazy. My feature movie Hamlet The Vampire is through CreateSpace and Amazon. My music with the prog/metal/goth/story album band Spiral (album number ten is coming out soon) is published through Bandcamp and DIY music publishing services. So naturally, the books and stories are as well. But I do a lot of promotion work. For example with Spiral, when we release an album, I write probably 100 original emails to various music reviewers. I send about twenty copies of the album and I only get about 7 reviews for all my work. I’d much rather do the creative side let someone else do all that promotion work. So sign me up. I’d much rather have a publisher so I can do the part I enjoy and not the part I know is necessary.
What do you think was the hardest part about writing your novel/s?
Grammar. And I don’t say this lightly. I’m an English teacher by day so I have a fairly good grasp on it. It’s just very tedious and mind numbing work for me. It’s frustrating to read the books five times and still find a mistake on the sixth. So I had to come to terms with the lack perfection or drive myself crazy. That being said, when a friend or someone points out a mistake, I will try and fix it as soon as possible to the point of it being unhealthy. For example, someone said I used shear instead of sheer on story The Government Shutdown (it’s horror about a guy trapped in a building). So I thought, “I will fix this in the morning. It’s really late and I’m tired.” But then I kept thinking about all night. So I had to fix it and upload a new copy to Amazon before I could get rest.
Are you currently reading anything? Any new books out this year that have really sparked your interest?
I am reading the Wool series. It’s an inspiration to know that self published authors can be successful.
Are you currently working on a new project? If so can you tells us what it will be about?
The page a day thing I told you about… I started that in June and I now have 70k word first draft of a Science Fiction novel about time travel. The story really kept me engaged and I am really excited about it so be on the lookout. I’m going to try and find a publisher first and toss it up on Amazon if I get no response. I also have a collection of short stories that go with some short stories my band mate Chris Boat wrote. Our music project Spiral does story based metal. So each album tells a story with the lyrics. For album number ten, we’ve decided to push the concept another step and write a bunch of short stories to go with the album. It’s called Our Final Days of Bellicus Prime. It should be out within the next couple months.
Spiral’s Website: http://thespiral.bandcamp.com
Desert During the Day of the Dead
Maria feels a strong connection to her grandmother, who lives in a remote house in the desert of New Mexico. After her grandmother’s death, she decides to take time off at her grandmother’s place. She celebrates Day of the Dead after discovering a painting of her grandmother in a Day of the Dead mask. Maria leaves a meal out for her grandmother but something else eats the offering. There is something hidden in the desert.
About the author:
Aaron Frale is an Albuquerque resident. He was voted third place during the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque in 2006. He has written various short stories, plays, and movies. He screams and plays guitar for the local Prog rock band Spiral.