Aaron Gansky, novelist and creative writing teacher, has been on the BRMCWC faculty several times and has become a favorite among conferees (something I attribute to his last name and great genetics). This week his newest novel, The Hand of Adonai: The Book of Things to Come was released. The book is published by Brimstone Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, a publishing house run by another faculty member, Eddie Jones.
Aaron is also one of the founders and the host of First in Fiction, a podcast for budding novelists. I have the honor of serving as the shows co-host. This week we turn the tables on Aaron and make him a guest in his own show. We divided this episode into two parts, both of which will be of use to our Blue Ridge blog readers: "How to Launch a Book."
Joining us for the broadcast is Molly Jo Realy, a first time Blue Ridge conferee last year. She is serving as Aaron's "social media ninja." During the first part of the program I assume control of the show and interview Aaron about the novel and how it came to be. In the second half, I talk to Molly Jo about her approach to using social media to promote the novel. Lot's of fun.
You can see other First in Fiction programs at Aaron's website.
About the book:
At first, Lauren Knowles is thrilled to wake up in Alrujah, a digital fantasy world she created with her best friend, Oliver Shaw, but the exhilaration of serving as a magical princess fades when she senses a demonic force lurking in the shadows. Though they designed a world of wondrous beauty, blue-leafed forests, shimmering silver rivers, and expansive medieval castles, Lauren and Oliver soon find their secret realm to be an ever-changing land of dark oppression and deadly sorcery. With the help of Aiden Price and Erica Hall, two friends from their high school in North Chester, the four teens must find a way out, a way that can only be discerned from the dusty pages of the ancient leather-bound tome, The Book of Things to Come. Faced with questionable allies, invisible enemies, and increasingly dangerous levels of difficulty, the four must learn to work together, to trust each other ... or be forever lost.
In addition to being a loving father and husband, Aaron Gansky is an author, novelist, editor, mentor, teacher, and podcast host. In 2009, he earned his M.F.A in Fiction at the prestigious Antioch University of Los Angeles, one of the top five low-residency writing schools in the nation. Prior to that, he attained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing where he studied, in part, under Bret Anthony Johnston, now the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University.
His first novel The Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was released in December of 2013. His YA Fantasy series can be read free here. He has written two books on the craft of writing fiction; Firsts in Fiction: First Lines and Write to Be Heard (with Diane Sherlock). To find out more about his books, click here.
As a Creative Writing teacher in California, he brings his expertise on the craft to several writing conferences around America where he speaks on a variety of topics. To learn more about his teaching, or to request him as faculty at your next writing convention, click here.
In 2009, he began an online literary journal to publish poetry and flash fiction. Since that time, The Citron Review has grown in reputation and prestige. It is now one of the premier publishers of the internet’s best flash fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
In 2013 he began his Firsts in Fiction Podcast with Steve McLain. Shortly after, Heather Luby joined the line up. Lately, he chats with his father, Alton Gansky, about elements of the craft in which they dispense practical, in-depth analysis of how to write powerful fiction. To find out more about the cast, click here.
About Molly Jo Realy:
Molly Jo is an award-winning author whose writings have been featured in children’s magazines, devotional websites, and nationally-featured blogs. She is the founder of New Inklings Press and the well followed blog "Frankly My Dear MoJo."
Her short stories have earned her awards and scholarships from nationally-acclaimed writing programs. From her blog, Molly Jo states "I’m a Christian. Writer. Mom. Single. Daughter. Friend. Worker. Chef. Believer. I live to love life, and write about it. I believe in words. Recipes are food for the soul. Stories are meant to be told. And I like to tell them. I am a writer."
Alton Gansky is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and the author of over 40 books.