Aaron Pasker a.k.a Benevolent Overlord
Our Loss Anthology is about more than just creating an anthology. It was an idea turned into a collaboration and a way to understand writing, the publishing industry and how loss affects life every day. Bridging creativity and inspiration in the writing world, five people from all across America came together to create Our Loss. Hundreds of writers and authors have already submitted content and the deadline is just over a month away.
But, where did it begin?
When Aaron posted in Ninja Writers on Facebook, he had a simple question: Who would be interested? Somehow, somewhere along the way five different voices joined the executive team (or as Aaron would say, were coerced into joining) to design, publish, and market a brand new anthology.
Here are six questions with Aaron Pasker our Benevolent Overlord, the guy who brought the Our Loss team together with a new idea, and the one in charge of all the things!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing?
A: I am originally from the small town of Manchester, IA. After attending college at Iowa State I eventually moved to the ‘Big City’ of Cedar Rapids, IA. For fun, I watch sports, paint, play chess, and XBOX.
Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?
A: I fell in love with storytelling my senior year of high school when I first heard Garrison Keillor tell the tales of Lake Wobegon on A Prairie Home Companion. Since then I’ve had a love for poignant/comedic story craft. My dream job is to be a professional novelist, making my living by spinning yarns to entertain others.
Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?
A: I had the brilliant idea of putting this whole thing together, long before I realized I had no idea what I was doing, and was fortunate enough to trick everyone else on the executive team to jump on board. Bwaahahahahaha
Q: Do you have any advice for the writers submitting to Our Loss Anthology? Any advice to aspiring writers in general?
A: Write. Write about everything. Every genre, POV, tense, etc…Writing is a skill like any other, and it only improves with a whole lot of practice. So stretch your wings, flex your literary muscles, try everything and see what works for you.
Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?
A: Find me on Facebook, Crash Test Author, where I share updates, funny memes, writing, and inspiration.
Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?
A: My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut, though my favorite book is “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore.
Tune in next time for 6 questions with another team member