Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Aaron Paul Lazar

Welcome to Author Aaron Paul Lazar.


Bio:

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries, Moore Mysteries, and Tall Pines Mysteries enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at www.legardemysteries.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases, TERROR COMES KNOCKING (2011), FOR THE BIRDS(2011), ESSENTIALLY YOURS (2012) and DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (2012).

Interview:

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Claude Monet. I would love to stand in his studio while he created his masterpieces, or walk with him through his gardens in Giverny, France.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read my book(s) because not only will they give you a good old fashioned heart-pounding thrill ride, but they will transport you to a wonderful place filled with characters you’ll fall in love with, and they will probably make you head for the country, grow some gardens, and encourage you to plan some big family feasts.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes! I have five more LeGarde books in the publishing queue at Twilight Times Books (Don’t Let the Wind Catch You, Portamento, Virtuoso, Counterpoint, and Lady Blues), as well as rewrites (and eBooks!) coming for Double Forte’ and Upstaged, the very first books that came out in 2005/2006. There are two more books in the Moore Mysteries series (Terror Comes Knocking and For Keeps), and I have yet a third Paranormal Mystery series being debuted this fall. It’s called Tall Pines Mysteries (For the Birds and Essentially Yours) and is the start of another long series, this time set in the Adirondack Mountains.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
Reading great mysteries from greats like John D. MacDonald.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
The most amazing day of my writing career occurred when I received an email from a reader I’d never met, telling me that my books “got him through his chemo.” It was so validating and humbling. Another reader sent me a note telling me I taught him how to be a better father. Wow. Just imagine how wonderful that felt…

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? 
As long as I could take my family with me, it would be my Sam Moore series. Sam is already retired, has enough money to live on, and spends his days in his gardens. Heavenly!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up. Write a little every day. Grow a thick skin. And listen to your heart.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
A cowboy. Just like Rex Trailer.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
John D. McDonald, James Patterson, Dick Francis, Clive Cussler, Laurie King, Lillian Jackson Braun, Rex Stout, Peter Mayle, Tony Hillerman, Dean Koontz, SW Vaughn, Lesia Valentine, Bob Burdick, Lad Moore, Marta Stephens, Patricia Fowler.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
Oh yes, indeed. In Gus LeGarde and Sam Moore. But not too much in Marcella Hollister! LOL. (Tall Pines Mysteries are the first mysteries where I’ve written from a woman’s POV. My main character is a gal named Marcella.)


What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
To write a book from my dog’s POV. I still think I’ll do that some day!

Hidden talent? 
I’m not sure how hidden it is, but I do love to garden, cook, take photos, and listen to people’s troubles.

Favorite Food?
Pink Lady Apples. Organic, of course.

Favorite Candy?
Almond Jordans.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Laurie R. King’s upcoming release, Pirate King.

How do you react to a bad review? 
After being crushed and moping around for a while, I try to learn something from the comments. If there’s nothing of value, I forget about it and go on. If there’s something to improve, I work hard to do so.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. 
Up at 6 to let the dogs out, start up the woodstove, fill up the firewood rack, clean the cat pans, make my lunch. At 6:30, work on writing or correspondence. At 7:30 in the show to get ready for the day job. From 9 to 5, work in engineering. Home by 5:30, make dinner for my wife and me and clean it up. 6:30 til 10:00, writing, writing, writing…. After a good night’s sleep, it starts all over again!

Favorite places to travel?
Germany, Austria, the Adirondack Mountains, Maine.

Favorite music?
Classical (Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, and more), Sixties Rock (The Beatles, Stones, Doors, Led Zep, Janice Joplin, etc.) Folk (PP&M, Joni MItchell, etc.) Blues and Jazz (Pinetree Perkins, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, etc)

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? 
Without a doubt, Mr. Dean Koontz. I’d LOVE to coauthor a new Odd Thomas book with him. He’s my hero. (Koontz and Odd Thomas! LOL)


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In celebration of the release of the eBook FireSong, and in anticipation of the print release in July, Aaron Paul Lazar is giving away two complete sets of his books for one lucky dad. Here’s a synopsis of FireSong, and please stop by LeGardeMysteries.com for more information on the rest of his mystery series.

Fire Song:

What would you do if your country church was hit by a rogue tornado during services? What if the shrieking winds unearthed the bones of a missing parishioner in a nearby wheat field? Now add the discovery of heroin in your elderly minister’s bloodstream. When Gus LeGarde is thrown into the middle of the mess, he knows life’s finally gone berserk in East Goodland, New York.
The Genesee Valley is in chaos. Strangers drive panel vans through the countryside at weird hours of the night. A new batch of drugs is on the street, endangering students. The local salt mine collapses due to illegal mining practices. Gas fires burn in wells. Watering holes turn to brine. Crops are dying. Tempers are short. Forest fires threaten. To top it off, the new mine lies directly over ancient Indian burial grounds, bringing anguish to local tribes and inciting riots at the mine site.
Join Gus as he’s lured into a bizarre network of underground tunnels to expose the most shocking discovery ever to rock the Genesee Valley.

LeGarde Mysteries:
Double Forte’
Upstaged
Tremolo
Mazurka
FireSong – (eBook – pdf file)

Moore Mysteries:
Healey’s Cave

Giveaway Details:

2 Winners will win a set of Aaron’s Books.
Print copies available to US & Canada only
If you live internationally you can enter to receive available ebooks
Ends 7/11/11

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