IndieView with Aaron C. Cross, author of Robocopter Ski Patrol

I was turned down from several MFA writing programs, which was disheartening, and decided to just write something and get it out there. However, when there are days that writing isn’t coming easily, I often go back and do some editing then to get myself refreshed on the story and see where I can go from there. We all know how important it is for writers to read. The characters are mostly fictional, but I took bits and pieces of personalities from some of my friends at the time. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Life and all that gets in the way. Essentially, it’s a send-up of the cliché ‘one last job’ action movie trope, but it’s more than that. No, we don’t use woodchippers for people. If only his pets would stop exploding… Across the ocean, Adam Bitchenstein attempts to win over Miss Girl from Ipanema for the nth time. Others, it’s Latin jazz, Others, it’s an 80s playlist. However, a phone call from out of the blue will change everything in their lives forever. Let’s say the present. If I wanted to write something, I put it in there. It seemed fitting. About You
Where did you grow up? I can always be reached at www.aaronccross.com or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobocopterSkiPatrol/ or even Twitter as @daneatscatfood. Where do you live now? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? As with any book, there are difficulties. There’s also some reality/time travel and a sentient helicopter. I’ve lived in the Dakotas, Atlanta, Nashville, and in Oklahoma, so I’ve lived all over the United States. I’m happy to talk to anyone about my books or about writing, so don’t be shy! When did you start writing the book? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? My goal in writing is just to create something to entertain others and that helps relieve stress and anger over the world at large. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Music really helps me writing. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? A friend of mine, Ashley Wrigley, had self-published and was invaluable in helping me do so. Just do it. I just rely on word-of-mouth and having others read it and talk about it. Join Adam, Miss Girl from Ipanema, and a cast of idiots and perverts as they seek to stop the balance of world power from changing before it’s too late. Writers like Mel Brooks, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and the crew behind Archer also have an impact and I think that shows in the writing. Not sure if you picked that up but…it’s kind of important. Honestly, it’s a bit difficult to describe, but the plot revolves around a dictator coming into power (in a stupid way) and the group of heroes looking to stop him. For influences, Terry Pratchett for sure. Going indie was just out of necessity. It took me three years, give or take a few months. The idea came from some friends when we were doing a play festival in Atlanta in 2009. Do you listen to music while you write? Dialogue is also easy for me, since snark is one of my languages. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? It’s always a phone call, right? I haven’t as of yet. Did you hire a professional editor? If I can’t, it went in. My writing is mainly organic, in that it comes as it comes. Do you have a target reader? I do try to have some plot points scribbled down in advance, just to keep me on track, but the story and characters go where they want and I’ve found that’s the best way to really make the books interesting. Do you outline? Yellow cake uranium sits, waiting to be sold, in a foreign country. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I’ve thought about it and explored it a bit, but ultimately I haven’t felt comfortable doing that yet. I honestly would say I grew up all over. The leader hides himself away, fearing assassination – as he should, because that’s how the country works. Cross just sounds awesome, right? I don’t have the budget or time to go full-scale marketing right now, but I’d imagine that would change if circumstances were different. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Robocopter Ski Patrol from Amazon US or Amazon UK. What would you like readers to know about you? Some nights, it’s heavy metal. I still have that sheet, actually. I try to write every single day and, sometimes, that just doesn’t happen. I don’t really know until it happens, but it works well. Well, for Robocopter, I took a whole five minutes to make sure that book cover looked as professional as it does. It’s kind of a stupid country. I’m a doctoral student that will hopefully have my degree within a couple years. Dialogue is also easy for me, since snark is one of my languages. His whole giant universe and sense of humor speak to the heart of my writing. If so can you please describe it? Write. I can’t think of a specific point at which the book was tricky, but I know there were some parts that just didn’t click right away. And well he should worry, for skulking his way around Europe is an ambitious Baron just looking for the right opportunity to seize the throne and all the powers and chances that come with it. It depends, but I really don’t outline. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I actually have a note that demands that I justify why something CAN’T work. About the book
What is the book about? The others I actually used some default covers from my publishing website. Dr. Absolutely. What was the easiest for me was that I gave myself permission to do whatever I wanted. I don’t, mainly because I can’t afford it right now. Aaron C. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? We were sitting around and tossing around ideas and it got scribbled down on a sheet of computer paper. Also, there’s a Robocopter. Maybe if things take off a bit. Still, my process is just to work on it when I can. Ace, in particular, is borrowed from a friend of mine that would get into scrapes while drinking. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? It’s not particularly pretty or specific. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Cross – 4 April 2018
The Back Flap
The year is…some year. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Even if it doesn’t get traction, holding YOUR book in your hands is an incredible experience. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? My target reader is anyone who wants to laugh. I started writing the book proper back in, I think, 2010, though it was in stages before that. What came easily? Where did you get the idea from? I usually wait until the end to do a full-scale edit. Currently, I’m up in Fargo, North Dakota. Publish. As for what, it varies. I don’t even name the chapters until I’ve finished writing them. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) How long did it take you to write it?