Interview with an Author: Aaron Zook

Author Aaron Zook
Author Aaron Zook

IHS: Welcome, Aaron! Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?

Aaron: I am Aaron Zook. I live in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas.

IHS: Okay, Great!  What is the title of the book you just completed with us?

Aaron: The Secrets of the Castle

IHS: Wonderful title! What was your favorite part about bringing this book to audiobook life?

Aaron: I’ve listened to hundreds of audio-books and wanted to find a narrator that could truly bring justice to my characters. Hearing the narrator I chose, Jax Russell, vocally act out the story I had written helped me understand what an incredible story it tells. As each chapter was completed, my excitement grew. An outstanding experience!

IHS: Glad to hear! Now, switching gears, whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors.  What was your inspiration for this book?

Aaron:  My inspiration for this book, and the entire Thunder and Lightning series, is my two sons, now adults. I told them the original Thunder and Lightning stories as we traveled in our van around Germany for various swimming events and castle trips.

IHS: That's so cool! Is your primary business writing?  If so, what do you do for fun?  If not, what do you do “in real life”?

Aaron: Yes – writing is my primary business. For fun, I enjoy singing and playing guitar on our church’s praise and worship team, playing golf, enjoying family gatherings, helping out the youth at our church, and relaxing with my wife.

IH: Many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature.  Are you?  Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?

Aaron: Yes, I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks because I drive quite frequently to books sales, book signings, speaking events, and writing conferences. I love listening to other authors stories and the superb narrators they have found for their books.

IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book get voiced by different people?

Aaron: Listening to my own book was a terrific experience. I could tell when people would put me to sleep, when people were energized, when they could do different voices and accents, and when they really GOT my characters. I had several terrific choices from those who were able to do justice to my book, and hopefully, to my series.

IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process?  Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?