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Monday, April 13, 2015

Salem's Fury by Aaron Galvin (Interview & Giveaway)

Salem's Fury
Aaron Galvin

Sarah Kelly fears a father’s sins are revisited upon the children.

Her sister believes different. Adopted by the Miamiak and raised in the wilderness, Rebecca shares no such concerns. For her, memories of their early life and of Hecate’s attack remain dim.

But history condemns those who neglect the past.

When a war party brings news of a neighboring tribe attacked for harboring white folk, they demand the Miamiak aid in avenging their fallen brothers. With rumors the culprits were held in sway to a fearless witch on the rampage, Rebecca must decide whether to guard those she holds dear or seek vengeance upon a forgotten shade of Salem.

So some of you may have read Salem's Vengeance - and if you adore witches, then you positively should.  Today I bring you Salem's Fury, book two in the Vengeance Trilogy by Aaron Galvin!  I was lucky enough to get some time to interview Aaron, so take a peak - let me know what you think!

Hey Aaron!  Thanks for joining me today!

Hey Liz! Thanks for having me. It’s always nice to chat with you again.

First, tell us something quick about Salem’s Fury?

It’s the second book in my Vengeance Trilogy. Think Indians vs. Witches, with a heroine who could stand toe-to-to with Katniss Everdeen and not wilt.

So the Vengeance Trilogy is witches, and your other series, Salt, is about selkies.  How do you switch mindsets between two such very different subjects?

I’m obsessed with all things paranormal and mythological, so switching back and forth between series keeps it fun. I like to think of it as my being a Selkie – sometimes I need to be underwater, other times I go ashore and shed my sealskin to write about witches and dance in the moonlight.

I’m a man torn between two worlds, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Did writing Salem’s Vengeance and Salem’s Fury require much research, and where do you even begin on such a strong subject?

Absolutely. I studied both News Journalism and Theatre in college. Very different majors, but both professions seek truth and you need research to find/gain that understanding. The Salem trials have always fascinated me, so I felt like I approached the story with a pretty good base. I should’ve listened to Yoda – “Much to learn, you still have.”

Fortunately, there is a wealth of information about the subject. I read countless non-fiction books, documentaries, and even transcripts from the actual trials. All of it really helped me immerse myself in that time period and gain further understanding of the factors creating the trials. After all the research, the real fun began – using my imagination to weave fact and fiction together.

Now, if we look at your website, we see you are also an actor.  Very cool!!  But if you had to choose writing or acting, which would you choose?

It changes every day. Haha.

Today, I would probably choose acting. I’ve spent the last few months locked away in an office writing Salem’s Fury, so the actor side of me is grumbling to get out and play.

So what is it like seeing the world from both an acting standpoint, and the writer’s standpoint?

There’s nothing like being on a film set. Whether you’re playing an actual character in the story, wearing the costume, or interacting with the other players, it’s a thrill I’ve not found anywhere else.

And yet I love the writer side too because it allows me more freedom to play roles I could never convincingly portray on screen, and go places that I haven’t seen on screen.

I truly think my pursuits have been a great marriage of the two professions. For example, all actors desire a juicy role with complexities to play with, so I always think of that when I’m writing. If I can’t give even minor characters some little quirky trait that makes them unique then they don’t belong in the story.

Conversely, It’s been helpful as an actor because now I approach scripts in ways I never did before with a writer’s understanding of character relationships, relevance, and overall impact on the story.

What would you say is your favorite movie of all time?


Action, romance, comedy, – it has everything you could ever want in a movie.

And because I’m not letting you off that easy, what would be your favorite book?

‘The Stand’ by Stephen King.

Amazing read. Again, it’s the perfect blend of storytelling and weaving multiple genres.

Do you have any other projects coming up that you can share with us (film, writing, or otherwise?!)

I’m currently banging away at the final book in the Vengeance Trilogy, and I’m in hopes to film a live-action trailer of Salem’s Vengeance in the fall. This series has really found a following and I want to give those fans something back by making the characters come to life.

And a little birdy told me you would be at the LA Times Festival of Books.   Give us the deets!  Where, when, what will you be doing??

Yeah, I am! J

The L.A. Times Festival of Books is this weekend (April 18-19th) at USC’s campus.
It’s free admission, so why not swing out and say hey! I’ll be in Alumni Park both days signing and selling books, and I might even be participating in a panel. You’ll have to swing by and find out… ;)

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today, Aaron! 

Thank you for having me! It’s been a blast! 

Aaron Galvin cut his chops writing stand-up comedy routines at age thirteen. His early works paid off years later when he co-wrote and executive produced the award-winning indie feature film, Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells.

He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in everything from Hollywood blockbusters, (Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, and Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers), to starring in dozens of indie films and commercials.

Aaron is a native Hoosier, graduate of Ball State University, and a proud member of SCBWI. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.

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