hello readers of mine! i understand that my last blog entry was dated october of last year. i guess you deserve an explanation. i’ll try to make a blog post about that soon. instead, we are now interviewing the author of The Land of Look Behind, Aaron Blaylock.
a brief background
He married his childhood crush, and the girl of his dreams, in 2001. Together they are raising four beautiful and rambunctious children. He worked as a freelance sports reporter for The Arizona Republic for nearly ten years, combining his love of writing and sports. In his storytelling he draws heavily on his love of history, adventure, his faith, and his own life experiences.
1. What are your three most favorite books?
Picking just three is hard and I’m sure to leave out books I love but as I read the question three books came to mind. First, I love The Adventure of Huckleberrry Finn. I just love Mark Twain and his two most iconic stories, to me at least, are highly re-readable. Then I’d probably have to pick a Harry Potter book since I love that series so much, probably the Goblet of Fire as that has so much of what I enjoyed about young Harry’s story. Third, I’ll throw in one of the last books I finished The Martian. It was so different and compelling and yet so much fun to read. That’s quite a feat considering it’s about a man trying not to die alone on Mars. Shoot, I just realized I didn’t pick a Tolkien or a Dan Brown book. Dang it. Picking just three is tough and I didn’t even include The Land of Look Behind. Is it uncool to pick your own book? Probably is. 😉
This is a passion that has grown over the years. I was introduced to the culture and history of Jamaica as I lived and served on the island as a missionary. I love Jamaica and her people so much and found the history fascinating. When I returned home I studied more about it and wanted to tell their story. The idea of this modern day adventure as a means of sharing so much of what I loved really thrilled me and I am so happy I finally got to tell it.
Probably when Gideon, Todd and Bigga first meet Tara. The idea of her character actually came about after I started writing the book and I couldn’t wait to get to their interactions. Her strength and charm was something that these boys had yet to deal with on their adventure and really changed the whole group dynamic in a fun way.
There is so much to draw from in the island’s history, I really haven’t even scratched the surface. I found these stories entertaining and knew that the vast majority of people would be unfamiliar with them. Plus there are so many holes found in the history books and it’s fun to be able to make up the details.
5. Describe your writing journey in making this book.
It started as a pure adventure story. I wanted to tell a contemporary tale of adventure in our time with a historical context. As the story unfolded, however, the historical narrative became more crucial to the story until they were equal partners in their shared journey. That was only able to happen through the symbols borrowed from ancient times. They brought a depth and meaning to the story that I didn’t initially plan for.
the land of look behind
The Land of Look Behind is a historical fiction book, set predominantly in Jamaica. It was just published last month, on the 9th. There are two perspectives, one in present day and the other, centuries ago. The summary in Goodreads goes:
When Gideon discovers a mysterious drawing tucked in an old journal he returns to his mission area in Jamaica with dreams of finding a legendary treasure. Some would kill to keep the treasure secret. This thrilling adventure takes you deep into Jamaica’s treacherous cockpit country and back in time for a spine-tingling mystery you won’t be able to put down.
If you like action, history, adventure and relationships blended into one, check this book out.
thank you for reading and um, bye!