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Interview: Aaron L, Author of Light Under the House

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Aaron L is a newcomer to Christian fiction, but he is not new to anything related to art and all things creative. Having spent a lot of his youth drawing, he grew up in many diverse cities, from Seattle to South Africa.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in graphic design, but he chose to focus his creative skills on the task of storytelling. With Light Under the House he has chosen to display his creativity in this new and promising arena.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Showing my scars. Light Under the House deals with a lot of personal issues. Even those these are dealt with through the characters it was sometimes challenging to put them to paper. Other that, just the technical process of making the book is extremely difficult. From the cover to misspelled words, it’s hard to get everything just right.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I began creating it shortly after I dropped out of college around six years ago. I finished it this past year. Finally went back to school and got that degree, too.

How did you come up with the title?

The title is an allusion to one of the parables found in the gospels, the lamp under the bushel. Light Under the House focuses on a physical lamp hidden beneath a house. The gospel parable is about light and goodness being revealed not concealed. This is what Light Under the House is all about.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

When I began my journey into creating my novel, Light Under the House, I only had a germ of a plot and not much else. As I said, I was a college drop out at the time and didn’t have much going for me. I had also sown a lot of seeds into endeavors that turned out to be useless. I had a mountain of wasted opportunity and regrets piled up. I wasn’t trained expert in any field. What did I know? Then again, I did know a few things… I knew about rejection. I knew about the loss of friendship. I knew about living with frustration, anger, and fear. I knew those things. I knew I had a story to tell.

So I asked myself, what does it look like to overcome the wounds I’ve been dealt? What does it look like to fail and come back again? What does faith in action look like? As I started to ask myself these questions, the novel grew, and so did I.

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