Author Interview – Peter Aronson – Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma
Tell me a bit about who you are.
I live in New York City with my better half, Emily, and two young girls. Composing books is my third vocation. I worked as a journalist for about 20 years, mostly covering legal matters like OJ Simpson’s trial, the Rodney King police beating case, and Bush v. Gore, which decided the U.S. presidential election in 2000.
I began practicing law in New York City, focusing on representing senior citizens with their legal issues, and at the end of 2018, I closed my law practice to write children’s books full-time.
When did you first WANT to write a book?
I believe the first time I had the urge to create a book was in 2015. When I observed my children, who were in middle school at the time, reading Harry Potter, I wondered whether it may be beneficial for them to read works that dealt with contemporary issues. I therefore started to consider it. Since I had been a journalist for a very long period, I was sure I could write a book.
When did you take a step to start writing?
So in 2015, after giving it some thought, I made the decision to pen a book about the biggest issue facing the planet: global warming. I made the decision to write a middle-grade book about young people battling climate change and attempting to act morally in the face of overwhelming obstacles. I made this choice PRIOR to Greta Thunberg being well-known. However, when I was conducting my research and starting to write the book, my fictional work collided with what was happening in reality. Teenagers combating global warming made headlines around the world. Even though my project, a fictional novel, was turning into reality, I made the decision to continue working on it.
How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?
It took me six years.
How long did it take you to complete your latest book from the first idea to release?
After starting and finishing two other, somewhat shorter middle-grade books, I returned to Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma, which I had started as my first book. As the first two books in my Groundbreaker Series, which features biographies of amazing people doing extraordinary things, I authored and published two biographies. The first book tells the story of Bronislaw Huberman, a well-known violinist who founded an orchestra in Palestine to protect Jewish artists from the Holocaust. The first congresswoman of America, Jeannette Rankin, is the subject of the second book.
Focusing on your latest release. What made you want to write Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma?
Global Warming is the most concerning issue mankind has at any point confronted and the world is adequately struggling to stop it. I chose to compose a book about youthful teenagers handling the issue, since I think youthful youngsters need to – and can – assume a main part in compelling change.
What were your biggest challenges with writing Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma?
I was composing a book about a continually moving point. Everything was evolving. The effect of a dangerous atmospheric devation was deteriorating – hotter temperatures, more outrageous climate and ceaselessly more desperate forecasts. Furthermore, the political entertainers in the U.S. were changing – from Obama, to Best to Biden. These progressions lead to various strategies, it was an exciting ride of vulnerability, capriciousness and, at last, for the most part inaction, or surely insufficient activity, brought about by impasses.
Who or what inspired you when creating your Protagonist?
In all honesty (as I said prior), I really considered Mandalay Bird of prey before the fantastic Greta Thunberg made youth environment activism headline news. I realize I needed to make a person – a little kid who might confront the people pulling the strings and attempt to make the right decision. My little girls generally move me – so I make fictitious people motivated by them.
Who or what inspired you when creating your Antagonist?
All things considered, in my book, the main bad guy is actually a composite of billions individuals – of legislators, business pioneers and grown-ups reluctant or unfit to make the vital move to impede environmental change.
What is the inciting incident in Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma?
There are actually a few, but if I had to pick one, it would be when Mandalay and her friends are on a stuck underground subway in New York City and the temperature is well over 100 degrees inside the train due to the intense heat outside and no AC, and an old doomsday professor starts ranting about the Big Heat. He exclaims that The Big Heat is now upon us, that it is 2030, that winter will feel like summer, and summer will feel like a blast furnace, and that it is going to grow terribly hot and really horrible, unlike anything before. It does, too.
What is the main conflict of Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma?
Might youngsters at any point defeat the extraordinary chances against them by vanquishing the outrageous intensity and grown-ups (and the people pulling the strings) and power the necessary change?
Did you plot Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants and write freely?
I wrote about 25 drafts.
Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did Mandalay Hawk’s Dilemma need?
A professional editor was recruited by me about the halfway point of the process. She and my wife, Emily, who maybe read ten draughts, both assisted me substantially. I ended up editing myself. I found that letting a draft sit for a while allows me to revisit the draft with a fresh perspective, a critical eye. I have no qualms about editing my own writing.
What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a story?
I’ll offer two pieces of guidance. Sit down and begin writing if you want to write a story. Everyone has a fascinating tale to share; all you have to do is sit down and put it on paper. The following piece of guidance. Accept the need to revise. Every writer must repeatedly revise their work. Accept it and get used to it. To your own detriment, dread it (and avoid doing it).
Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?
We have written a trilogy of football tales for middle-grade readers with football star Shep Messing (a former American Olympian). The stories are about 12-year-old Teresa Rodriguez, a soccer-obsessed young woman who is forced to confront the realities of life as they develop, including family responsibilities, racial prejudice, immigrant misery, and finally, the resilience and energy of the human spirit. The books are currently being edited, and we anticipate finding a publisher soon.
And, finally, are you proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?
It was definitely worth my six-year exertion. I’m excited that scores of libraries all over America are purchasing the book for their young perusers.
Pop all your book, website and social media links here so the readers can find you:
My author’s website: https://peteraronsonbooks.com