Roark McMaster – Aaron’s Star

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Aaron’s Star

Written by Daddy, For Mummy – a new book for parents that have experienced the loss of a child during term, neo-natal care, or early life –

‘Daddy’ (me) wrote a story titled ‘Aaron’s Star’ for Aaron’s Mummy in an attempt to make sense of what happened, and explain that Aaron’s life force lives on.

‘Aaron’s Star’ takes the parent on a journey where Aaron shares a poignant message in his song of life that he asks his Mummy to sing in her own life .

The book is written and presented in the format of an illustrated children’s story, yet for parents that have experienced loss. The book is written by: Daddy, for Mummy. It could be written by any Daddy for any Mummy that has been through this type of trauma.

The book also has space for a parent to add their child’s name and commit the book to his or her memory.

The objective behind sharing the story through publication is that other parents that struggle with their loss, may find a glimmer of hope or understanding from the song of life that Aaron shares with his Mummy in ‘Aaron’s Star’.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m from the US but have lived in England for 19 years. I’ve served in the military; with large corporations; and for the past 6-10 years have been an entrepreneur. I evolved into publishing, and also publish the Murphy the Gnome and Yazzy Bear stories. And have 24 other books to publish over the next 24 months. I have 7 children, and Aaron is a little one we lost. Every child is special, and Aaron remains very special to our family.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was trying to make some sense of losing a child, and was trying to bring comfort to my wife. It is tough for any parent or family to deal with.

How did you choose the title?

It is love that holds the entire universe together in my opinion. Placing Aaron on his own star in our universe was significant, and holding it in place with love between dimensions was equally important.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I’m already publishing other authors work- so what better way to share the story than under our own steam.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve always enjoyed the power of the written word, the opportunity to create, and the opportunity to influence situations or others.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Coffee, Keyboard, Quiet, and sometimes mind-mapping.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned that one person with a strong purposeful message can touch lots of lives in a very positive way.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Different no. Quicker yes.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

Ayn Rand.
Denis Waitley PhD.
Og Mandino
Old spiritual classics.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes I am. ‘Stars that Travel Far’. I wrote it last year and need to copy edit it further. It is about learning from life and learning from failure, and developing an understanding that perhaps our universe is a pretty big place with lots of potentialities. I was inspired to write this by my intuition. 4 private reviews from some hard nuts, tell me to press on- as I imagine it needs to be shared.

We also have the ‘Mini Bears’ 4 books coming out in October, and 5 more ‘Murphy the Gnome and Yazzy Bear’ books early next year coming out.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Dare to be different. Take a chance. Follow your intuition.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Aaron’s Star- is for parents and families that have experienced the loss of a child in early life.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Available online at Amazon and B&N. More about me at http://www.roarkmcmaster.com.