Warren-native Slade Dupuy graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2011 with a degree in international studies and now works as a graduate assistant in Ross Pendergraft Library — which also holds one of his published works.
One summer he began writing a story to entertain himself during his free time. On April 6, 2012, that story was published under Dupuy’s pen name, Aaron Slade.
“Colorblind” is his first novel, and it’s also the first novel in a five-part series called the “Soul Light Chronicles.”
Dupuy said it took him four months to write the first draft of the novel. After writing the first draft, he did not pick it up again for another year. He said he wrote it in his free time to keep from being bored.
“Writing entertains me so much. I can’t even tell you how fun it is to tell myself a story,” Dupuy said.
Dupuy had never written fiction before this novel. He said that he started writing before he really knew how, and he still considers himself to be an amateur writer. He said he looks back on the novel with a little bit of shame.
“One of my biggest regrets is not waiting to publish it because I could have polished it up more,” Dupuy said.
However, “Colorblind” has received mostly positive praise.
“The biggest critique that I get from people is that it was slow to start, which was sort of my intention,” said Dupuy.
He said he has been recognized a few times but not often enough to inflate his ego.
“People in my situation say they’re lucky to sell 100 books, and I’ve sold well over a 100,” said Dupuy.
Dupuy’s advice is to always be reading something and to know when to stop writing for the day.
“There were days when I would write for eight hours, and literally everything I had written for the last three was complete crap.”
Dupuy said his best advice is to pursue writing if it’s a passion.
“Don’t wait around for someone to tell you you’re a writer,” Dupuy said. “If you’re writing, you’re a writer. If I had waited for someone to tell me I was a writer, I would still be waiting.”
The sequel to “Colorblind,” “Beacon,” is currently in the editing process. Dupuy said the novel will come out in early next year.
“Colorblind” can be found in the popular reading section in the Ross Pendergraft Library.
Visit www.aaronslade.com for more information about the Tech graduate and author.