Aaron Hanania is a high school student on his way to a college education. Born in Russian, Aaron picked up a pair of drumsticks at two years of age and today plays drums semi-professionally, recently winning 3rd place at a major high school talent show performing solo over a customized medley.
Aaron is also a writer and videographer. His writing career began with an interview with Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo in 2015 that he turned into both a video feature and his first major news story.
Aaron’s first published feature appeared in The Regional News newspaper group when he interviewed Michael Schofield, an offensive guard (# 79) with the Denver Broncos following their February 2016 Super Bowl 50 victory.
“The Schofield interview opened the door for my writing career giving me the opportunity to write my first professional newspaper story,” said Aaron, who also writes for the Sandburg High school newspaper, The Aquila.
In addition to drumming and interviewing for newspapers and his Youtube channel, Aaron also has performed standup comedy before an audience of more than 250 people in Deerfield, Illinois.
“The toughest part of stand-up comedy for me wasn’t just scripting the humor, but rather it was standing in front of 250 mostly strangers and not being nervous. It just seemed to come naturally. I enjoy speaking before large groups,” Aaron said.
Recently, Aaron took the next leap in his writing career when he completed his first novel in May 2018, a science fiction mystery called “The King’s Pawn.”
Aaron likes to jokingly explain to audiences that the book is not about playing chess.
Aaron explains, “The chess piece is just symbolism. The story is about two kids involved in a scientists experiment that goes wrong. Wait, let me have you read the book summary from the back page of the novel:”
In his new Science Fiction mystery novel, high school junior, blogger and first-time novelist Aaron Hanania takes us into a world in which the norms of human dignity and life are taken to the extreme. A scientist creates a revolutionary experiment, The King’s Pawn, in which the participants are unaware of the roles that they play in what is expected to be a literally perfect world. The scientist soon discovers her “methodically controlled society” creates unforeseen tensions and ominous uncertainty for the unknowing participants, but brings the scientist unimaginable profits, fame and power.
But what the scientist doesn’t expect is that the power of human curiosity can overcome any barrier, experimental boundaries or expectations. Two children in The King’s Pawn play a critical role after discovering that they have unrestricted control over the experiment’s outcome.
The future of this unusual experiment rests in their hands, creating thrilling and unexpected consequences.
Aaron is available for public appearances and presentations where he talks about music, writing, his novel, and the challenges facing young people.
Reach out to him today.
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