Author Interview: Ariel Paiement

Heya everyone, today I have a special treat. I will be featuring fantasy author Ariel Paiement in a special author interview. Check it out below to get to know more about this author and her upcoming release.


The Interview

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Ariel Paiement, a fantasy author who dabbles occasionally in sci-fi or historical fiction. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of the journey to get to where I am. Yes, even the moments when I was sitting there crying because a scene just wouldn’t work. I appreciated those moments more after they were over, of course.

What inspired your latest release?

It was inspired by a combination of world-building information from Pathway of the Moon–first in the companion series Annals of Alcardia–and a prompt from Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest. The prompt was called Myths of the Old World and had to do with the idea of truth being a lie and the lie becoming truth. The prompt really pulled together the idea with the other historical events I knew happened in Alcardia’s past. Those events tied into Pathway of the Moon, and so this story gave me a chance to “share the facts” while still pulling the reader into the world in a fun, immersive way. 

Tell us about your main character.

I have two. Kaidan and Zerua are a husband and wife Seeker team, and they work together on various historical sites around the world of Alcardia. They work for a historical and Seeker guild (their version of an archaeological society) known as the Society of the Learned or just the Society for short. The two of them get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they dug up a diary that belonged to Queen Bane of Ashkarith. Both of them are witty, though in different ways, and enjoy a good laugh. They don’t always agree on what constitutes a good laugh, but they definitely enjoy life. Zerua has a tendency to worry while Kaidan is usually the even-keeled one who calms her down. She’s also the fiestier of the two. But Kaidan is more impatient than she is. They balance each other out and work well together most of the time.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

You know, I don’t really know. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved stories. Whether reading, writing, or just daydreaming, I’ve always been one to immerse myself in other worlds and other lives, even when they were fictional. This just naturally spilled over into a desire to keep writing and to write stories that others like me could enjoy. I guess as time as gone on, I’ve stuck with it out of both enjoyment and a desire to share with children and young adults the same joy of reading that was imparted to me as a child. My hope is that my books will be something that even reticent readers will be able to enjoy.

What is your writing process like?

Very structured. I’m definitely a plotter. I like to use a combination of methods. Usually I start out with the Snowflake method from Randy Ingermanson and move on to using a mix of Rachel Aaron’s and Jordan Rosenfeld’s methods of planning for plotting out my scenes. I won’t start writing a chapter until I have all the scenes plotted out, and I rarely start a book unless I have everything from character charts to a synopsis done. The only thing that doesn’t have to be completely finished before I can start is that scene list.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

I talk to myself. Sometimes I can be loud about it too. My sister will be watching YouTube in the room, and I’ll just suddenly set the computer aside and start ranting about how annoyed I am at something a character did. She always laughs because it’s my book, so I did it to myself. But yeah… I definitely talk to myself a lot even if it’s incoherent mumbling. 

I’m also really particular about organization. I’m a plotter all the way, so everything needs to be in place for each scene before I start writing. Beyond that, I’m really particular about how my writing space is organized. Everything needs to be neat and uncluttered for me to work. If I’m sitting on my bed, it has to be made and straightened out regardless of whether I’m under the covers or not. Anywhere else, the surface has to be clean. I can’t think or focus on writing if it isn’t. It just makes me antsy.

What genre does your book fall into?

High fantasy in this case, though other books within the Alcardian universe could potentially be considered portal fantasy or alternate world fantasy since the universe is connected to ours and others. But for Bane of Ashkarith, it’s just high fantasy.

Why did you decide to write within that genre?

High fantasy and fantasy in general allows for a lot of freedom to create and build worlds. I really enjoy that. World-building, when done well, is one of my favorite parts about reading fantasy, and I love having the chance to bring what I’ve learned from reading well-written fantasy into my own work. Plus, fantasy is what I know the best. I’ve been reading it since I was seven or eight, and it’s remained my favorite genre to this day.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

Honestly, I don’t know. I guess my youngest sister does. She reads anything that’s at her age level that I write. I think she’s read some of the books she’s allowed to read multiple times, in fact. Knowing that she’s waiting for an update and enjoys reading my work, and knowing that it inspires her to keep reading and writing herself, definitely encourages me to keep going.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Well, my roots for fantasy definitely go back to Tolkien. He was my first major exposure to high fantasy, and the things I took away from reading his work will go with me through the rest of my writing career. But the most obvious influence is Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read a good chunk of his writing, and the Stormlight Archives in particular have heavily influenced me as a writer. He’s inspired me to reach for more with my world-building and my characterization by showing that it’s entirely possible to have both. I’ve striven to have that balance in Bane of Ashkarith wherever possible, and it’s shown in other works of mine as well. Obviously, I’m nowhere near Sanderson’s level of expertise on this, but just seeing that it could be done inspired me to write Bane of Ashkarith the way I did.


About the Author

Ariel Paiement is a fantasy author who writes the occasional historical fiction or science fiction novel. She enjoys all ranges of books and writing when it comes to reading, though fantasy and science fiction are her favorites. She likes to spend time coming up with new ideas or in wild flights of imagination. If asked what she spends most of her time doing, she’d tell you that she spends most of it reading or writing one thing or another. She is the author of On the Narrow Way in the anthology Above and Beneath: The World of Angels and Demons and has also written and published In Darkness Lost, a stand-alone fantasy adventure novel. Her novel, Bane of Ashkarith, is coming out on July 31st and is the first in the Legends of Alcardia series.

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Upcoming Release

bane-of-ashkarithKaidan Tadegan is working on a new site trying to prove the myth that two armies of the gods clashed there. While on the dig site, he discovers the evidence he’s looking for, but he gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a woman’s bones in a section of the dig site where no other remains have been found.
As he digs the bones out, he discovers a journal with the woman’s body, which tells a story that, if true, will turn the myths of the old world and the established concepts of good and evil on their heads. Startled by the find, Kaidan sets out to discover whether the diary’s claims have any validity.
But when the diary leads to a city that’s supposedly long gone, Kaidan’s journey becomes more difficult than expected. Things become even more tangled when he discovers that the city isn’t gone, but it’s no place for the living.
Unable to give up on his quest, he forges ahead. What lies ahead is uncertain, and even more uncertain is whether Kaidan will survive this quest. He has only two questions in his mind. Will he find the truth in this city of the dead? And will the world accept the truth?

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Stephanie Ayers

It’s another Friday here on my blog and as always I have a special author spotlight for your enjoyment. This one is a bit different, since it will be part of Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayers’ blog tour for her new release, The 13: Tales of Macabre. Today I will be featuring Stephanie in an in-depth interview and including some awesome images to give you an inside look into this collection of horror stories along with her WIP Elven Games. Let’s have some fun and get this party started. 🙂

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Above you can see the line-up for this blog tour. In a bit I will get to the interview, but thought I would share a few spooky excerpts from The 13: Tales of Macabre.

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THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I bleed ink. I know you’ve heard that before, but it’s true. If I’m not writing, I’m helping someone else who is writing. I love the author community, all of it, traditionally published or indie. I didn’t decide to become a writer until 2010 when I wrote the first word to my new blog, The Scoop on Poop. It was a humorous look at my daily living, which then belonged to 4 children, 2 of whom I inherited by marriage and were raised to hate me. Blogging introduced me to some writing circles, and that got me writing fiction regularly again. You see, when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, I discovered my love of writing (and my knack for it) with my first assignment based on a dancing peanut. I entertained ideas as a child about being the next Stephen King, but I also wanted to be an actress, a singer… anything that made me famous. My love of writing never quit though, and now I call myself a full time author. I also do content writing on the side to help pad the empty pockets us authors always seem to have.

What genres do you write?
While most of my published writing has taken a turn towards horror, I consider myself a speculative fiction author. I just made my debut into the world of fantasy with my short story titled Wings, a stand alone from the upcoming Destiny Defined series.

Where are you from? Does your area have a good writing community? Tell us about it.
I was born and raised in Virginia, outside of DC. The area I lived in had a growing writing community with some workshops and writing groups gathering at the local library branches, and the libraries offering author spotlights and book signings. The first local book fair happened two years ago. When I moved to Ohio this year, I noticed a huge difference. While I haven’t sought out writing groups, I have already joined in a local book fair with 3 more scheduled for this year. There’s a popular book store in Columbus that will sell my books and is known for regular author appearances. There seems to be much more for an author here in Ohio than there is in Virginia.

What do you do besides being a writer? Do you have a day job? Tell us a bit about this or hobbies you enjoy.
When I’m not writing, I’m promoting other authors, playing around in Photoshop, watching my son play football (go Titans!), or binge watching a beloved TV show. On the weekends, my husband and I can usually be found haunting flea markets and antique stores.

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
After two years of focusing on the author community and other authors, I have to find my mojo again. I haven’t set word count goals. I’ve set “must get this book ready” deadlines instead and then stress myself out meeting them. Apparently I work best under pressure. I always thought that silence was the best way for me to focus and write, especially as an almost deaf writer, but recently discovered that the right soundtrack makes for really good writing and big word counts too.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
Well… Elven Games began in 2012. It still needs an ending. I have only completed one novel during NaNoWriMo. Destiny United sits at 54k words and is in need of serious revision. On the other hand, because I spent a lot of time answering writing prompts, I have folders full of short stories. Putting together a story collection can be done in 2 weeks to 30 days. Not sure that really answers the question. I’m cursed by procrastination and easily distracted.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years? I don’t think that far ahead. Its a daily process for me, just getting to the next month with whatever plans I have going on. Right now, I have two live events in October, this book blog tour for the release of one book, while celebrating the first book birthday of another. November is nice and quiet, but December has high hopes for the release of Elven Games and another book fair. Next year, I already have 4 events lined up, and plans to publish at least 2 more books.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
Procrastination is my biggest obstacle, closely followed by marketing. The first one I don’t have a solution to yet, but the second one I’m working on. No time like the present to try marketing tips.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Who was it from?
The best advice I ever received was to set myself up with the beginning to the next scene before I walk away from the story. This makes it so much easier for me to begin the next day. I don’t remember who told me that, but it stuck with me.

What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
You have to grow lizard skin. No you don’t. Criticism can be given in a manner that is doesn’t have to sting so bad you need lizard skin to receive it. Everyone needs negative criticism to grow. It’s just all in the delivery.

What are you working on now? Do you have any upcoming releases we should watch for?
My newest release is October 26, the second collection of horror stories focused on the supernatural and paranormal. I’m working on Elven Games and having it released in December or January, and slowly inking away at that huge unfinished pile I have. I have started planning the 3rd collection for Halloween 2019 as well.

What are your current WIPs about?
They are fantasy. Tribba runs a B&B for her dwarven village. Her customers are going to the fancier elven castle next door instead. She challenges them to the Elven Games, in hopes to get rid of them once and for all.

Catching Dragons is the conclusion of Edgar’s story, the human who champions Tribba for her first two games. He must defeat the dragon queen Soren and save his kingdom.

The Destiny Defined trilogy follows River’s journey to collect five magical relics, connect them with their matching gemstones, then destroy them before Rtharo gains all his strength and takes them. It;s an epic fantasy series that happens in the world of Savania across several generations.

What do you have going on in the next 6 months? Can provide awesome author events, book releases, etc.
October 21 I’ll be doing an author meet and greet and signing at The Book Loft of German Village in Columbus.

In December, I have a local book fair where I’ll be signing books. I also hope to release Elven Games in late December or early January.

In late March, I’ll be in Lexington, KY for the Lexington Legendary Book Bash, and in April I’ll be at the Dayton Book Fair in Ohio. That’s all I have lined up for the next 6 months currently but that could change as I am always looking for new places to show my face.

Do you have any advice for other authors?
I do. I always like to share the whole start the next scene bit, but also, don’t be intimated by the blank page. It only takes one letter, one word to defeat it.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
Without my readers, my stories wouldn’t be alive. Thank you for breathing life into my stories and making them real.

This interview is done and we have so much more to enjoy with this feature. In a few you will get a special sneak peek into Stephanie’s WIP Elven Games. This sneak peek will be unedited since it hasn’t begun its editing journey just yet. But, here is another fun excerpt for you from Stephanie’s up coming release, The 13: Tales of Macabre.

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WIP SNEAK PEEK: ELVEN GAMES

“What are you doing?” Edgar asked.
“Strange things have been afoot, so I’m making you a protection elixir.” Tribba said, the words rolling off her tongue distractedly.
“You do all this yet you need me to champion you?” Edgar said. His voice held a twinge of accusation. Perhaps he had strange dreams, too.
“Yes. See this book?” Tribba picked it up and waved it in front of him. It was the same book they used to banish the werewolves.
Edgar nodded.
“If I didn’t have this book, I wouldn’t…no, I couldn’t…be doing this now. I am not a magical dwarf. Every spell I’ve tried to concoct from imagination has backfired drastically. Hence I married a greeter dwarf and became a greeter myself.”
Edgar’s eyes widened at Tribba’s revelation. Suddenly, it became clear how Tribba understood him so well. She, too, had felt an embarrassment to her people. He walked around the kitchen and gathered both of her hands in his. When she turned to him, he looked straight into her eyes.
“Until this moment, I haven’t understood why you chose me and why you had so much faith in me. Thank you for sharing that with me. I won’t dwell on the past anymore and will embrace this challenge with all of my being. If you can believe in me, so can I.” His chest puffed out as he finished. “I am your champion and I will win.”
Tribba smiled in response to Edgar’s words. She had waited weeks to hear confidence in his voice. The timing was perfect as the games were scheduled to begin in a fortnight. She thought back briefly over the boy who had wandered to her front door and considered the man he had become almost overnight. Whether he won or lost no longer mattered. She knew she had played an important role in the future, whatever that may be. She had strengthened a man she knew would matter someday. She had instilled self worth in someone who would save the world someday. If that was her legacy to this life, she would die a complete, happy woman.
“Take your tunic off and turn around, Edgar. You mustn’t see what I am doing.
Edgar did as instructed, turning his back to her. She dipped her hands into the cauldron and let the liquid within cover her hands. She waved them in the air, faster than the eye could see. When she stepped away, the liquid soaked through Edgar’s tunic and dripped onto his boots.
Edgar turned around, a look of curiosity and apprehension on his face. “What did you do, Tribba? I suddenly feel…” He chewed his lower lip as he searched for the words, “…infallible, undefeatable, and incredibly brave. I feel as if I could slay a dozen dragons with my bare hands!”
Tribba merely smiled in response. “It’s time for breakfast. Let’s eat,” she said, skirting around his question with ease.

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STEPHANIE AYERS

StephA published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Blogmutt. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2, Flash Fiction: 1x50x100, and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology, and the first volume in her serial short horror story collection released in October 2017. Her fantasy debuted with “Wings,” a free short story from the Destiny Defined series, which will begin late 2018, early 2019.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Lyndsey Rose Harper

Welcome back to my Friday Author Spotlight. Today, I’m sitting down with debut author, Lyndsey Rose Harper. Tomorrow her first book in her Evos Saga, “Clandestine” will hit Kindle Unlimited. Yes, you heard right her first book is hitting October 6, 2018. But that’s not all, she is also hosting a big release party over on Facebook. Being the awesome author she is, Lyndsey has a line-up of authors helping host her event.

LYNDSEYHARPER_2018_EVENTBANNERI’m one of those lucky authors, so come join us tomorrow to celebrate this new release! But, first lets get to know Lyndsey by asking her a few questions before we rush over to Facebook. 🙂


THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I have been writing ever since I can remember. As a child, my next-door neighbor was the recipient of my earliest works, a newsletter about rabbits. Every month, I would write and compile a new newsletter for her. When my mom realized what I was doing, she provided me with notebooks and pencils. From there, stories of fairies and cats were born. I eventually transitioned into very early forms of fan fiction (pre-Internet days) of my favorite shows, then “official” fan fiction (on the Internet — because the Internet makes everything official), then into original crime-related stories. Now, my works involve the supernatural and speculative themes.

I don’t honestly know if I ever “decided to become” a writer. It was an extension of who I was, and who I am now. It was natural for me. As a kid, if I didn’t write, I wasn’t quite sure how to entertain myself. I loved reading comprehension, and would complete workbooks for leisure. I think writing (and possibly the Thug Life) chose me, to be honest. There was a long period of time where I resisted the idea of doing it professionally, but my mother always knew I’d end up here. And I can still hear her telling me, “I told you so!”

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
I prefer to think of myself as a Spastic Writer. I’m not one who has a fancy app to keep track of words (wut r werdz). I suck at those cute little Instagram challenges that make you do something every day. And when I do write, I don’t really set goals. My days are usually wacky, my writing sessions unpredictable, and Netflix will always be my Achilles heel. TL;DR: Don’t model your writing life off of me. Or any part of your life, really.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
It honestly varies. I’ve written “books” in as short as a month’s time, and then some have taken over three years. “Clandestine” took approximately six months to produce the first draft, with over 60% of it written on my iPhone.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m honestly not the kind of person who can easily view myself a year into the future, let alone five. For my writing, I’d like to regularly sell books to people who enjoy them, and broaden my catalog into the double digits. It might be cool to know that someone wrote a fan fiction about my work (just no Fifty Shades stuff, please). Maybe attend a convention and sit on a panel with one of those little name plaque thingies. And hopefully I’ll have an updated computer by then.

Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?
My family is extremely supportive, and I can never be grateful enough. My husband is a real trooper, and my daughter gives me encouragement to keep writing through her own love of reading. This book is dedicated to my late mother, who knew I would become a writer well before I did, and she remains my inspiration for my work.

Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?
My writing journey has been far from spotless. I’ve had pieces I’ve written torn (literally) up in front of me. When you work as a writer, you have a choice to make–develop a thick skin, or fail to learn from opportunities that are out there. Critiques are important to me. I value people who take the time to professionally review my work, and offer me their insight. As a writer, if you aren’t open to being wrong, or to outside suggestion, you will never grow in your craft. Criticism isn’t easy, but absolutely necessary in a writer’s career.

Do you write in first or third person, past or present tense, and why?
I tend to write in the third person, past tense. I’ve been told my writing style is very masculine, as well as more “cinematic” in structure. I like to pop around to show people what’s happening, without giving too much away.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
Oh hell yeah. People I know, people I don’t … the random lady in the grocery store, my co-workers, my friend’s friend, and people on Instagram (and more) have all inspired me.

Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?
I like to write stories that are set in the present day with relatable experiences, but weaving in ideas of the fantastic or the unknown to make you second guess what you think is an ordinary part of life.

What was the biggest obstacle you faced while writing your latest book?
I only touched on it a little in this first book, but the series as a whole challenges me to write concepts that are so deeply ingrained into our culture into a completely fresh light. How I’ve chosen to portray things may make some people upset (traditionalists), which I struggled with at first. In the end, though, the story must be told.

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EXCERPT: “CLANDESTINE”

Cara skidded to a stop, training her Glock on him. “H.P.D.! Get on the ground!” She held firm as she panted hard, trying to catch her breath as the man turned to her. Physically, he fit the description she received from Oleander’s neighbor. Tall, built, muscular. He had a thick head of shaggy chocolate hair that rustled in the whipping wind. His angular jaw was covered in dark stubble that crept up his cheeks. Still, she was unprepared for his blue eyes; they focused on hers with extraordinary vehemence. Even with the distance, ferocity radiated off of every part of his body, a fiery aura surrounding him.

Gritting her molars together, she stepped closer, her gun pointed at him. “Hands behind your head. On the ground.” She waited as he slowly complied, his eyes still trained on her until he laid on this stomach on the roof. The cold air whipped over Cara’s face as she watched him, her gloved hands tight on her weapon. “Lace your fingers,” she ordered, watching as he did what was asked.

“Try anything, and I’ll shoot.” She moved over him quickly, slapping her cuffs on him, one wrist at a time. He remained statuesque, his breath deep and even as she pulled him up to stand.

His eyes.

Up close, his stare was even more unsettling. It nearly felt like a personal violation, as if his gaze could excavate her very mind. He had no definitive smell, and despite how his body felt unnaturally warm, she suppressed a shiver from coming into contact with it. Her stomach sank as she studied him, sickened by a strange, unshakable feeling:

They were the eyes of someone she once knew.

Someone she once loved.

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LYNDSEY ROSE HARPER

41317807_311633819611883_8098349677730070528_nLyndsey is a brilliant author you’ve never heard of, Superwife, and award-winning mother living life in jeggings in the expensive and overcrowded state of New Jersey. She is fluent in Spanglish and Sarcasm and enjoys watching Supernatural, Arrow, Psych, and The X-Files repeatedly.

You can find her either in the grocery store buying laundry detergent, Tylenol, and cat litter, hovering near her Keurig coffee brewer, or shaking her fist at the heavens in front of her computer. Occasionally, you may spot her on the beach or out shopping (when she actually has money to spare). However, you should avoid approaching her at such times as she is likely enjoying a rare moment of relaxation and can become moody if interrupted. If you decide to engage her during any one of these activities, approach with caution and a sizable cup of Starbucks in hand to avoid any ill effects.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Aurora Jean Alexander

Welcome to my Friday Author Spotlight. Today, I will be sitting down with good friend, Author Aurora Jean Alexander. She is an up and coming Paranormal Romance/Fantasy author that will soon release her first book. Please, help me welcome her and I hope you all enjoy.


THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. While other kids were drawing and playing with puzzles and dolls I was creating my little stories, dreaming about them and finally writing them down.

Where are you from? Does your area have a good writing community? Tell us a little bit about it.
Nashville does have a good writing community. It holds book fairs and writer’s conferences.

What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
I love going for long walks, I have three wonderful cats and I’m a Martial Art expert.

What inspires you to write?
I’d like to say: almost anything. I think of stories when I’m going for a walk. I listen to conversations when sitting in a café, restaurant or bookstore. But mostly I’m inspired in the backyard of an amazing home in California with the blue pool and the peace and silence. At these moments my characters come to life and the story continues.

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
I write as often as I can. Occasionally I’m using meeting breaks to write, or lunch breaks. Then there are other days I’m simply too tired and need some time off.

When did you first consider yourself an author?
When I realized I’m getting closer to being published. I worked with my editor on finishing that book and was looking for a cover designer. I already had my copyright lawyer and I understood: I’m getting there! I’m an author!

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Who was it from?
As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. ‘To be or not to be?’ asks Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The longest word is three letters long. — Kurt Vonnegut

What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write it down. It doesn’t have to be a good story, as long as it’s written. “What”? I was asking myself if it’s not sufficient we authors are ‘suffering’ from self-doubt. Yes, make it easier for us and tell us it doesn’t have to be a good book!?

What book or series do you enjoy reading over and over again?
James Clavell’s Shogun, which is one of the best books on Earth and Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game. For some reason this book fascinates me, even though he wrote better books than this one.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?
Shogun by James Clavell, The Ninja by Eric van Lustbader, Cheaper by the Dozen and Bells on their toes by Frank B. Gilbreth jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth-Carey, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Phantom by Susan Kay. And I hope I wouldn’t have to stay on that island longer than 7 days, I’d run out of books!

Do you write in first or third person, past or present tense, and why?
I prefer writing in the first person. It makes it easier for me to get to know my main character. But I did decide to write at least one book in the third person since there were too many feelings, senses and thoughts rather than speech which made it easier to draw the main character.

What is your writing process? Do you have any weird quirks to share?
I’m writing the very first draft by hand. During typing it into the computer I have the chance to catch the one or other flaws already. Then I work through the book again before starting my personal editing. Then I send the book to the editor.

How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you find it difficult? Do you have a process?
I had a few good ideas for the series. But since I’m working on book 7 now I’m slowly running out of titles. I need to brainstorm. Occasionally I ask friends to help me.

What are you working on now? Do you have any upcoming releases we should watch for?
I’m working on a Paranormal Romance series. And, if everything works out as planned I’d love to publish before Christmas.

Well folks, that’s it for this interview. Hope you all enjoyed learning about Aurora, she is defiantly an author to keep an eye out for. Once we find out the release of her first book I will make sure to have her back. Till then check out Aurora’s social media and sign-up for her mailing list to follow along with her on her writing journey. Till next time, happy writing! 🙂 


AURORA JEAN ALEXANDER

AJ-pic_smallI’m a break out romance author working on my first Paranormal Romance. I have written short stories and poetry in the past and now am looking to try my hand at a full-length novel. My rare free time I’m spending in extreme reading, excessive pool swimming and playing monster-monopoly. My strongest support system are my sister, most of my family, my friends and my three cats.

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