This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Aurora Jean Alexander, paranormal romance writer and owner of the blog the “Writer’s Treasure Chest”. Enjoy!
Q01 – Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m doing quite many things, by thinking about it. I work for a government-owned corporation as a part of the management team and travel a lot, as well nationally as also internationally.
Currently, I’m planning to move to a new home, together with my three beautiful active and demanding cats. In my rare free time, I love to play the piano, go skiing or horseback riding, amongst other sports, meet friends or go for walks.
I learned reading and writing at the age of four and realized quite early in my life that I love painting pictures with words. During my school time, I participated in poetry and short story contests which I won quite often.
Later on, I participated in writing and poetry workshops to learn the craft. ‘Creative and journalistic Writing;’ were some of my favorites during my University time. Part of my poetry I published on my blog ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest.’
I’m working on a series of paranormal romance novels and novellas. Writing fantasy books has always been my dream, and I’m looking forward to sharing my first published work with my audience. The need to write a novel had been nesting in my head for quite some time.
Q02 – What is your dream goal for your writing?
Where is the writer who doesn’t dream about success like J. K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer had it? Of course, I dream about my books to be successful. But first of all, I dream about getting them published. Then I’ll permit myself to dream about the next step.
I had quite some delays caused by different uncertainties and difficulties. It seemed for a while that whenever I made one step forward, I had to go two steps back.
That means to me: one step after the next.
Q03 – Are there any authors who inspire you?
There are several, to be precise. Amongst them are James Clavell, Eric van Lustbader, Marc Olden, and yes, J. K. Rowling is one of them as well. What fascinates me is the complexity of their characters and their development. I wish I one day will be as good as either one of them.
Q04 – What is the title (or working title) of your current manuscript and can you tell us a little bit about it?
The current working title is “White Cloud.” I will probably rename it, but currently, I don’t know yet. It is a paranormal romance novella or a novel. I’m not sure yet about its length.
One of the main characters will be Sky Alvarado, a woman with extraordinary abilities who is kidnapped and tortured and needs quite some time until she trusts someone again, even her rescuer.
At the moment I don’t want to say more than that. I don’t know yet what turns and complications will come up and even to me occasionally my own stories keep surprising me.
Q05 – How long have you been working on this manuscript?
I’m only working on the story for about two weeks and didn’t have time yet to work on it for hours at the time. It is the first draft right now. I write my first drafts by hand.
That permits me to write wherever and whenever I fell like, or there is an opportunity, even in a doctor’s waiting room.
Q06 – Do you have a writing schedule? If so, can you share it with us?
I don’t have an exact writing schedule, no. Since my first book still has to be published, I’m not in a particular hurry.
I’m writing whenever I have the time to do so. I’m working a full-time job and try to plan writing into my weekly schedule. There is one story that’s typed in and needs personal editing before I send it to my editor.
He’s working on another book of mine while I’m typing in one of the two drafts I have and I’m writing one right now. I have several things to do, and I try to work on my writing at least three to five times weekly. But sometimes it’s just not possible.
Q07 – Would you ever want to see a story of yours turned into a movie?
Of course. And after trying to figure out who would play which part I finally decided I would probably leave that part up to the casting agencies. But this would indeed be an amazing dream come true.
Q08 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
It’s the editing. I go several times through my book before sending it to my editor. But I never have the feeling I did a great job on the editing. For once, it’s a necessary torture, but in a way, it’s boring too. I always hope to catch more than I eventually do.
Except once, there I caught a mistake in the plot and needed to add a full chapter, which was interesting. The bad part about it was that this chapter had to be editing afterward.
Q09 – Has there ever been a time when you wanted to give up writing?
As simple as that: No.
Q10 – What is the single best piece of advice you could give to new writers?
If you feel the need to write, then write. If the story is in your head, it’s not on paper yet. Nobody can do that for you.
Write the story down – and then start to take care of the rest; the editing, the cover, the copyright, the publishing, the marketing and all the other little things. But first of all: write!
Q11 – Are people supportive of your writing ambitions?
There are many supportive people around me: my sister, my Californian Mom, my friends, other writers, my editor. I’m blessed with supporting people surrounding me.
Q12 – Tells us why you love writing
Writing is my passion. Writing is a way to focus my creativity on building a (hopefully) good story. Writing relaxes me, calms me, challenges me, and it makes me happy. It is a part of my life.
About Aurora Jean
I’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 is my sister, most of my family, my friends and my three cats.
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Big thanks to Aurora Jean for being this week’s guest poster and answer my questions. I hope you enjoyed learning more about her and please take the time to check out her links.
If you have any questions for Aurora Jean, drop them in the comments below. I’ll see you on Friday for another blog post.