Please help me welcome Author Aja Graves to my blog today. Welcome Aja!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey Queenie! First, thank you for featuring me! I appreciate you.
I’m Aja, and I write passionate fiction: sensual, sexy, intense. My stories allow readers to experience realistic, inspiring and soulful interactions and intense passion while overcoming life’s challenges. I’m inspired by soulful music and sensual art and can often be found posting these bits of inspiration on my social media accounts.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’d love to say I’m reading but sadly I cannot because when I read, I think about how I should be writing so I don’t read as much as I’d like. I’m usually hanging out with my husband and children or watching a great television series I can binge on.
Do you have a day job as well?
I’m a full-time writer and editor.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I first started to write when I was five or six years old, but I started to write for publishing at the end of 2013 and released Unexpected with my writing partner Roy Glenn, in 2014. I Am Yours, I also started in 2013 but it took longer for me to finish and was released in 2015.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
It’s kind of chose me. I love the feeling that love produces so my stories started to take on those qualities. I categorize my books usually under romance or women’s fiction depending on the tone but I am a passionate fiction writer. I write love and passion always.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas flow from living life, seeing people move around and interact, experiencing many things in my own life. There’s always something floating around in my head and before I know it, I have characters and a story to tell.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not usually a block but there are times I’m not in the mood to write a scene or chapter. I am definitely an emotional writer.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Both but lately I’ve been adopting an outline approach in order to be more productive. I’m trying it on for size to see if it fits!
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
So many influenced me: Judy Blume, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Beverly Jenkins, L.A. Banks … this list will never end.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
There weren’t any outside challenges since I immediately went to self-publishing, but the biggest challenge was internal. I had to get over my shyness. I wasn’t comfortable sharing my writing with the world. I think I’m over that now, though I still feel tinges of it from time to time.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I think I’d at least attempt traditional publishing but there is still time for that if I live and breathe.
How do you market your work?
I’m still learning the best way to market my work. I use whatever is available to me and doesn’t distract me too much from writing.
What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Social media platforms, running advertisements with popular platforms that connect with my demographic and engaging with my wonderful readers when I come out of my cave.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I’m still being tight lipped about the one I’m working on now but Love’s Required debuts January 18th (MY BIRTHDAY!!) and it’s a story of redemption and friendship. There’s some drama, some hot sex, and a deep and growing love between two damaged people. I hope you love it when you read it, Queenie.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Mostly imagination but this novel has themes that I’ve observed time and time again. Sometimes we break our own hearts with our decisions.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite part of Love’s Required is when Camille starts to laugh again. When she starts to feel worthy again and then when she starts to love again.
How did you come up with the title?
My grandmother would tell me that all of life’s problems could be handled with love. That it was a requirement. She was a wise woman and love was her greatest gift.
What project are you working on now?
It’s a secret but I will say that the characters will be very physical. *wink*
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I plan to release my next one by the middle of this year.
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Aja’s website: http://www.ajathewriter.com
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Aja/e/B00K30K138/
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