Oi! I see you in the back there, trying to work on the spreadsheet. Nope. Pen down!
Time to start your Monday the RIGHT way - with another Author Interview!
Today I have the pleasure of hosting Ariadne Breylard. Ariadne is an author with a passion for crafting fantasy romance novels that are both sweet and spicy. She resides in a beautiful mountainous region, where the natural surroundings provide endless inspiration for her writing.
With an infectious imagination and a love for all things fantastical, Ariadne weaves tales of epic love stories, enchanting worlds, and mythical creatures that leave readers spellbound.
Her captivating writing style has gained her a dedicated following of readers and won the hearts of fans worldwide, putting her books at the top of Amazon Best Seller Lists.
When she's not writing, Ariadne can be found tending to her garden, filled with an array of vibrant flowers and plants. She also enjoys spending time with her beloved animals and listening to the mystical sounds of fantasia folk music.
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Star Trek or Star Wars? I’m a ‘why-choose’ author, so I pick both.
Reboots – a great idea or a lack of creativity? There are libraries full of new ideas, let’s give those a try.
Coffee, tea, or cacao? Like Lorelai from the Gilmore Girls once said, “coffee coffee coffee”
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? Write the story you want to write and read. Aim to write every day; small steps make big progress. Find someone to bounce ideas off of—talking about plot points and characters with someone else sparks the imagination. It’s fun and gets you excited about the work.
Do you hear from your readers much? Yes! I hear from readers often and I love it. It always makes my day. What kinds of things do they say? Various things, all lovely and always ‘when is the next one out?’
Do you like to create books for adults? Yes, my books are adult books. The covers are cutesy, but the content is intended for mature audiences.
What do you think makes a good story? Likeable characters, an interesting plot, and the writing are all important—and all subjective. Everyone has an opinion, and what one person loves, another may dislike. Find what works for you as both the author and the reader.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? This is a pen name, so yes!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I definitely write what I want. My ideas don’t work any other way. I have to feel a connection to the story or characters.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? I think anyone can be a writer, but depending on what you're writing, emotions play a part. I believe there's a certain connection that needs to be made between the writer and the character/plot, and again between the story and the reader. If either doesn’t evoke something, the writing falls flat, and the reader doesn’t connect. However, if you’re writing a math book, I don’t think you need to aim for tears.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you building a body of work with connections between each book? For now, I’m building a world. My current series will have spin-offs. I don’t know how many, but with each book, another character perks up and asks me to consider their story. I will also write about other worlds; there are lots of ideas to explore!
Who shot first, Han or Greedo? All I know is these aren’t the droids I’m looking for.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Finish the series first, then publish.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Professional editing. I know it’s expensive and everyone has a journey, but it makes all the difference.
Are you traditionally or self-published? Or both? Do you feel there are advantages to one over the other? I’m an indie, and I love all my indies. There are amazing books to be read by indie authors, and I wish more people would leave behind the notion that they aren’t as good as trad and give them a chance. All of my favorite books are written by indie authors.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 3 right now. Two in my current series and one that is a fresh idea.
What do you have coming next? The third installment of my Knights Dream series will be out late spring. (No official date yet)