MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR K. AYBARA⭐️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My pen name is K. Aybara, and my books would fall under erotica. Hell, I’ve even been known to hand out shammy bookmarks with them at signings. After all, a bookmark is the perfect size for a panty liner, and shammies hold five times their weight in water.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I never intended to write at all. I was chatting with a friend on Facebook one night, and she said to me, “I just read four hours of smut. I’m bored. Entertain me.” I wasn’t too sure on how to respond to that, so I took it as a challenge. I wasn’t sure what she had been reading, but if it was that boring then surely I could do better. Challenge accepted. I proceeded to write her a scene, and almost instantly she demanded more. I think it took her a couple minutes to catch her breath, or else it probably would have been instantly with the reaction she had.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so when my friend said she needed more than just the one scene I had written her, I decided turn it into a book.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Let me tell you, the research was horrible. Years of sex and porn. I don’t know how I survived it. All those hours of wild carnal pleasure. Alright, I’ll admit some of it was horrible, but we won’t talk about my ex’s.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Breathless Series starts off following Luke and Cailyn from their wedding. She is your normal innocent young woman, while Luke is more experienced in life overall. Their friends play a rather large part in the first two books as the third book starts to step away from them to feature one of the friends as well. Ultimately I would like to tell the story of all the characters as each person will relate with a different character, and their stories matter also.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
This is a hard question to answer. I love the first book, Breathless Night, despite some of the flaws that it may have. I kept expanding on that original scene that got me started, but eventually realized I needed some plot somewhere. So who wouldn’t love a multi-chapter sex scene that doesn’t stop? But then I also love Breathless Struggle. There are two main struggles in the third book, and one of them was very close to my heart. Telling that story was a way to help me cope with feelings that I had internalized for nearly a decade.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Before I was done with the first book, I knew what the third one was going to be. Problem was I didn’t know what I was going to do for the second one. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of a trilogy, so by the time I had finished the second book I had come to the conclusion that each character needed their five minutes in the spotlight.
What’s a typical working day like for you?
I work full-time, so I am up at 5am and don’t get home until early evening. I stare at a computer all day long, so honestly, there are times the last thing I want to do is sit inside, let alone to stare at another screen.
When and where do you write?
I have an office that I set up mostly so that I can write. Most of my writing is done in the evenings, or when the mood strikes. I have been known to take notes at lunch or work so that I don’t forget what I was thinking. Unfortunately I’ve been known to forget the ideas as well.
Do you set a daily writing goal?
When I sit down to write, I try to get at least 2,000 words down. The most I have been able to write was about 26,000 words in a weekend, but I had finally reached a part of the book that had been nagging at me and I knew exactly how everything was going to go. There is one scene that is a part of that weekend writing that is most likely one of my favorite scenes I have ever written.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
There are several projects that I have been working on in my head, and I have two that I have started on. Both are under my actual name instead of my pen name. I plan to keep everything Romance related under my name, while all other genres will be under my name.
How important are character names to you in your books?
I absolutely loathe character names. Almost as much as edits. I over analyze them!
Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Unfortunately, there usually is. I try to find something that doesn’t have some type of special meaning, but it doesn’t usually work too well for me.
Where do your ideas come from?
If you knew half of the voices that are screaming in my head on a daily basis, you would be scared to ask that question.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Edits and coming up with character names.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
When it comes to being an author, I think my best accomplishment was receiving a review that said she had to sit on a towel to read my book. That was when I decided to hand out shammy bookmarks.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Most definitely, the community. Be it the readers, bloggers, or other authors… Everyone is so friendly and helpful. We are all just a bunch of introverts in denial pretty much, so we get each other.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully somewhere with mountains.
Have you always liked to write?
Hell no! English was my least favorite subject.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Almost every story has been told. Don’t stress about finding something new, just tell your story the way you want to tell it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Writing or not, I would love to be a Park Ranger or something to that degree. To get paid to be outside, taking care of the beautiful world we live in, and far from any major city.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)?
Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad? I have read the reviews I have out there. I don’t generally respond to them though. As for the bad reviews… I try to see their side of it and use it as a learning experience for future stories.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
If I were to be honest, I think my favorite character hasn’t been completely created yet. Her name is Charlotte, and I know a few things about her, but I haven’t started on her story other than a small outline of notes. Something about her though tells me that her story will be powerful and connect with many people. Her story will be more of a Contemporary Romance than Erotica.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
That really depends on the day. Those days where I can pump out 2,000+ words an hour are exhilarating. But when you are stuck between two points, struggling to find the path to connect them, and after two hours you might have a couple hundred words with more Facebook posts than should be allowed… That can be exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Distractions. Noise, people talking, kids playing… anything that pulls my focus away. I can’t even have music playing while I am writing unless I already know where I am going with the scene.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I have done both. As the books progress I have tried to set some things up in case I want to go down certain paths. I’m not sure if the story will go there or not, but I want there to be some background if the characters tell me to go that way.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am fortunate enough to call several authors friends. Heather Marie Adkins, with her no sugar coating way of telling you to suck it up and finish your story. Terry Maggert’s camaraderie and friendship just make you feel good about yourself and writing. J Laslie always being the supportive one when needed, but understanding when I’m just not feeling it. Victoria Escobar bouncing ideas back and forth. There are so many because the community overall is very helpful.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
How not to live a perfect life, but still find happiness
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
How did you pick the $750 million dollar winning lottery numbers?
How would you answer that question? Once it happens, I’ll let you know. After the drawing of course.
Thank you so very much for taking time out to do this interview ❤️