MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR AVA DANIELLE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Ava Danielle and I write romance with a bit of smut. That’s the best I can explain it.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have written fourteen books; almost finished with a new series I’m starting. Each of my stories are completely different, it’s hard to pin point what their stories are. We have heartbreak, sadness, death, weddings, babies, graduations, you name it, and it’s in there. But one particular series, the Polaroid Series, is one written close to my heart show casing a bit of my teen years and the big questions of what if. What if you had chosen the one you thought was going to be your forever instead of leaving him behind?
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve been reading my entire life about romance and love stories. I’m a hopeless romantic myself. It was easy to put into words how I am feeling. This might sound crazy, but the characters often speak to me and stories just go about.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Pinterest is life. Often one image is all it takes for me to see a story develop. Often I search up occupations or landscapes to get a feel where the story is located.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Currently I have the Belong Series, the Polaroid Series, and the Forgiveness Duo. The belong Series is about a family that had separated and the couple moved on with their lives separate from each other trying to balance home life with children and the other spouse.
The Polaroid Series about one girl that loses her fiancé and has to find a way to move on in life carrying his child while falling in love with the person she let go back in high school.
The Forgiveness Duo is about a girl that has to decide to stay with either the boy that never told her he loved her back when it should’ve mattered or the guy that played her with multiple lies tearing her whole heart to pieces.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My favorite book from the Polaroid Series would be Forever Mine, the first of the series, which brings us back to a simpler time.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Different places Sometimes talking to friends a story will aspire, or listening to a particular song will trigger a story, or current events inspire me.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Actually, it never does until I’m mid way through and fall in love with all the characters and feel they each deserve a part of the story they are contributing to.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I should. But I’m a mom of four teenagers, trying to run a household, and work another job that I have to write whenever the time allows.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
You heard it here first. The book I’m currently working on is Heart Spin (The Broken Hearts Series)
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
It depends on the story and the character itself. I stick with traditional names usually. There is one name I’m holding out on using, my favorite name, for a special character that I have yet to write.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
There is, it’s actually thriller and suspense with maybe a little horror, but it will probably take me years to find the courage to write something like that.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Distractions. Distracted by facebook, distracted by friends, distracted by my animals LOL
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I create my own trailers and love them. They can tell the story and give little to none away, but tease if they’re done just right.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Honestly, I think self-publishing a book in the first place is a pretty big accomplishment. It has always been a dream of mine to write something that might inspire someone, or mean something, or allow someone to connect to a character.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Allowing the stories that you envision come to life on paper.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
That is tough question. All my children will be grown and living their own lives, with the exception of my special needs child, so most likely I’ll be living somewhere cool (not a fan of the summers in the south) and have published many many more books. There is one dream though – to have one of my books come to life on the big screen.
Have you always liked to write?
Since I was a teenager, yes. I wasn’t very good at it coming from a bilingual family, but I was fascinated when learning English – which by the way is much easier than german.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write what you feel when you feel it. Don’t stop to think if it’s any good. Make statements, someone out there will get it and understand it. Don’t ever hold back. One word written could mean more to anyone than you could ever imagine. It’s all worth it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Photography. There’s just something about looking through the lens and seeing something completely different. Or maybe a food critic – I love to eat!
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them, but I don’t get upset or offended by negative one’s, I find them to be an eye opener instead on things that could possibly change.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing. Marketing. Editing.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a series about a girl that has her heart broken because she fell in love with the wrong guy – also, she loves vinyl’
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
You may never read these words and you may never know what and how I was feeling, but giving you away has been the hardest for me to go forward with. I’ve been trying every day. I just graduated high school. I’m officially an adult and the promise to get you back has vanished. I can’t seem to find you. I looked where you lived, but everything is empty and replaced by another family. I asked the authorities, but they had no idea where you had gone. I miss you even more now than I did yesterday. All I wanted was to get you back, I was told I would be able to hold you, but it’s been two years now and I still haven’t been able to hold you.
Where did your love of books come from?
My aunt was an avid reader and when I spent time with her as a kid I would admire her bookshelves and find her reading every evening.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Danielle Steel is my all time favorite author. But currently, I devour Corinne Michaels, Sylvia Day, and Sandi Lynn
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I would have to say Melody from Perfect Melody – she’s creative, strong, courage’s, loving, and extremely caring and empowering. She doesn’t ever give up and powers through all the pain she feels.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It gives me solace. It allows me to escape and let my imagination run wild
What is your writing Kryptonite?
M&Ms – hahaha
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I’m feeling and seeing and dreaming about. I don’t write to please anyone or follow a crowd. Some stories have to be told to entertain and some are there because it’s their time.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My write or die forever will be Nicole Strycharz, author of the Relationship Quo Series.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Traveling Army Life
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️