Day: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? For Example, Hemingway’s house.
Aella: I’ve been to Concord, Massachusetts, home of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Alcott house is worth going to see! My dream literary pilgrimage is to England to do a Jane Austen tour, as well as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in Oxford.
Day: If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
Aella: I feel fortunate to have already lived on four continents, and I often “write what I know.” But I’d love to live in Scotland and perhaps use the Isle of Skye for the setting for a novel.
Day: Picture this: You feel uninspired while you have sat at the computer for an hour without conquering any words. How do you get your creativity flowing?
Aella: I’d take my dog for a walk. Getting out in nature is a necessity for me.
Day: Are you a plotter or a Pantser?
Aella: Both when necessary, but primarily a Pantser.
Day: What is your most unusual writing quirk?
Aella: Writing while pedaling on my desk bike. Not sure if that’s a quirk, but it’s unusual.
Day: What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
Aella: Honestly, my mood changes from week to week. Romance is a favorite, but I also love fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and historical fiction. And all of those with at least a romance sub-plot.
Day: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Aella: Both. I always like to bring “something new to the table,” but I also understand the value of writing to market and the popularity of tropes.
Day: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Aella: Write, even when you think you don’t have time. Make time. You have so many stories to be told, and sometimes the window to tell those stories closes and won’t reopen. Tell them now.
Day: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Aella: ProWritingAid (editing software) and Vellum (formatting software)
Day: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Aella: A dog, maybe? Niko (my dearly departed German shepherd) and Travis Barker (my current senior rescue) have been the best writing buds anyone could ask for, so they deserve mascot status.
Day: How many published and finished books/Vellas do you have?
Aella: 4 published books (a trilogy & a novella), and 1 finished Vella (3 incomplete)
Day: What does literary success look like to you?
Aella: New York Times best-seller list. Seeing my books in a brick-and-mortar bookstore. I’m not there (yet).
Day: What’s the best way to market your books?
Aella: Social Media, newsletter promos, and paid advertising
Day: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Aella: I generally research as I go. Often it’s setting or job particulars.
Day: How many hours a day do you write?
Aella: Not nearly enough. I have a full-time job, so 1-2 hours maximum.
Day: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Aella: No, but great idea!
Day: What was your most harrowing scene to write?
Aella: The novella I wrote called “Midnight Mayhem” takes place during a terrorist attack in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Because that’s very much the reality we live in and could happen anywhere at any time, it was difficult to write.
Day: What is your favorite time to write, and why?
Aella: I write best first thing in the morning, with a good cup of coffee (and preferably a
Day: Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists, or C) Epic settings Strong, interesting characters
Aella: Strong, interesting characters.
Day: Can you give a shout-out to a fellow author?
Aella: Yes, my writing sprint partner is Rhonda Hopkins, who has a fantastic YA paranormal cozy mystery series called the “Witches of Whispering Pines.” She and I will be co-writing a YA series, “The Gemini Prophecy” next year!
Aella’s Top 3 Vellas are:
High school senior Maverick Mason has what every guy his age wants: the girl, the grades, the god-like status. Amira Abbasi is the same age and lives in the same town, but her reality couldn’t be more different. In fact, no one outside her household knows she exists. A chance encounter may change that–will it make a difference if her fate has already been sealed?
Christmas Cruise on the Danube (Under a pen name-Selah Beckham)
Single and orphaned at thirty, Evie Broussard is afraid the holidays will never be the same. And they won’t–but that doesn’t mean she can’t start new traditions. A last-minute trip to see Christmas markets in Europe might be just what she needs. Only Evie finds things aren’t quite what she expected. Then again, nothing could have prepared her for Keller Kendrix and his crew.
Point Break (Under a pen name-Selah Beckham)
Kaden James is one surf competition from going pro when disaster strikes. Then his fiance throws salt in the open wound. With a battered body and broken heart, he may have given up, but his friends haven’t given up on him. Dakota Eriksen is just what the doctor ordered–quite literally. She has a strict hands-off policy with her PT patients, except when hands are required to do her job. Since Kaden wants nothing to do with her–or her hands–it should be easy to steer clear. Or is it?
Aella’s Top 3 Books are: (all available free with Kindle Unlimited):
My superpower? I can’t die. You can imagine how much it hurts when they test that out…
Phoebe Atkinson has always felt different, but in the typical angsty way most teenagers do. She had no idea just how different until that fateful day she died—and then came back to life.
It appears that sort of thing is frowned upon because Phoebe awakens to find herself locked up in Leavenworth, a notorious prison that now holds teens with supernatural abilities.
Behind bars, some are welcoming and others are… not. One group in particular seems determined to make the lives of Phoebe and her new friends as miserable as possible.
Although Phoebe’s life before being imprisoned was far from perfect, she wants it back. And she will… if they don’t find a way to kill her first.
Regardless, she’s no longer going to stand by and be the rule-follower she’s always been.
Look where that got her.
Out of the frying pan into the fire…
Everyone has their breaking point…