Interview with Anthony Avina

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them, my books wouldn't be possible. My main goal with my writing is to entertain my audience, and so my books are a creation of both myself and the reader's interest in said books. My fans are like a family or close-knit community to me. We all share an interest in the stories being told and share a passion for exploring the themes of
hope and love in the face of great evil and darkness. We strive to create a community that accepts everyone and anyone, and we believe in equality for all. In the face of oppression, hatred and violence, we stand together, and with one voice we say that love conquers all, and I hope that my stories reflect that, and in turn my fans as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author of all time is Stephen King. He has been the biggest inspiration on me and my style of writing. I love the worlds he creates in his stories, and how so many of them are connected to one another. I also love Dean Koontz, Cassandra Claire and John Green. I read a lot so there are too many others to name in just this question, but those are some of my favorites.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I do a lot. I work, or when I'm done working I make videos on my YouTube channel, (Avina Vlogs), or I hang out with my family and my pets. I also like to read, write on my blog, play video games on my Xbox One, listen to music on Spotify or more recently on my record player, and then at night I enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu. Never a dull moment in my life. I definitely want to start traveling more this year.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a blog where authors contact me and send me their ebooks to review. I also have a book publicity group that sends me books to review, and I also get books on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In the tenth grade, I wrote a short story in my creative writing class about an author who made a deal with the devil (sort of) and gained fame and fortune, but in return he accidentally created the apocalypse. I ended up publishing that story years later on Amazon, and it's called Death for Sale.
What is your writing process?
I like to outline my story first. I'll open up a notepad and write out the title or possible titles, write a basic plot and start coming up with characters, all of which end up adding further plot points and developments. I then outline each chapter, what I need to have happen, what I want to have happen, and what characters are involved. Then I begin writing the rough draft, and as I write I end up adding more to each chapter as the writing progresses. Once the rough draft is done, I begin editing the second draft, looking for grammar errors or plot holes in the story. Then I search for beta readers, and send them the second draft to critique. Once I have all my feed back from my beta readers, I make the necessary changes, format the book to the specifications I need, and then complete the final draft. Then it's time to start the publishing and marketing progress.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading that had an impact on me as a writer was The Dark Tower Book One: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I remember being fascinated by this genre-defying book, which blended elements of the western, science fiction and horror into one amazing story that seemed to create a new sort of legend. It broke all the rules of writing and made me realize how much I wanted to become a writer. The first book I remember reading as a child has to be one of the Berenstein Bears books (don't get me started on the Berenstain Bears. It's always been Berenstein to me)!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Southern California. It is my home, and I love it so much. I grew up about an hour and a half away from L.A., and I have seen some beautiful scenery. From the incredible beaches to the larger than life cities, So Cal has become one of the biggest influences on my settings in my books. The setting always becomes its own sort of character in the book, exploring both the dark and light side of living in one of the most popular states in the country.

There's nothing quite like looking out across the Pacific Ocean and watching the orange and red sky of a beautiful sunset...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing is getting to entertain readers and explore the worlds that I have been creating in my own head for most of my life. I want to be a successful author and make this my full time job someday, but my biggest joy is getting to interact with readers and create these fantastic worlds, stories and characters. I love when I hear from readers who say they loved a book that I wrote. If readers aren't enjoying the books I wrote, then I'm not happy. Before a book can be successful, it has to be entertaining and has to deliver a unique experience for the reader. So my greatest joy in writing is just bringing happiness or entertainment or education to the reader.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works right now. I have come up with the basic outlines for two books in different series (currently on Amazon), Nightmare Wars Book 4 and The Legend of Electric Fusion Book 3! I have ideas for several short stories in a variety of genres, but mostly the horror genre. I have a couple of fanfiction stories I want to publish on Wattpad this year. Finally, I am working on the second novella that will be a sequel to my upcoming release here on Smashwords and Amazon, Nightmare Academy #2! Lots of stories to be told, so I'm hoping 2017 is a great year for books!
Published 2017-02-03.
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Books by This Author

Freshman Hunt: A Nightmare Academy Novella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,370. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
When an ancient supernatural legend comes to town on All Hallow’s Eve and the annual Freshman Hunt puts Francesca’s friend Faith in danger, the undercover teen vampire must decide whether to risk her mission to save her friend, while she struggles with her growing feelings for the handsome warlock Jasper. In a school full of danger, what is she willing to sacrifice? Love…or the mission?
I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,590. Language: American English. Published: October 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Evil walks among the citizens of Willow Springs in I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered. Hiding behind the face of a beautiful teenage girl, the small North Carolina town is about to be introduced to an all new form of horror. Does evil ever truly die? Find out in I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered.
Welcome To Nightmare Academy (Nightmare Academy #1)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,540. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Welcome to Nightmare Academy is a YA Prequel novella to Author Anthony Avina's hit adult series, "Nightmare Wars". This novella explores the world of Nightmare Wars before the war, where a vampire girl named Francesca must enter Nightmare Academy, and learn what secrets it holds, and what danger it poses. Filled with romance, action and horror, this is a thrilling YA adventure!