Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles to American parents of Asian, European, and Latin ethnicity (mostly...there's a lot of other stuff in there too). I was a multicultural child in a multicultural city. At my house it wasn't strange to have a dinner with chow mein and tacos at the same meal. This early exposure to different foods and cultures GREATLY influences my writing.
My series, BECKONED, is best described as a steamy, second-chance romance inspired by food, travel, and Jane Austen.
I love experiencing new sites, smells, and flavors. People tell me that BECKONED--which features London, Bath, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Honolulu--makes them feel like they are traveling and tasting everything I write about. I LOVE that. My "cast" of characters is also extremely diverse, because that's the world I know. There is something for everyone in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing my whole life, but it was always "just for me." BECKONED is the first thing that I've written with the intent to publish and I started it in May 2017. It began as a fictional journaling experiement, and I found it to be a very cathartic experience, but then it took on a life of its own.
What's the story behind your latest book?
BECKONED centers on a feisty, multicultural Californian named Angela Holguín and fellow MBA student Soren Lund, who is from Denmark. They first met at school in the exciting seaside city of Barcelona, but their timing is off. However, they reconnect in London a year later and sparks fly, but of course, there are complications. :^)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was OBSESSED with BECKONED and I wanted to hear what people thought about it. If I went traditional, it would have added 18-36 months to the process at minimum.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've been reading on Smashwords for years now, and the freedom it gives Indie authors is amazing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I believe every human who creates something wants other humans to "get it."
BECKONED crosses a lot of genres. Some might says its erotic, others that its literary. I feel like BECKONED is literature for the age we live in. Readers will be exposed to new ideas and new places. They will be turned on, they will think. It's a full body experience: from your brain to your clitoris!!! And of course, I want people to appreciate it for that.
What are you working on next?
No idea. BECKONED is still consuming me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen Edith Wharton Orson Scott Card Courtney Milan LD Cedergreen Liane Moriarty David Brin
I read A LOT. Visit my GOODREADS account or check out https://avivavaughn.wordpress.com/about/ for more names
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Experiencing all that life has to offer
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking, Eating, Hanging with my family
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Many different ways
What is your writing process?
VOMIT, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, give to editor, edit, edit, publish, (edit...if necessary.) I will ALWAYS e-publish before I print publish. I still haven't set up BECKONED for print because I may want to massage it a little more, maybe even change the cover.
I can write a first draft in 30 days, but I flesh out during all the edits.
I'm still slow at editing but I can feel that I'm improving with experience (of course).
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. I just love to read. The only genres I don't read are fantasy (a la LORD OF THE RINGS) and horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A small tablet
Describe your desk
It sits facing a window so I get lots of natural light and I have a view of my backyard.. There is barely a clear inch anywhere between papers, books, my dayplanner, and coffee mug. I have a high-powered light for writing at night. It's a very productive space.
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