Interview with Aya Ocean

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is a way to explore totally different ways of life. I love writing about monster guys and girls, and trying to fit them into modern society. How would they live? Would they hide, or would they show their stripes with pride? What are their relationships like? How do people treat them? It's so much fun, I can't write enough of it!
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm still pretty early into this business, but what fans I do have, I adore! Thank you so much for following my work, I hope you enjoy what I write and I hope to keep writing for you for a long time! Oh, but please, please let me know if there's stuff I can improve on! I really value your contributions and input!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a longer romance novel. It's got some spicy parts, but mostly it's a sweeter romance about a girl that goes on a trip to Japan. I've been to Japan a couple times myself, so I'm channeling all of my experiences into the book! Also expect more shorts of various girls and guys in different situations!
How do you approach cover design?
When it comes to cover design, I think it's pretty obvious. Put some eye-catching hottie on the front and hope for the best. Thankfully, I've got a lovely cover designer that works with me, Karen Cobalt, and she's been a fantastic help!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in my early teens, back in 2000 and 2001. My parents gave me this really old laptop, the kind that only ran a word processor, and you had to have floppy disks to save your files! I'd write little self-gratification stories and save them on all these multi-colored floppy disks, label them, and save them in a box. My longest story was nearly two hundred pages in Word, which today would probably translate to a meandering 300-400 pages on an e-reader, but it was just the fantasy arc of a horny teenager!
What is your writing process?
It depends on the scope of the book. With my shorts, I write as the words come to me (which is a nice way of saying I write from the seat of my pants). I generally focus on a situation, a problem, and write the characters as they solve that problem, one way or another.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I tend to watch shows and play some video games. I'm a gamer! In fact, I'm looking forward to the next Pokemon game to come out! I've been a fan since the old brick game boys. #TeamMystic!
Describe your desk
I have my laptop, and another monitor hooked up to that that sits above it. I've got a few nerdy items scattered about, my phone next to me, a comfy chair, and a couple of book shelves filled with art books, comics, and fantasy stories. I tend to have little pockets of resistance, messes that get organized every once in a while, but generally everything's nice and clean.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, money. My day job is fine, but pouring myself into writing AND getting paid for it? When a friend suggested it, I was floored. How had I not thought of it before? Now I'm in my late 20's and I feel like I'm playing catch-up for missed time spent not writing! It's a great experience though, and my honest hope is that people enjoy my writing and will come back for the next short or novel.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the place. I was a Navy brat, so we moved around every two years or so. I spent most of my time between California and Florida, but traveled a lot to other countries. I even lived in Spain for a time, and that gave me great exposure to the rest of Europe. I love pouring the places I've seen into my writing, describing the scenes and lifestyles as best I can!
Published 2016-09-15.
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