Interview with Aidee Ladnier

Describe your desk
My desk is awesome. It's located in my guest bedroom and is made of a beautiful dove gray stained wood. There are two drawers--one for pens and one for notepads. On the desk, there's a nice assortment of reference books on writing and a cute lamp on top of them. My stuffed plot bunny sits to the side and behind the desk on the wall is an illustrated poster of the heroic journey. Dead center is my laptop. I actually have two desk chairs (my back gets sore sometimes), an ergonomic chair I kneel on and a red balance ball. It's my favorite place in the house.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing around twelve years old. I wrote fiction, poetry, non-fiction, plays, anything I could dream up. I even had a writing mentor through high school who taught me about submitting and how to take rejections in stride. By the time I reached college, I had won several writing awards and was getting personal letters back from editors with encouragement. Unfortunately, college papers took priority over my fiction writing and I never quite made it back until a few years ago. I read a story and suddenly I got the itch again. It's been tons of fun coming back to my writing roots.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was predictably science fiction--a vast sweeping tale about a planetary prince rescuing the girl across multiple solar systems and from dangerous villains. I was twelve years old and not only wrote the story but also drew my own cover and colored it with crayons before I bound the pages (it was neatly printed on notebook paper with a construction paper front and back cover) with yarn. I think I might still have it.
What is your writing process?
I usually start with a scene or a character that pops into my mind (often at a moment where I'm scrambling to find something to write it down on). Then I think about it for awhile until I have a plot through line. I also start fleshing out my characters, figuring out how they need to grow from start to finish. Then I start writing and often a totally different story comes out! But it's usually a better story, so I'm pretty okay with that. ;)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm often reading. I've loved to read since before kindergarten. My parents taught me how to read and write by the time I was four and I read my first book all on my own (one of the Dr. Suess books!) about a month before I started school.

When I'm not reading, I like to knit, go to museums, quilt, make jewelry, watch awesome movies, and run to the app Zombies Run!
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading habits are fairly diverse and I tend to read several books at once. I place them in different spots around my house and wherever I sit down, I pick up where I left off. I think I'm reading a nonfiction book about poisons in the 1800s, a M/M contemporary romance, a book of ghost stories from Savannah, Georgia, an F/F paranormal, a book on screenwriting tips for fiction writers, and a M/F vampire romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My smartphone. I already have it with me and I don't have to worry about carrying an extra piece of equipment wherever I go. I always have my books with me. I have the Kindle app installed on it as well as my Dropbox full to bursting with PDF ebooks. That said, my smartphone is actually a phone/tablet hybrid so it's a little larger than most phones.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to a lot of newsletters. If I have a favorite book site or author, there's a good chance I also get their newsletter. I also keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook. Those sites are wonderful for connecting to authors and learning about the books I want to read.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love opening up my imagination and seeing fully fleshed characters emerge. It's amazing meeting these fictional people with flaws and hopes and dreams and watching their adventures end up on the page faster than my fingers can type. They continually surprise me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having fans that read my books means everything to me. I hope that I can bring a chuckle or touch a heart or even inspire some curiosity in my readers. Those are the things I love about books and it's what I aspire to do for my readers.
What are you working on next?
I've got a paranormal YA novel I'm writing and a magical realism novel that is in rewrites. They are both really close to my heart so I hope everyone loves them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
In addition to writing, I have a really awesome day job where I get to help people every day by giving them information which will help them make choices about their health. I'm also amazed at all the new and wondrous things that scientists discover and explore every day. The world is such a cool place. I want to experience it all and I'm so very grateful to get up and feel the sunshine on my skin, smell the heady perfume of the flowers, and hear each and every sound from the birds to the car horns that greet me each morning.
Published 2018-05-03.
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Books by This Author

Wolf Around The Corner
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,370. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Wolf Around The Corner, a paranormal semi-finalist in Passionate Ink’s 2017 Sexy Scribbles Contest, is a full-length fairytale romance with a side of wolf shifter. If you like your romance with gorgeous men, humor, and small town magic, you’ll love Wolf Around the Corner! Buy your copy now and settle in to watch the drama unfold!
The Moonlight Market
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,020. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The Moonlight Market, a paranormal finalist for the 2017 Southern Magic Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, is a full-length new adult romance brimming with magical realism, fairy tale villains, and quirky characters. If you like your romance to send a shiver down your spine, you’ll love The Moonlight Market! Buy your copy now and enter a world of dark fantasy and magic!
Lawrence Frightengale Investigates
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,980. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Television horror host Lawrence Frightengale and his leading lady, the glamorous drag performer Myrna Boy, find themselves racing against the clock when the theft of a classic car bound for the Out & About parade threatens to be a showstopper for Lawrence’s career.