Interview with Ariadne Wayne

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hastings, New Zealand and that definitely influenced my latest book After The Fall as I had my home town in the back of my head as I wrote the story about a young woman from a smaller town who goes to live in the big smoke just as I did. It can be overwhelming to adjust to big city living and then weird to go back.
When did you first start writing?
I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up so it was well over twenty years ago. Then Ieft school and developed an interest in computers, going into IT when I could and now I work in telecommunications. Writing became an interest again with my children starting to grow up and me wanting to have a hobby and then it went from there. I've always had the stories in my head, now they're written down.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted control of what I did. Also, I'm nearly 40 and I didn't want to sit around submitting works and waiting for acceptance/rejection. I just wanted to get on with it. I love being an indie author, I can make changes on the fly if I find an issue, I can track my sales in real time and I can make my books look the way I want them to.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of projects but the big one right now is a romance but a real tear jerker. Though I do also wonder if I'm crying while writing it, will it make others feel the same way and I hope that it does. A couple of my books have had that response from people and I love it as I think that I've got something right if it invokes that reaction.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of projects but the big one right now is a romance but a real tear jerker. Though I do also wonder if I'm crying while writing it, will it make others feel the same way and I hope that it does. A couple of my books have had that response from people and I love it as I think that I've got something right if it invokes that reaction.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working and spending time with my children. I have an eight and a two year old who keep me on my toes. Writing time is usually restricted to when I crash, exhausted at the end of the evening when they're in bed.
How do you approach cover design?
I dabbled with it but now I leave it to someone who knows what they're doing. There are a lot of sites out there with gorgeous premades on them which aren't that expensive and just give that extra punch to get people interested.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction, not just romances. I'm a big Philippa Gregory fan and also love Margaret George, Jean Plaidy and similar writers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo as most shops sell them here and I'm a big advocate for the epub which they support. I like the flexibility it gives me as I buy from online stores and it's easy to copy the files onto it.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! I'm usually found with my laptop perched on the arm of my recliner in the living room. The TV is usually going for background noise.
What do your fans mean to you?
I only have a few but they are awesome. I love that people want to read what I write as I was quite content to be the only one and I try to write what I would like to read.
Published 2013-08-21.
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