Interview with Janet Aird

What's the story behind your latest book?
This novel began about ten years ago as journal entries that I wrote when my mother was diagnosed with dementia and later, Alzheimer’s disease. She fought the symptoms with everything she had, but the most heart-crushing for me was my father’s desperate denial of what was happening to her. Even when she stopped remembering who he was, even when she stopped being able to feed herself, he insisted that she was getting better. The pain became so intense that my mind began to escape into fantasy. "Now I Remember I Love You" is the result.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a sequel to "Now I Remember I Love You." A minor character who appears at the end is the main character in this new one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is losing myself in a world I'm creating.
Describe your desk
I have a beautiful big wooden desk that I bought at a second-hand store and refinished. It has one file drawer filled with articles on writing, articles I wrote, and research and ideas for writing articles and books. On top, computer, paperwork that has to be done, and an oversized calendar.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Montreal, Quebec. In my childhood, tensions between the French and the English began to break out. The English were the minority, but as a whole they had more power, and the French had had enough. I left when I was 17, right after high school, but those years of knowing that most people didn’t want me there had a big effect on me. I was more inward and introspective, and I wrote all the time, trying to make sense of my feelings.
When did you first start writing?
In second grade, our teacher, Miss Cousins, encouraged all of us to write. The idea that something could come out of my head and go onto paper changed my life. Writing is still the most fun I've ever had sitting at a desk.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always liked the feeling of being able to manage (not control, though) my own life. Being an indie author lets me manage my work, including choosing how and where to publish and market it. Smashwords is excellent at both.
What is your writing process?
I go for a walk every morning. Ideas tend to flow and sort themselves out. When I get home, I sit down at the computer and start writing. This is the time for exploring and having fun, not for planning and judgment.

I don’t edit for a week or so, until I have enough to work on. As I go on, I make sure the story has a proper shape. I use The Hero's Journey, which you can find online. I edit more. When I think my story is as good as I can make it, I ask writer friends to critique it… and then I rewrite and edit more. To me, editing is like polishing a diamond.
How do you approach cover design?
I asked a talented artist to do the cover of “Now I Remember I Love You” because the cover is the key to getting people to notice the book, especially when they see it as a thumbnail online. It’s difficult to do, because it has to be very distinctive. Beyond that, I think covers that show action look more interesting, and the title font, especially, has to suit both the cover art and express the theme of the book.
Published 2017-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Now I Remember I Love You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,910. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Evie Landry is slipping, and she knows it. When her doctor tells her and her husband Nick that Evie probably has Alzheimer's disease, Nick tries to protect her, but the pressure to send her to long-term care becomes overwhelming. Nick bundles Evie into their car and they begin a thousand-mile journey to their only hope of staying together.