Sunday, May 24, 2015

Author Interview: Aurora Zahini

1) Tell us about yourself! When did you start writing? Why? Who inspired you?

I’ve always loved language and characters and writing is such a wonderful way to
express yourself. When a person reads a story it becomes a shared human
experience where they get to walk into someone else’s world for a while. I
wanted to be a part of that. I have been writing in some shape and form my
entire life, but just a few years ago I took the plunge into novels after
reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson back to
back for the umpteenth time.
                    
2) What is your newest release (Or upcoming)? Tell us a little
bit about it.

My latest release is one of my oldest work! I co-wrote a wonderful teen superhero series with my good friend J. Rose Alexander and we finally cleaned it up and set it free on the world! It’s called Apathetic Avengers and part of the Faction series. It really is a bright and fresh take on a genre that tends to be written with a cookie cutter and just gets better and better. I myself am super excited to see how it all ends.

3) What is your favorite part about being an author? 

I love being a god in my own universe, yet having so little control.

4) What is your least favorite part about being an author? 

The constant struggle to find time to dedicate to the craft.

5) Are you an Indie Author, Hybrid, or Traditional? What lead
you to this choice? 
I’m a hybrid I suppose. I publish through a small publisher where I know everyone as a friend so I get the best of both worlds.

6) Do you have any other hobbies? 

I write and play music, sometimes with my band that I always threaten to get back together.

7) Do you work on a schedule? Are you better working under
pressure? 

I just write whenever I can, fitting it around my “real life.” I generally work better under pressure but try to avoid it as much as possible.

8) Where do you see yourself in five years as an author? 

I would just love to have a few readers who are as immersed in my world as I am. I live
to serve the readers.

9) What is the craziest idea that you’ve had?

To write three novels that are all tied together with deep and intricate throughlines that can be read in any order and tell a different story each time… and I totally half-assed did it!

10) If you could chose any of the ‘realities’ you write to live in, which world would you choose?
Heller Park, NJ of course. J it is already a pastiche of places I know and love.

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