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Interview: Kahlen Aymes

Today I have Kahlen Aymes visiting The Life and Lies for her book tour The Future of Our Past!

Why and when did you begin writing?

I started writing as a means of networking with women. I had designed a coupon website and I needed a way to reach them. One day, at a salon, my hair dresser went on and on about Twilight, so after my daughter and I went to the movies and read the books, it came to me that this was the way I would reach out to women. I started writing Fan Fiction for Twilight in May of 2009. My stories, however, had little to do with Twilight, other than the character names…even the characterizations were different. And…none of them were about vampires or werewolves.

What inspired you to write your book?

I had a good amount of success with my fan fiction. There were several awards in the Twilight fandom for stories and authors, and most of them reader nominated and voted on. I march of 2010, I won the Indie TwiFic Award for Best All Human story that Knocks You Off Your Feet for a story I wrote called Don’t Forget to Remember Me. The award was for a story readers think deserved more attention and it was voted on world-wide. That was very overwhelming and amazing to me because I was nominated with almost 70 other authors! I based my novel series on DFTRM.

How did you come up with the title?

The Future of Our Past is what this first part of the series is about, the beginning of a relationship and the building of a shared history between the two main characters. The incredible connection and the memories of how they came to be are treasured beyond anything else. I don’t want to give too many spoilers to book 2, but suffice it to say that the importance of Ryan and Julia’s past had to be securely established.

What books or people influenced your writing? Was it positive influence, or negative?

Hmmm….this is a tough to give credit to specific people. I read a lot and have done my entire life. I’ve read the classics from The Odyssey to Jane Austin and Emily Bronte and then some great romance authors. Great stories inspire great stories. Not in that the plot gets mirrored, but reading something great is a great teacher to a writer, and a true inspiration to aspire to be better at the craft. And maybe even more importantly, my readers have been very inspiring. I received literally thousands of reviews for my stories and each one is like wind beneath my wings.

How do you go about researching for your books?

I research things on the internet and speak with people that have knowledge or expertise in a certain field or if it’s about a location, I either visit it, or speak with friends who live there.

Did you base any of your characters on real people?

Yes, but not in this series, specifically. There are little bits of me in all my stories, but not the sum of all at once, if that makes sense.

What’s the most exciting part about being a published author? What is the hardest part?

Seeing the book and holding a hard copy in my hand is the most amazing thing! I wrote that; those are my words and I can literally hand them to someone else to read. It really is an incredible feeling.

The hardest part? It’s the time I spend NOT WRITING. I’m not to a place where I can write full time and I sometimes feel resentful that my full-time job and real life invades into my writing time. The characters don’t shut up, and it’s hard not being able to just sit down and write whenever I feel the need to do it.

Do you have any other books planned in the future?

Are you kidding? :) I have two others finished to the point of editing, beyond the Trilogy, and three others outlined. It’s a sickness. Really, it is. LOL!

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

I love Ryan. If you read the series, I hope you’ll fall in love with him, too. I’ve had reviews that said “Ryan is truly the love of my life!” I love that! Sure, I dislike some of them! I dislike are those I want the readers to dislike. Simple. :)

What advice can you give to young writers who want to publish their books?

Don’t stop working at the craft of writing and don’t ever stop reading! Don’t take no for an answer and don’t let anyone make you feel like you are not as good as you really are.

Reading is subjective. Not everyone will like your story or the way you write; you have to accept that going in. Your readers are the people that love to read what you love to write. Listen to your heart, your head and your readers; the story starts with you, but it belongs to them, too!

Just for fun:

What are your ten most favorite things?

Hmmm…

1. My daughter

2. My dogs

3. My readers and writing

4. My family and friends

5. My iPod/Music/Art

6. Cooking/baking

7. Movies/ Live theater

8. Roller skating

9. Pepperoni and cream cheese pizza

10. Um…did I mention writing? :)

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Mostly working, but I like to spend time with my daughter, Olivia, and my dogs, Sophie and Riley. I like to entertain for my friends and go for long walks with my iPod.

Do you have any pets?

Yep. Two Golden Retrievers (Sophie and Riley) and a Black Lab (Gem). [I love Goldens! I've grown up with one]

What are your favorite (and least favorite) foods?

I don’t like Chinese food very much. I’m not a picky eater really, but I like Mexican and Italian best, I think. And salad. :)

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

I have a little office downstairs, but I do most of it on my lap top in the middle of the night. That would be in my bed. I listen to music while I write.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

I don’t usually eat while I’m writing.

If you could go anywhere in the whole world, either for a vacation or to live there, where would you go?

I’d like to spend a month exploring Europe. It’s my ancestry, so I’d like to go there.

What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school?

I loved my art teacher and I was good at it, so that was a favorite. Music, Math and Science were right up there, too. I loved my literature classes, go figure. I’m a nerd, so I liked school in general. Nebraska History was dull as hell and I couldn’t stand my American History teacher. I got 100% on everything in that class because I wasn’t giving him any room to wiggle in regard to grades. J True story.

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished Bared to You by Sylvia Day and am currently reading Poughkeepsie, by my good friend, Debra Anastasia.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

Only one? :) Okay…I taught ballroom dancing!

 

About the Book

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews had been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan’s departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia’s for a new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known.

The lovers are faced with forced separation, great distances and other people who try to sabotage their relationship as both of them work to build the shared future they both dream of. When their lives begin to finally gel, Julia is offered an opportunity that will jettison her career to new heights. In light the sacrifices she has made for him, Ryan can hardly deny her, but then something happens to completely change the course of their future. Will Julia choose the chance of a lifetime or the love of her life?

This is a story filled with the powerful and passionate connection we all dream of...a love so transcending, that even if the mind can't remember, it's impossible for the heart to forget.

 

Author

I'm a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She's amazing in every way.
I was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private university where I received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration.
I've always been creative with art, music, theater and writing.  I decided to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture.  The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing the business. No one was more shocked than I.  When readers began nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only made me love it more.  It soon became clear that writing was, and should be, my focus.  

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