Author Interview: Kahlen Aymes

This interview was originally to be published for my birthday event during August but due to my head injury I never got the chance!

A massive thanks to the author for taking the time out to answer some questions! I hope everyone has enjoyed the Kahlen Aymes!


Interview:

Can you tell readers a bit about yourself?



Hmmm…lets see. I grew up in the Mid-western United States, the youngest of three children and attended a catholic university where I majored in business administration and marketing. I am happily divorced and have one daughter and two dogs. Im extremely busy! By day, I sell diamonds and I spend most of the nights writing. I love music, dancing, cooking, theatre, art; I draw, paint, & play piano… Ive done some community theatre (mostly musicals) and taught ballroom dancing right after college. While Ive always loved books, I never, in my wildest dreams, expected to be a published author. But like it. J
Your writing history/journey so far?

It was fate. Truly. I worked in media sales and when the economy tanked in 2009, my job at a major newspaper was eliminated because several of my accounts either went out of business or severely cut back their advertising budget. To make a living, I designed a web site for online coupons but needed to market it. One day, my hairdresser couldnt stop gushing about Twilight and even though I rolled my eyes, I read the books with my 9 year old daughter. A light bulb went off; these women were my target market! I found that there were a hundred thousand fan fiction stories, some with thousands and thousands of reviews. I thought… “I can do this.” So…I wrote a story, never expecting my love of writing to morph my business aspirations. But, when the reviews were so positive, it became my passion. I loved it so much and I was writing constantly.

My readers nominated me for awards within the genre and miraculously, I won a few of them. I was stunned, but encouraged. My readers were telling me that I should publish. My publishing journey is a longer story. If you want to hear that…Ill tell you!

Can you share with us your latest news?

Sure! Dont Forget to Remember Me, Book #2 in the Trilogy, is about to publish. The eBook has been proofed and Im waiting for the formatted version of the print book. When I go over it and approve it, and then it will literally be a week until the book publishes.

Im about 1/3 finished with the third book and hope to have it published by Christmas! Im formatting another longer, unrelated novel to manuscript, and have three other stories in my head, screaming at me to get out!

What is the inspiration behind your novels?

I dont really analyse that part because its different for every story. DFTRM began as a title that intrigued me and I built the story around it. On After Dark, it was the plot that evolved before the title. Its never the same…but the most honest answer I can give is that my readers inspire me. Their words via email, tweets, DMs and reviews spur me on like nothing else. If they want to read it…I will write it.

Your novel has been the best I've ever read and has touched my heart like no other, why do you think readers feel emotionally attached to your characters?

I think because Im attached to them and its important to me to draw the readers into the pages. Its important to make them feel, touch, taste, smell and see it in their minds eye. I want it to play like a movie in surround sound, not the two dimensions of black and white words on a page.

What's the best thing a reader has ever said to you?

Wow. What you just said was right up there! I have thousands of reader reviews and Ive saved them all. I want readers invested, so when they say they are bawling their eyes out, shouting for joy, feeling every nuance my characters feel…then Ive done my job.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Have a thick skin. Reading is subjective and not everyone will like your book. (This includes agents and publishers). I had three publishers ask me for completely different revisions. Whats one persons treasure is anothers trash, and there isnt one damn thing you can do about it. There are also people out there that will have an opinion even if theyve never read one word youve written. Its hard to take sometimes, but just let it go. Believe in your story and in your skills…but keep working to get better. We can always get better.

The most important thing to remember is this: Its your story. Write it as you envision it and dont let anyone make you change something that you dont believe will improve it. Sometimes, there are too many cooks in the kitchen…but youre the head chef and ultimately, the words on the page are your responsibility.

Is there anything specific you'd like to say to readers?

Thank you! Your support, emails and reviews make my fingers fly on the keyboard and overwhelm my heart! Some of you have been with me for three years and others are brand new…I love and cherish each and every one of you.

As a teenager what was the best/worst thing you ever done?

Hmmm… I was sickeningly good. I never did drugs, smoked or missed curfew. I earned good grades, went to college, crossed my ts and dotted my Is. I always considered my actions. I believe that was smart, but at the same time, I think being a little more carefree (on some things) might have been okay. The best thing I did was to stay true to myself, despite the doubts, insecurities and temptations that we are all faced with when growing up.

This is my last year of being a teenager... :( *sob* is there any advice or something you think I should try or do to make it the best ever?

Make good choices for your future, but dont fret if you change your mind on what you want to do with your life. You never know where youll end up, but you have to embrace the journey. Live, have funand love with your whole heart; even if you get your heart broken. Why do you think I can write such gut wrenchers?


Flash Favourites:

Colour: Green
Desert: Baked Alaska
Place: The Rocky Mountains
Book: The Odyssy (Homer) I read it in tenth grade and it was an amazing experience. We spent the entire semester reading and dissecting the story and its sub plots. I loved every minute of it.
Author: I have several…if I have to pick one; Jane Austin.
Season: Fall


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2 comments

  1. Yes, I've loved this event! Kahlen Aymes is an amazing writer. She has written THE best love story, you feel every emotion that the characters are feeling and going through. I can't quit talking about how much I love Ryan and Julia's story. I can't wait to get my hands on A Love Like This!!!

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