Hi everyone! I’m so excited to have Ariadne Wayne over at my blog today. Ariadne is the author of The Sultan’s Bride, which was released January 31, 2013. Everyone clap real loud for Ariadne.
Siren: Ariadne I’m sure all the readers want to know where they can find you on the web?
Ariadne: You can find me at http://www.ariadnewayne.co.nz\
Siren: Where can your readers find your books?
Ariadne: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, All Romance, iTunes, Diesel.
Siren: How old where you when you realized that writing was what you wanted to do with your life?
Ariadne: I always enjoyed writing and when I was in high school I decided I wanted to be a journalist, specifically a sports journalist and not just for the hot guys. When I left school I did the odd piece of writing for a local magazine but started working in a computer shop and decided I wanted to work in IT. I still work in that field but last year realized that the stories I’d been making up in my head for the last 20 years were no good there and I should start recording them. I haven’t stopped since then!
Siren: I’m glad you haven’t stopped! 🙂 Who has inspired you the most along your journey as a writer?
Ariadne: I refer to Neil Gaiman at times on my blog as when I went back to writing I was so unsure of the rules around it as it had been so long. I saw a post on tumblr from him saying that there were no rules. It gave me the confidence to write on the topics I wanted to and as much as I wanted to.
Siren: How did you come up with the idea of your current book?
Ariadne: I am a real fan of historical novels and have read so many over the years and then discovered historical erotica and loved what I was reading. I’m not really sure where the idea came from specifically but it was definitely influenced by what I was reading at the time. There was some thought too about writing a strong female character, she goes through some tough stuff at the start but she comes out on top in the end.
Siren: How did you come up with the title?
Ariadne: The Sultan’s Bride went through a couple of name changes, it started in draft called Harem and then became The Sultan’s Wife. I checked if there were any books out there called that first because I didn’t want to complicate matters and then found when I went to publish there was another book by that name so I changed it slightly.
Siren: What made you decide to self-publish?
Ariadne: The geek in me was intrigued by the technical aspects of it. I have enjoyed learning about formatting documents as I have seeing my work published.
Siren: What advice would you give to others who are interested in/or currently working towards becoming a published author?
Ariadne: The world is at your fingertips as far as information goes, don’t rush anything and make sure you research everything you can. Just keep writing.
Siren: Good advice! Briefly describe the process of becoming a self-published author and the benefits of doing this on your own?
Ariadne: What I love is that I control everything from what the book looks like (although there are some sites that do their own thing and you have to learn how to work with it) through to pricing and seeing sales in almost real time. What I did was write my story and then looked around for what I then needed to do, there are so many resources online and most publishing sites have help files to help you get published.
Siren: Do you belong to any critique groups? Do you think it’s important for writers to belong to critique groups?
Ariadne: I think it’s a great idea though I haven’t gone looking for any yet.
Siren: What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Ariadne: I love Philippa Gregory and Anne Rice’s Beauty series.
Siren: Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Ariadne: It’s pretty hard to say, writing part time I only tend to write when I’m inspired to. I’d imagine if I did this full time and had deadlines with someone that maybe I would.
Siren: Do you write an outline before every book you write?
Ariadne: I did, but I did things back to front. I had an idea for a book and wrote a short story which turned into my draft and then I wrote the outline.
For the next book I wrote the outline first.
Siren: What is your favorite time of the day to write and your favorite place to write?
Ariadne: Normally I write in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed and in my recliner chair in front of the TV. I’m one of those people who can’t sit in silence and concentrate, I have to have noise.
Siren: I need complete silence when I write, lol. Since this is a romance and fashion blog I have to ask which you prefer –heels or flats when it comes to shoes?
Ariadne: That is an awesome question. I love heels but can’t wear them so I just tend to look at pictures!
Siren: I think I would die without my heels. Tell us about the other books you have written?
Ariadne: After The Sultan’s Bride I put out Hot For The Boss which is three novellas. I then collected them into one complete edition and it can be found everywhere that The Sultan’s Bride is found.
You have been a very busy woman. Thank you Ariadne Wayne for taking time to do this interview. I have already purchased The Sultan’s Bride and so far I am loving it!
Short Description of The Sultan’s Bride:
Stolen from her parents Catherine Stanton grows up in the eastern region of Ajara, a ward of the Sultan. When the Sultan claims her as his bride she indulges both his deepest desires and her own. Suddenly reunited with her parents she had to adjust while making a choice between the man she loves and the man she married. Which one will it be? Warning: This book contains explicit sex scenes.