My name is Auriella Skye.
I’m 30, but I feel older at times. I always get mistaken for younger though, so thanks for the genes, Mom. :-)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m originally from the Northeast states. Currently, I live in a town on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, the land of amusement parks. Guess I’m an East-Coast lifer all the way.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST NEWS-
News, well let’s see. I just recently published the first story in my Alpha Warlocks of Kala West series called The Alpha Warlocks Claim. The stories focus on a small witch community in the fictional town of Kala West, Florida. I can’t wait to write more because I’m planning on a longer, interconnected spinoff series after these three are complete.
I’m really excited because it’s currently in Amazon’s Top Best Seller category for U.S. Short Stories. It’s so awesome to see something I wrote next to great writers like Flannery O’Connor, Stephen King, Patricia Briggs, and J.R. Ward, all whom I’ve enjoyed as a reader. Even as an author, I’m still a fangirl at heart!
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE IN?
I write romance in all types and forms. Paranormal romance and erotic romance are among my favorites. The majority of my stories focus on multicultural and interracial relationships because it’s something I connect to as both a writer and a reader.
GIVE US SOME DETAILS ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE MAIN CHARACTER? YOUR BOOK OR SOMEBODY ELSES.
Choices are always hard for me, but right now, my favorite main character that I’m writing is Carmen. She will be appearing in the third Alpha Warlocks of Kala West story. She’s feisty, hard-headed, and not afraid to speak her mind, which makes her so much fun to write and flesh out.
As for other stories, I enjoy female characters who aren’t afraid to speak their minds, whether it’s gritty honesty or just a sly sarcastic remark, and the men who love them.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING?
I have always been a voracious reader. I own more books than clothes and shoes combined, which is so much fun when moving, let me tell you. Thank goodness for e-readers, or it would be so much worse. In a way, I’ve always had the creative bug. I just never knew what I really wanted to do with it until I was a teenager.
I published my first poem, and that was it for me. Creative writing connected with me as I chose my college major, and along the way I started publishing small poems and fiction pieces here and there. I started seeing myself as an actual author when I downloaded my first book on my Kindle. Stuff got real for me then, and it was amazing. That brought about more creativity until I decided which genres I was the most passionate about.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
Just one? Is that even possible? LOL Okay, if I had to choose an author connected to erotic romance, I’d say Kate Douglas. Her Wolf Tales series introduced me to the world of paranormal erotic romance. It was an addiction that I didn’t mind being hooked on.
GIVE US SOME BACKGROUND ON YOUR LATEST BOOK-
I have always been a paranormal fan. From movies to books to television shows, it’s just a genre that I love, so it only made sense I would gravitate to it as a writer. I don’t care how good or bad a story is; I’ll try it once.
My current Alpha Warlocks of Kala West came to me last year when I was hooked on multiple T.V. series like Witches of East End, Lost Girl, Bitten, and Being Human (Both UK and North American versions).
I noticed there are numerous werewolf and shapeshifter romance books, but very few warlock and witch stories. As a Floridian myself, it was only natural to find the setting. It sort of took a mold on its own after that since I’m constantly talking to the characters inside my head or more like they talk to me, and I just write. I’m crazy that way.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT WRITING THAT YOU LOVE BEST?
Real life can be sad, frightening, and just downright depressing. In fiction, billionaires can sweep you off your feet, warriors can conquer ancient lands, werewolves can find love, and witches can create magic. Who wouldn’t love writing and imagining being a part of such fantastic worlds?
For me, as a writer, I have to love my story as a reader first. If I don’t, why share something I don’t care about with others? I think this is the heart of writing, finding a popular category people will read and one you connect with as a writer to balance it out with literary passion.
HAVE YOU GOT A WEBSITE OR A BLOG?
I do! I have a brand, spanking new blog. You can check it out at auriellaskye.blogspot.com.
IF YOU HAD TO GIVE AN AWARD FOR BEST UP AND COMING AUTHOR WHO WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO?
Although she’s been around longer than me when it comes to writing, I would give it to Dicey Grenor for her amazing Narcoleptic Vampire series. Can someone say unique genius? I stumbled on her books, and I had to force myself to slow my reading because I didn’t want it to be over. She has a way of pulling you into her fantasy world while making it enticingly real.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU WRITE AND HOW MANY WORDS EACH TIME?
It depends on the day. I have moments where I can write 5-10,000 words straight if I’m on a roll and lost in the story. I have like writing ADD, so I can never just work on one story at a time from beginning to end. I’m always writing or editing something.
Other times I can go a few days before I even get on my computer to type or touch my notebook. But real life happens, so I’m never that consistent. I try to make it a habit to talk myself into writing a few hundred words each day because when I do that. I read somewhere that you should never finish a scene so you’re force to come back and continue writing. That’s been working for me.
I do my best writing when I people watch in coffee shops and restaurants. I promise you I’m not stalker-like when I do it. At least, I hope not. There is something about being around life that makes characters come alive on the page. However, I found that I am a hard-core night owl. My best writing occurs when most people are asleep, which also limits my coffee and restaurant haunts.
IF YOU COULD GIVE SOME ADVICE TO A NEW WRITER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Find out what works for you as a writer by learning from what others have done successfully and unsuccessfully. I’m a strong believer in that there is nothing wrong with taking a little bit of knowledge from everyone, both writers and readers, to find your own writing path. I even see bad advice as good because you learn from it.
Also don’t worry if you don’t have a set path yet. Mine evolves regularly, which is a good thing in such a creative and challenging thing like writing.
FINALLY- HERES YOUR CHANCE TO PUSH ALL YOUR LINKS-
My name blog can be found at auriellaskye.blogspot.com.
Check out my work on my US Amazon Page and my UK Amazon Page.
You can also catch me on Social Media: Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook!
I also love hearing from readers and writers alike, so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you in the romance universe!