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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Interview with Author J. Naomi Ay

I recently had the opportunity to interview J. Naomi Ay.  Below is her bio and our interview:
Bio: Naomi lives in the north Olympic Peninsula and is mom to 3 kids and a Pomeranian. Naomi has always been a fan of historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. When not dreaming of space adventures, Naomi works in the renewable energy business and spends time out on the water.

What is your writing experience? I write a lot of emails. Does that count? Other than that, my experience is limited to my giant 5 book series called The Two Moons of Rehnor.
What is your book and it’s genre? Ah, two very difficult questions. My book is actually 5 books as I mentioned above. It started out as a "Gone with the Wind" type masterpiece and when I realized that it would take about 400 years just to upload it to kindle, I split it up into 5 books, each about 70,000 words. The first book in the series is called The Boy who Lit up the Sky. The series follows the life of a man named Senya who was created by two enemy kings on the planet Rehnor to succeed them and unite the planet under his reign. Senya turned out to be a whole lot stranger than they ever anticipated and he wasn't exactly thrilled with his awesome responsibility. Now to get back to your question about genre, that is another challenge. Senya is weird, definitely has paranormal elements although everyone else in the story is very ordinary and normal. It's a fantasy and it takes place on another planet so that classifies it as fantasy, scifi and paranormal. However, we also have a pretty intense love story going on with a human girl named Katie who will ultimately marry Senya. So now we've got fantasy, scifi, paranormal and romance. Did I mention it's epic? There's some politics and spiritualism in there too. Therefore, I call my genre "All of the above."
What is it about? Senya. Actually, it's about a whole lot more than Senya but he's the central focal point from which the whole series revolves around. I have a fairly unique style in that everything is written in first person narratives by all the people around Senya. This way, we have a lot of different perspectives on what is going on as well as many other stories of all these other folks that are interwoven into what I think of as a giant tapestry.
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite book, and who or what are your writing influences? My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I love a lot of writers from practically every genre.
When did you know you wanted to write? Honestly, I didn't know I wanted to write. I had a story in my head which made me wonder if I needed medication. Alternatively, I could sit down and get the story out and that is what I did. Now that it's out and public, it's actually no longer in my head so I've discovered I've got a lot of empty space there now.
How long did it take you to write the first book What did you do to promote the book. It took me about 20 years to write the series. I wasn't planning on doing anything with it. I was just writing for me and out of my own boredom and because it was fun. The version that is available now is quite different from what I wrote 20 years ago but the characters for the most part were developed then and have been updated and changed a bit over time. In terms of promotion, that's the biggest challenge. I chat with people like you. I made some trailers which I think I super cool. I do a little bit of PPC advertising and that's about it. J Naomi Ay

You can find her at the links below:

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