Today I have an interview with the lovely, Ana Aragón whose most recent release is Sidelined by Love!
What inspired the story?
Sidelined by Love was actually the second story in the Logan Springs series. Nikki Logan and Dominic Moretti’s story was the first manuscript, but Brock and Gaby wouldn’t have it! Initially, I wanted a story with two diametrically-opposed characters that had fallen in and out of love in high school, came back to their hometown and, despite their differences and all the baggage, can’t help but fall in love again. My writing leans toward the outlandish, regardless of the premise, so I had to throw in Gaby’s gay father and partner, her fifty-year-old pregnant mother (a soft-porn star in the 70s), her eBay addicted best friend, her Spanish-speaking grandmother, and Brock’s two hunky brothers (who have stories of their own waiting in the wings!)
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Meeting readers who are also aspiring authors. They’re fascinated with the process of writing and publishing, and I enjoy giving them the confidence to try their hand at telling their own stories. While I’ve only been writing romance with the hope of being published for three years, I’ve been reading and writing my whole life. It is a dream come true for me and I have to pinch myself every so often just to make sure it’s real!
Listening to demeaning comments about the romance genre. While most people don’t have the guts to say mean things to your face, underhanded comments asking “Can I help you with research?” and “What’s a nice girl like you writing that kind of stuff for?” get a bit much after awhile. Luckily, positive comments far outweigh the negative ones!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes! I even submitted jokes and stories to Archie and Veronica comic books and Reader’s Digest as a young girl, and wrote through middle and high school. Writing has been as much a part of my life as reading. I’ve been published in non-fiction and worked as a technical writer/corporate trainer for much of my career. But it doesn’t hold a candle to writing funny, steamy romances!
Since becoming a published author what has surprised you the most?
The caring and support I’ve received from other romance writers in my Romance Writers of America chapters. I don’t believe any genre of writers is more supportive than romance. Equally amazing are the positive comments from readers of romance who love what I write!
What has been your favorite moment since becoming published?
Opening the box with my first author copies! I literally ripped through the packaging, lovingly pulled out the top copy, and cradled it in my arms. I checked out the cover and then read the entire book in one sitting, finally falling asleep with the book under my pillow!
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! The road to publication is complex, but much more attainable than in years past. Read everything you can get your hands on about publishing, the craft of writing, and the writing life. Jump-start your career by joining Romance Writers of America and a local or online chapter, attend their meetings, get involved. Attend local, regional and national conferences, find a critique group, and hang out with positive people who understand your passion. At the same time, sit your butt down in front of a computer or word processor and WRITE! Your stories won’t write themselves (darn it!) and the more time you spend writing, the better your writing will be. Practice makes perfect!
Who has inspired you as a writer?
In junior high school (am I dating myself or what?) I interviewed Letitia Baldrige, who at the time was the former social secretary to first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. I was impressed with her accessibility and encouragement as a multi-published woman who would take the time to answer questions from budding journalists. Three years ago I read a wonderful, inspiring book, Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See. I decided to take her advice and sent her an e-mail, telling her how much I identified with what she had to say and thanking her for writing the book. Within minutes, I received a wonderful, personal e-mail in response, thanking me for my kind words and encouraging me to persevere. I was overwhelmed.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Can’t say “no!”
What is next for you?
Nikki Logan and Dominic Moretti’s story, Strike Three…You’re Mine! from the Wild Rose Press in 2008. Nikki and Dom’s story is equally funny, sexy, and heart-warming. It’s a love story I’ve been wanting to tell for ten years, and I hope my readers will love it as much as I have writing it! Older brothers, Jackson and Hunter, have their own stories, of course, and I’m working on a double-murder romantic suspense story that weaves present-day with Watergate-era politics!
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
Please buy my book? Seriously, I truly appreciate and am honored when readers use their hard-earned money to purchase my book. In the Logan Springs series, I take seriously my commitment to deliver an engaging story that will make you laugh and have you rooting for my characters.
Thanks, Jennifer, for giving writers this wonderful opportunity to promote their books!
Sincerely, Ana Aragón
Thank you Ana for the wonderful interview!
Readers, you can learn more about Ana on her site: http://www.anaaragon.com/