Hello you beautiful soul!
Today I will share with you interview I did with Chloe Curtis.
She is the author of one of my favourite book series Aurora. If you want to read my review on this book you can check it here.
Today I will share with you first part of this interview and I plan to post the second part in October.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WRITE AURORA?
This is actually a really fun question for me to answer. I have to give all the credit to my sister. She was getting close to graduating high school and we were talking about what she was going to do after graduation. She wasn’t really sure what she wanted to go to college for but she always loved reading and art. One day she came to me and said, “We should write a book!” At first I was like what would we write a book about but then I thought about it and realized she was on to something. We both have very creative minds but in very different ways so we realized that we would make a good partnership. The biggest thing we wanted to do when we started this book was to make sure we talked about important issues in today’s world like feminism, environmental issues, the importance of honesty, and the family bond.
WHAT GENRE DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BOOKS?
The genre is definitely science fiction/dystopian. I wanted to write a story based on what could really happen. Science is sort of like the real worlds magic and it has proven time and time again to be somewhat limitless.
WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THIS GENRE?
I have always loved any book that is science fiction or fantasy. I like a book that can transport you to another world or realm. It’s an escape for the reader and I think finding healthy escapes like reading is important in our youth especially.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED WRITING IN ANOTHER GENRE?
Honestly, I have several small ideas that might make a good story but they all fall into science fiction or fantasy. I think those types of stories are so fun to create because your imagination is only limited by you. The things you can create with words are astounding. I wouldn’t want to be limited by real world constraints or reality in anyway.
WHERE DO YOUR IDEAS COME FROM AND WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION?
This is an interesting question. My sister and I do most of the concept creation together and we brainstorm together to come up with the best ideas for the story. A lot of the concepts develop from experiences we’ve had and we spin that into something exaggerated. Another thing I like to do it put meanings behind everything I create. For example, in the story, their father’s character is based off my dad. His name is Salix and he works in the laboratories creating new medicines and things for the government. It doesn’t seem like much on the outside but the word Salix is actually the scientific name for a white willow tree. Before modern pharmaceuticals the white willow tree was the first form of Aspirin for pain relief. So his name correlates to his character quite a lot. This is something we do throughout the book a lot and it’s more than just people’s names, we do it for lots of things.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A GOOD STORY?
For me personally, a good story is something I can relate to personally. Sometimes, especially as children and young adults, we feel alienated or outcast by our peers. For me I moved a lot as a kid because of my dad’s job. It wasn’t terrible but it had its moments. Leaving friends behind, switching schools, meeting new people, these are all difficult things to do when you’re young so books were my saviors. Harry Potter was my favorite series because every character was so relatable. That being said it was also a fantastic escape from reality, which I find, is equally important. A good book should transport you to another world and house some good friends as well. Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean we don’t bond with them and I think bonding with a book and its characters is beautiful.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU ARE WRITING?
I am very fortunate to have an amazing husband who supports me while I write full time. Aside from taking care of my cat, Bridgette, and things around the house I just get to write. Of course that doesn’t mean that I write everyday. I have read so many articles about being a successful author and a lot of them try to cram this idea into your head that you need to be putting out several books a year and writing everyday. I think that is extremely odd. Creativity cannot be controlled like that, some days you feel it, some days you don’t. To me, it’s important to hone in on when you are feeling most creative, that’s when the best stories come out.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO WRITE?
My writing space changes with my mood but most of the time I am downstairs with my windows open. I like the space to feel very open and airy. I have a lovely chair by a large window that I use a lot. It’s actually in a photo I included.
WHICH AUTHOR)S) DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
JK Rowling is, hands down, my favorite author. The reason isn’t because she got so famous, or because she sold so many books, it’s because she changed so many lives. I think her books inspire people to be good to each other. Hermione is a wonderful female role model. She is smart and witty, she believes in her abilities, and she’s not afraid to be looked at differently by others for being herself. I think all women should feel empowered like that.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THINK ABOUT WRITING AURORA?
The most difficult thing during the writing process was trying to write when I wasn’t feeling creative. I would write out a paragraph and then delete the whole thing because I didn’t like it five minutes later.
DOES YOUR BOOK HAVE A LESSON? MORAL?
I think the book has many lessons. A big one would be to trust yourself and believe in yourself regardless of what the world thinks. Another one is that no matter how hard things are you’re stronger than you think. I think a lot of the characters learn different lessons so it’s important to key in on the individuals experiences.
IF YOU COULD SPEND ONE DAY WITH ONE CHARACTER FROM YOUR BOOK, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOUR DAY LOOK LIKE?
It’s a funny question because I feel like I’ve spent many days with these characters but I guess I would say Hollie. Hollie’s character is based off myself so I think it would be interesting to see myself from a different point of view. Hollie is very intelligent and focused so we would probably spend the day at a museum or going to art exhibits.
ARE YOU CHARACTERS BASED OFF REAL PEOPLE OR DID THEY ALL COME ENTIRELY FROM YOUR IMAGINATION?
I’ve mentioned this a little already but most of my characters are based off real people. My sister and I are the main characters and their parents are based off ours. Some of the characters are more imagined but many of them are based off real people.
WHAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING THINGS YOU LEARNED IN CREATING YOUR BOOK?
Well, I self published this book so I learned that it is incredibly difficult to set up a book in publishing format. I also learned that promoting is difficult even if you went to school for. I know a lot about promotion and advertising but it can be really hard to implement if you don’t have a lot of money.
DO YOU EVER GET WRITER’S BLOCK?
All the time! Writers block is simply a part of a writer’s life I believe.
I FIND YOUR BOOK COVER VERY AMUSING, WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA AND WHO DESIGNED IT?
My sister and I came up with the concept together. She did all the physical artwork and I helped with the editing. We just wanted something that spoke for the essence of the book. I also really like a simple cover more than a busy one. I think they offer more to the story.
HAVE YOU WRITTEN ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES AURORA?
Other than articles for school papers and yearbooks I have never written anything else. This was my first big project. Though I am working on the second one now!
WHAT IS SOMETHING MEMORABLE YOU HAVE HEARD FROM YOUR READERS/FANS?
I think my favorite thing that I hear from fans is their connections with the characters. Its so fun to hear people talk about your characters like they’re real people. We’ve had a few connect with the character Grey. They like how feisty she is and that she’s funny and witty.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT WRITING PROCESS?
My favorite thing about writing is that I can paint an enormous picture with words. I love being able to show people something without a picture. It’s an amazing thing to read something that literally makes you see it. I love creating pictures with words.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Currently I am working on the second book in the series, Amber. After that will be the third and final installment. That name is still being kept secret till we finish the second book.
HOW DID YOU PUBLISH YOUR BOOK?
I self-published through Amazon’s Creatspace. It was very difficult but rewarding in the end to know that we accomplished that on our own.
ANY MARKETING STRATEGIES OR RESOURCES YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHER AUTHOURS?
I think most authors know about social media but it definitely offers a lot in free advertising opportunities. It’s difficult to build followers but once you have a small base it starts to grow itself. I don’t know if there are any secrets to success other than hard work and diligence. It takes a lot of time and effort.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND YOUR BOOK ONLINE?
–Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/aurora_trilogy/ or @aurora_trilogy
–E Store: https://www.createspace.com/6080205
I hope you all enjoyed and I would like to thank Chloe and her sister Olivia with all my heart for everything they have done for and with me. From doing a book giveaway together, to sending me a signed copy of a book (!!) and giving me a chance to read you amazing masterpiece and to answering my questions and allowing me to share them with my readers! Thank you!
Wish you all a magnificent Friday ❤
With love, N.
You are a masterpiece 🌼