Welcome J Naomi Ay, author of The Two Moons of Rehnor, a magnificent 5 book series with fantasy, science, and romance all wrapped into one. I’m so happy to introduce her to all of you.
1. What is your favorite genre to read?
I tend to keep switching favorites. Forever and ever and ever it was historical fiction. I swallowed anything that had to do with Plantagenets and Tudors. Then I read only Scifi and then later fantasy. Now I’m action
adventure but I always like good chick lit.
2. Do you have a favorite author?
Not any one particular. There are just so many. I love the classics and have the entire Jane Austen collection. I love Michael Connelly and Nelson Demille but if I’m moody and want a good cry I’ll read someone like Jodi
3. How long have you been writing?
I think I learned in first grade. No, seriously. When I was in second grade, the first grade teacher called me out of class and asked me to write a story for the first grade parent’s night. I think she wanted to demonstrate the amazing advances in skills that a second grader would have. Anyway, I wrote and of course illustrated in crayon a very perceptive little piece about a dog and a cat who agreed not to fight or chase each other anymore. This was in the late 60’s when
everybody was building a bomb shelter in their basement so world peace was probably very much on my young mind. The Two Moons of Rehnor series has literally been in development for more than 20 years. I started writing it for fun, out of boredom, for my own entertainment and several times deleted it and then turned around and rewrote the
whole thing again. Now, I’ve discovered that since I have published it, it is officially out of my head and I am able to write other things.
4. Does music inspire your creativity?
Not really. Sometimes there is music I will listen to and immediately think that would be great for a particular scene. If we ever make a movie, this will fit in perfectly. When I write though, I can’t be listening to anything else. It’s kind of weird, alright it’s very weird, but as I write, I have to constantly read back what I am saying. My books are all written in first person narratives by 6 – 8 different characters in the story and since they all have different voices, I literally have to hear those voices to make sure they sound right.
5. What fuels your writing?
Boredom. Sorry, but it’s true. I’m a Type A person who is no longer busy enough at work and the kids are grown and almost grown so my free time is suddenly very abundant. I have to create artificial stress in my life so I give myself new deadlines for book releases and then scramble to meet them. Frustration is also a fuel additive. When I hear about things going on in this world that I don’t like, I cope by diving back into fantasyland and fixing those things on the planet Rehnor.
6. What has been your biggest challenge as a writer?
Commas and apostrophes. I hate all those little buggers. Another challenge has to be patience. I am still in the
process of developing some. That’s one reason I really love self-publishing. In a matter
of literally minutes, a manuscript can become an e-book and in days it can become a
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jnaomiay
Book Trailers: The Boy who Lit up the Sky http://youtu.be/nc6aqOy2nvI
The Two Moons of Rehnor series and the prequel series Journey to Rehnor are
available at all major book and ebook retailers.
2 responses to “Welcome J Naomi Ay!”
Thanks for hosting me on your awesome blog!
Come back anytime!