Name Ava Bell
Where are you from: Oklahoma
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I was born and raised here in Oklahoma, I am very family oriented, I’m very close to my siblings and parents. I had a very normal childhood. I have two wonderful children
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m finishing up the first book in a series of 3 novellas, The Tabu series
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, even in grade school through high school. Essays or theme papers were always my favorite, but I really didn’t get serious about it until about a year ago. I’ve always been an avid reader and when I discovered the world of indie authors I really started to get more interested in writing. I became good friends with several wonderful authors that encouraged me to follow my dream
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t really consider myself an author. It’s hard to put myself in a category with so many talented writers, but I guess I’d have to say when I sold my first book it really made me feel like I had accomplished something I never thought I would.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
All the wonderful authors that I’ve loved and stalked over the past few years were my inspiration
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually like to write in dual POV. It gives the reader both sides of the story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I had been agonizing over the title for weeks, then one day I was watching a movie on Lifetime and someone had mentioned that they were ” Miles from home” and it just clicked.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, not really. Although it is a story about second-chance love, I guess if there was a message it would be never give up on love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I took a few things from my life and intertwined it into the story, but very little
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Every book I’ve ever read has stuck with me in one way or another.
As for a mentor, I really don’t have one, except for the authors that have been there for me when I wanted to give up.
Fiona: What book are you reading now? Marrow by Tarryn Fisher.
I love everything she writes!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are a few, JD Hawkins is definitely someone to watch, he just published his first novel and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a series of novellas. The Tabu series
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, it’s just a hobby I enjoy
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I’m very happy with how it turned out
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m currently working on a new series, The Tabu series. It’s the story of a young writer who delves into the world of BDSM. The first book C/curious tells the story of Emma, an up and coming author that becomes intrigued with the BDSM lifestyle while doing research for her new book. When she meets Markus, a soft spoken Master that guides Emma into a world she is curious, but yet afraid to learn about. In the process discovers that her deepest darkest desires are beginning to surface.
It will be a 3 book series
Book one: C/curious
Book two: A/awakening
Book three: S/submit
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not to get too hung up on details
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work
Caroline Kepnes. She’s very good at drawing you into the story.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, so far the only traveling I’ve done is attending author events, but only as a reader and not an author
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Lora Lynch did my first cover
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making sure your characters are developed enough so that the reader will bond with them in some way, whether they love them or hate them
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It takes a lot of patience.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read read read. The more you read the more you get an idea of what genre and style you like
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for having faith in my book enough to leave a review
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My children make me laugh, they both have a wonderful sense of humor. What make me cry: Mistreatment of animals, I’m a huge animal lover and it kills me to see any animal abused
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Anne Rice, I think she is such an awesome writer
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Hmmm that’s a tough question. I would like just one word “Mother” because that has to be my greatest accomplishment
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to cook/bake. Traveling, shopping
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much T.V., but I do enjoy watching HGTV
I love chick flicks
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music food:
Music: I love anything that makes me want to dance.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m a nurse, so I’m basically doing what I’ve always wanted to do. But I would like to own a catering company some day
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website?
If so what is it? No, but I’m going to have one soon