Name: Avelyn Paige
Where are you from: Fairmount, Indiana
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Starting off with the hard stuff, huh? I’m a lifelong Hoosier, but I’m a Boilermaker by choice (BOILER UP!). I grew up in James Dean’s home town and let me tell you, I am not a fan of his and have never seen a single one of his movies. I literally grew up in middle of nowhere farm country and I never want to leave. I graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Forensic Sciences. From there, I started work as an oncology research scientist and have been with the same company over the last 7 years.
I married my wonderful husband, Thomas, on my birthday in 2010. Our wedding was about as diasterous as you could imagine with the groom nearly dying in the hospital and a massive re-planning to get married a week later. I tease him now after 5 years of marriage that if he didn’t want to marry me that badly he could have thought of better ways to get out of it than trying to die. One fun fact about me is that I am a pastor’s wife who loves to write dirty books and read even dirtier ones.
While we currently don’t have any kids, we have two very feisty and ferocious cats named Jezebel and Cleo that hate our new very odd looking dog, Asa.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently working on the next book in the Heaven’s Rejects series and searching for the next scrumptious cover model for book #3 in the series. The delicious Alfie Gordillo will be the face of my new book, Angels and Ashes.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Before I answer this, I need to let readers and fans know that this is your warning for a sobbing, ugly crying mess of a story. Kleenexes at the ready, ladies.
I started writing in March 2015 after spending the last six weeks caring for my father as he bravely lost his battle against cancer. It was hard sitting in the hospital knowing that the disease I have spent the last seven years trying to cure was going to take one of my own. Books were my escape as my father rested and after his passing, I couldn’t motivate myself to read or well, do much of anything really.
The very first day back to work after his funeral I was a crying mess in the car. During that 45 minutes’ drive, an idea popped into my head. That maybe my dad and my grandfather, who we lost the week before Dad was hospitalized for the first time, weren’t really gone. You see, my dad was a police officer and would spend many nights away from home. In my mind, Dad wasn’t gone at all, but he was out on an extended undercover operations. From that alternative way of thinking, my first book Damaged was born.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hell, I don’t really consider myself a writer even with two published books. I’ll admit I’m not where near the level of author-dom as many popular authors, but for me writing isn’t a career. It’s an outlet for the days when I need to escape to someone else’s life and an imaginary world. It still blows my mind that I have fans. I fan girl just as hard that I have fans as they do because they love my books.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As I mentioned before, my inspiration was my Dad and those who had left this earth after battling cancer. After I published Damaged, I received a message from a reader who had won my book at a Facebook takeover party. She had been facing Stage 3 leukemia and my story helped comfort her during a difficult phase of treatment. It’s people like her that make me want to keep on writing because I am helping this escape their realities.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Honestly, I write the way I talk. I could pick up a thesaurus and add in fancy, eloquent words, but I am a simple country girl. I want readers to be able to feel a connection to my characters as if they were real people just walking on the street. I don’t want my fans to have to pick up a dictionary every time I explain a situation nor a feeling. It’s just not the way I am.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Damaged was an easy title. I wanted something that would accurately explain how Evie felt when she was diagnosed with cancer. Heaven Sent on the other hand was a bit different of a story. I knew that my MC Romance series would be a blend of bad boys doing good things and good girls learning how to be bad. With my husband as a pastor, I wanted to play on the Heaven Vs. Hell aspect with the names of each book. Ironically enough, Heaven Sent is the name of my husband and I’s song.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the underlying tones of my books are hope and strength. Whether you are facing down a cancer diagnosis or are faced with insurmountable odds, I want my female readers especially to know that they have a support system. Supportive angels are all around you and waiting on you to ask for help. Take their hands and fight back the darkness together I also want my readers to take away that darkness surrounds even the brightest lights, but its who we are as people that keeps it at bay. Be strong, be hopeful, but, most importantly be the person you are destined to be.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
Ah, there’s a fine line where fiction meets reality, isn’t there? Can any work of fiction be truly realistic? Sure! My novels kind of toe the line of realism. While Damaged as some real world realism attached to it, I would classify it more as fictional fantasy. Heaven Sent is more realistic in terms of the story line and situations.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The only experience that shines in my books is Evie’s battle with cancer. So much of her plight with the doctors and endless hospital stays are reminiscent of the 6 short weeks I watched by father bravely battle multiple myeloma. The emotions and underlying tones of the beginning of her story are completely based on my father’s care. I don’t know how many times I had to step away from writing those first few chapters. The emotional turmoil really wreaked havoc on my psyche.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I think one of the first and most influential books I have ever read was Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I’ve always been an avid reader and Gone With the Wind was the very first lengthy novel that I ever picked up at the age of 10. I know some of you might be thinking that’s quite a grown up book for a pre-teen, but I devoured it. Scarlett O’Hara’s character really resonated with me with her tenacity and vivaciousness. She was determined that her family’s home would survive the war. Even as jaded as she was about her romantic love life, she did was felt was necessary to preserve her family’s memory. Sure, she was a bit eccentric and her methodologies were a bit far-fetched, but she reached for the stars.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading through an ARC of Temptation by Brie Paisley. Brie and I hit the author world just about the same time and I love reading her novels. I highly encourage indie author fans to check out her books!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Most definitely! Geri Glenn’s Kings of Korruption MC series is absolutely amazing as well as Cherry Shephard’s Blaze of Glory Books! They come highly recommended from me!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Right now, I am beginning the process of writing book #2 in the Heaven’s Rejects Series tentatively titled, Angels and Ashes. Up shortly after that is two secret projects and hopefully the completion of the Damaged Series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My blog girls! Nikki, Brandi, Tiffany and Cherry has really helped me find the courage to write. I don’t know how to even measure the countless hours that they have spent working on reading my newest chapters or promoting my work. I owe everything to them!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Oh, I wish I could, but sadly, I think writing will be more of a hobby for me. Don’t get me wrong, if Hatchette or Penguin came knocking at my door tomorrow asking to sign me, I would leave my lab in a blaze of glory, but even I know that the likelihood of that happening is slim to none.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would change two things, re-work the dual POV dialogue overlap and to soften Hero’s heart a little bit. I’ve received some great feedback from readers and bloggers alike that I will definitely be taking into book #2.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It honestly hit me like a bolt of lightning and has been supercharging my need to write every since!
Well. All right then! Please keep in mind this is completely un-edited!
“I don’t give a shit about what you’ve convinced yourself is wrong with what’s going on between us. I’m not Brent, Darcy, and I’ll never be him no matter how hard you try to want me to be. He’s fucking dead because of this club and he’s never coming back. He may have been your husband, but he was my brother. It eats at me every fucking time you walking into a room and I have to fight myself from trying to touch you and make you mine because I feel like every nasty thought is a betrayal of his memory. Well, I’m done with feeling guilty and I have news for you darlin’. I’m done feeling like the asshole stealing a cookie from his brother’s cookie jar. Either we decide to figure out what’s going on between or scratch this fucking itch once and for all. The ball is in your court, darlin’ because I’m too damn old to keep playing fucking mind games and competing with a ghost. The choice is yours.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Honestly, finding the time to write. I wear so many different hats in my marriage and professional career that at times I have to shut myself off from the work to even get a few hundred words written.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t think I could even come close to picking a favorite author! There are WAY too many!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’ve mostly stayed locally for a few signing events, but in 2016 I will be expanding out my travel plans for Toledo, OH and Nashville, TN!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first cover was designed partially by Justin from Ready, Set, Edit. Heaven Sent’s cover was designed by the lovely Rebecca from The Final Wrap.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing the sex scenes. Do you have any idea about how much porn I had to sift through to find the inspiration behind the sex scenes in Heaven Sent? I don’t know how many conversations I had with friends about whether some positions were even possible. Hell, I could have made up a few with the stick figure position drawings I thought up!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned new things all the time! The biggest take home from Heaven Sent was dual POV conversations are a no-no. If you aren’t adding to the story by telling the conversation from a different angle, just leave that sucker out of the story.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep on writing! Sure, you may never write a bestseller, but if you don’t put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, you’ll never know will you. Another big piece of advice is to find a good editor and stick with them. As you work through each new novel, having a consistent editor who knows and understands your writing style will help keep your books symmetrical.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just a plain and simple thank you for taking a chance on an upstart author like myself. I never expected to sell one book let alone a thousand so from the bottom of my little devilish heart, thank you for believing in me!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Little House of the Prairie in the first grade. I was one of those kids that I think came out of the womb with a book in my head. I walked into my first grade class already being able to read basic books and by the time 1st grade ended I was reading at the 4th grade level.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Do you any of you have that one friend that finds stupid shit funny? Well, that’s me. 99.9999% of the time I have my phone in my head, I’m looking at some stupid meme and then forwarding it to all of my friends. I look for the humor in every situation.
I don’t cry often, but when I do, its like an epic flash flood. Sad movies, sadness in my real life, and soldier coming home stories are usually the culprits for the dam breaking.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Anyone? Like seriously anyone? Ohhhhh… hot damn.. Ummm…. Thomas More. I know, a patron catholic saint. Strange choice right? Well, I am a huge history buff and have always love Henry the 8th and his numerous wives (#TeamAnneBoleyn), but I recently did a historical look into my family tree. Ironically enough, Saint Thomas More is my 14th great grandfather. I would love to dive into his mind about the history of his day and age.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Oh a couple come to mind.
- IU Still Sucks (For all you Purdue Football Fans out there and why? Because IU sucks.
- Shouldn’t have buried me in a sweater. (Just because my husband is a pastor and he’d get a kick out of it.)
- April Fools! Now let me Out!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading of course! I love to bake and spend time with my family.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Ah.. another one of my vices. I don’t know how many times my husband has yelled from the living room that I had to make a choice on which show to not record. My favorites are Walking Dead, NCIS, Once Upon A Time, Game of Thrones, and the Big Bang Theory.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite color is definitely hot pink! My wedding was even hot pink! I love to eat steak and seafood! My music tastes are a bit different. I listen to everything from death metal to zydeco. Right now, I have a continuous rotation of Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas Island running my lab. Ho ho ho and a bottle of run, everyone!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I think I would be doing the exact same thing that I am doing right now, working in the cancer research field. It was my childhood dream to make a lasting impact on curing this horrendous disease.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes, I do! You can follow me at http://www.authoravelynpaige.com
Avelyn Paige is a born and raised Indiana girl. She may be a Hoosier by birth, but she’s a Boilermaker by choice! Avelyn lives in rural Indiana with her pastor husband, 2 spoiled cats, and one very odd looking dog. She’s an oncology research scientist by day and a writer and book review blogger by night. She enjoys reading anything she can get her hands, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Never intending to ever write her own book, the idea behind the Damaged series came to her on a drive to work early one morning thinking about her father who’d recently passed away. His strength during his cancer and rare blood disease battle inspired Avelyn to do something she’s never thought about before. She’s excited to see where this wild ride takes her.
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Danae “Dani” Espinoza is on the run and desperate to escape the demons of her past. Plans to hide out in a sleepy Los Angeles suburb turn into a pipe dream as she is drawn into the secret filled world of the local motorcycle club. Dani soon learns that her secrets and lies are nothing compared to those kept behind the clubhouse doors. Trying to avoid the suspicious Vice President, she must keep a low profile in order to survive. The trouble is he has other ideas.
Tyler “Hero” Tobias has simple needs. Being the Heaven’s Rejects MC Vice President, he has all three at his disposal. But he has his own ghosts that keep him awake at night. When Dani arrives at the clubhouse, he knows he should stay away but there is something about her dark beauty and the mystery that surrounds her that makes him burn. There are secrets in her eyes and lies in her smile and he knows he should put his club first, but Hero’s heart and loyalty are about to be tested.
Can an angel with blood-covered wings and the devil himself resist temptation or will they risk bringing hellfire down on everything that they love?
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As I return his gaze, my heart seems to stop and time slows to a screeching halt. There’s nothing else that he can do to save me. The only chance I have now is to trust that these researchers in their government funded laboratories have discovered some miracle drug that might give me my life back. I lean back into my pillows clutching the black and gold fleece Purdue blanket my eight year old niece, Shay, made me when my hospital stays increased to weeks instead of days. Touching the soft fleece helps my rapid heartbeat slow down and allows my mind to consider the options. I close my eyes and consider what I have to gain if I could through with the drug trials. It could help me lead a normal life if it works or it could take away the quality of life in the time I have left. I know deep down I want to live and this trial could mean everything in my battle. After what seems like hours, even though it was only a few minutes in reality, I open my eyes and look for my parents. They are both sitting in the blue plastic covered recliners in my room holding each other’s hands with their foreheads pressed together in what I am assuming is prayer. They hear the plastic move on my hospital bed as I shift trying to make myself as comfortable as I can with all the tubes coming out of me and they turn their faces towards me. The look on my mother’s face tells me that they know I’m about to make the decision that will forever change our family. A decision that I don’t even think they would have the strength to make on my behalf. I turn my eyes to Dr. Bob, who is still sitting on the edge of my bed waiting for my decision. It takes me a few seconds to realize that I hold the keys to my life in what I’m about to say. As I open my lips the tears finally begin to flow.
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