Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
My Name is Ainsley Cole.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Ainsley: Western Australia
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Ainsley: I am a mother of four kids, three in high school, one in primary school. We live in a beautiful little town in the middle of a forest in Western Australia.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Ainsley: The first book of my Black Dove Security Series will be released soon (3rd April)
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Ainsley: I began writing when I was about eleven. I had been reading some of my mum’s fantast books (Anne McCaffery) and decided that I would like to give it a go. My first works were usually fantasy, but I have since branched out into other genres.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Ainsley: I believed that I first thought of myself as a writer when my first book became contracted, in 2014 (Under a pen name). That’s when I truly though I might be able to make something of the ideas in my head.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ainsley: I have always had an overactive imagination. I thought it best to get the ideas out and onto paper. When people started to read them, then I thought to take it further. With my series Black Dove Security, I always had a fascination with private security companies and what kind of trouble they’d get into.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Ainsley: Bones is the main male character in Black Dove Security. There is five books all up and each book is the character’s call-sign. It was easy to have a one word main title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Ainsley: Writing in the genre I am set in now is difficult because there are so many other authors with the same ideas. Trying to find a niche in the genre is difficult, as I need to find a very strong voice and hope it stronger and louder than the others.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Ainsley: The characters are fictional, but I am sure somewhere out there, there will be a group who does something similar. None of it is based on any real experiences.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Ainsley: No, I don’t need to travel. I am lucky that I can access the internet to do a lot of my research. Also, my husband is quite knowledgeable on hunting/rifles and if I need to ask questions on that topic, he is happy to help.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Ainsley: Cora Graphics. https://www.facebook.com/CoraGraphicsBookCovers/
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Ainsley: If anything, that people can change for someone. My character is extremely flawed (as are his team mates) and they change and twist themselves for the women who come into their lives.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Ainsley: My all time favourite author would have to be Anne Rice. She is one fo the first authors I was really struck with, because her writing is beautiful and elegant. I have almost her whole collection.
Another I really enjoy is Australian author Matthew Reilly. My mum got me into his books and my kids also enjoy his writing. He’s fast paced, and I love how he delves into the ancient myths.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Ainsley: So far, my friend Anna has been extremely supportive. We met through a group, when I was asking for some home-drawn covers. She has read almost everything I have written, and we have collaborated together on a project which should be released later this year.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Ainsley: I would love to make writing a career. At the moment, it is more of a hobby that is slowly gaining traction. It is hard to make a name for yourself at the moment in writing, when there are a high number of people writing as well.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Ainsley: I don’t think so. I am happy with Bones. He’s really grown into a great character. He’s loyal to his men and his company. The loyalty is extended to his client.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Ainsley: Research is key. If you think something is what it is, still research it anyway. What you might think is a blanket idea, is actually split into a couple groups and getting it wrong, can mean embarrassment, when someone picks it up.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Ainsley: Oooh… My main inspiration for Bones is actually a model. I have a board on Pinterest I use that has some pictures of what I think Bones and his team-mates/women of the series look like. My daughter sees John Krasinski when she reads it.
I don’t. I actually have yet to see someone from a movie that I would be comfortable saying “that’s Bones”
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Ainsley: Keep going. Don’t stop, because someone rejects your first manuscript. It just may not fit in with their company. It took me three years to get my first contract. It took 4 rejections before Bones was picked up by the current company. You’ll get there eventually.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Ainsley: There are still four more guys in the series, before it wraps up. Some people won’t like some of them, some will, but listening to all their stories and finding out what makes them tick is going to be satisfying.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Ainsley: I am currently reading “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Ainsley: I don’t remember the first book I read. But I do have a couple memorable books from when I was young. The first one is Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffery and the second is Trixie Belden: Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell. That book saw me owning the whole Trixie Belden series and then sourcing them when I was older, for my kids to enjoy.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Ainsley: I love quirky comedians. One of my favourites is Russell Howard. He always makes me laugh. I’m not really a person who cries too much, but watching videos of soldiers coming home to surprise their family is one of my tear jerkers.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Ainsley: I would love to meet Anne McCaffery. She is the one who sent me into the world of writing and I’d love to thank her for it.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Ainsley: I am a gamer. I love playing video games. I am also crafty and love to paint and colour in.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Ainsley: I love Marvel films. I am not a huge fan on girly/romantic movies and of my massive collection, I would say I’d only have about 3 romantic movies.
Same goes with T.V. I like action shows and my favourites are Taboo, Black Sails, Vikings and Strike-Back.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Ainsley: I’ve found my food taste has changed as I have gotten older. I’d rather savoury foods and can’t really pick a favourite.
My favourite colours are green, black and pumpkin orange.
Music. I have a vast taste in music, ranging from the 40’s to now. I currently have a 4 Seconds of Summer CD in my car, but when I write, I listen to The Eagles.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Ainsley: Oh dear… uh… Probably do a lot more reading than I do. Gardening is something that falls into the category of “more would be good”.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Ainsley: With my family, crying, making sue my kids know how much I love them and how proud of them I am. Making sure that my family is able to be financially secure.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ainsley: It was a blast. Now where are my extra lives?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to answer some questions.