Guest Posts

Hello there my lovelies!

I had an idea hit me the other day, as ideas tend to do. While this is my blog/website I wanted to give other artisans (writers, actors, painters, photographers etc..) the opportunity to talk about things that matter to them. Sometimes that will be their art. Other times an experience they have had. Or maybe even something they are passionate about. So, once a week I will have a guest blogger! I am so excited abut this.

I will still be writing regularly. I even have interviews with authors, editors and (hopefully) a few literary agents set up. My hope is that this site can be a place that readers, writers and people from everywhere can come to get advice, read stories and maybe learn a thing or two.

If you would like to be considered for a spot please email me at aubrienixon@gmail.com

I look forward to this ride we are taking together! ❤

-Aubrie

 

Writing Questions

How would you describe your style of writing to someone who has never read your work?
Oh gosh, this is like one of those questions where you have to describe what salt tastes like. I guess I would have to say its very much a mix of all my favorite authors style. You are what you read kind of a thing. Sarah J. Maas has influenced my style a lot. Leigh Bardugo, Kathryn Purdie, Danielle Paige just to name a few. Really its just a matter of what style I am reading at the time that tends to influence me the most. Which is why I try not to read in the genre I am writing at the time.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write?
It really depends on what scene or character I am working on at the time. There is a scene in  Secret of Souls where two of the characters get drunk. So to prepare for that particular scene, I took a few shots and sat down to write. The next morning, not only did I have an awful hangover but my characters did too. For me, I like to know exactly how they are feeling, acting etc…. If I can’t relate or understand how is anyone else supposed to?
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you proper watch to with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I have a pretty clear idea about how most of amy characters need to act grow etc…However, some characters tend to surprise me. Two characters in particular come to mind in Secret of Souls:  Zadkiel and Chantrie.  I wont spoil anything, but these two changed on paper. I had a completely different idea for them in my head. Sometimes the characters just take on a life of their own. They write themselves, instead of me writing them. Which can be exciting. Its also mildly annoying. I’m sitting there like, hello! I am your creator! Obey me! Buuuut, they won’t. So rude.
Do you have a character that you are working on that you can’t wait to put on paper?
Muhahahaha….I do! I do! I can’t wait for people to meet this character. Basically if Ramsay and Jeoffrey from Game of Thrones somehow had a baby it would be this character.
When did you first become interested in storytelling?
I am a really good liar. I always have been. I always made up stories and adventures that I had been on. I even had this whole story where Daniel Radcliffe ( Harry Potter) was my cousin, and I used to handwrite letters from him and show them to everyone in my fourth grade class. The teacher finally called my parents to ask if it was true. I figured I should use my story telling talents and put them to good use.

Do you outline?

This question is always a little hard for me. I feel like each story I write my process has been different. With The Age of Endings series I knew what I wanted the last line of the series to be. Which has actually since changed to the last line of book 1 Secret of Souls. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to get there, I just knew that I needed to start writing. So I did. The story came out organically as I wrote. However, I have since outlined book 2 and book 3.

 

When do you write/do you have a schedule?

This is crazy town, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. But I spent over 6 months going over Secret of Souls in my head. When I finally sat down to write it I wrote it in 8 days. While working on book 2 and my other stories, I have tried to sit down a few times a week and meet my goal of at least 3,000 words a week. It doesn’t always happen that way since I have a kiddo to raise and I get distracted easily. But, for the most part I write at night or while the minion in at school.

 

Do you listen to music?

Yes. I listen to all kinds of music while writing. Classical, Irish punk rock, Halsey, Lorde, Panic!, Broadway. If I need to get in a certain mood for a scene I will try to listen to the type of music that reflects that scene. But other than that I am blasting whatever comes through my iTunes.

 

Have a fav writing snack?

Blue Raspberry Sour Patch Straws and Dr. Pepper

 

Certain space/place you write?

I write mostly in my office on my desktop. But occasionally I will head to my local coffee shop and write with my laptop.

 

Judgment Day

Judgment day:

If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

I thought one and hard about my favorite book. For book lovers world wide I feel like this question is almost near impossible to answer. Why? Because most of us have a numerous amount of “favorite books.” I know I do. So, I thought about the book I have read and reread the most in past year or so. And one book in particular came to mind. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Yeeesss I am a #Maashole She is one of my favorite authors. Her worlds are unique, gorgeous and full of romance and angst. All of which I am a huge fan of.77493_original

 

ACOTAR is about a nineteen-year-old huntress named Feyre  who kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged t a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

 

DUN DUN DUN…..Best book ever. And its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury aka ACOMAF is EVEN BETTER! Holy wowza. Like Legit the best. Ryhs ❤

 

So back to the original reason for this post. Would I still have read this book just based off the cover? The answer is no, I wouldn’t.

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I might be alone in saying this, but I am not a huge fan of any of the covers Sarah J. Maas has. However, I like simple covers with no characters on them. One of my favorite covers (and books) is Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie. Not only is Purdie’s writing

 

23677316-2phenomenal in her beautifully crafted dark and dangerous Russian-esq world, but her cover…oh LAWD he cover! I lust after it!

Isn’t it just gorgeous? Simple, haunting, eye catching and freaking fab!

 

 

 

 

Another cover that I am head over heels for is Red Queen (and its sequels) by Victoria Aveyard. LOOVVEEE! Again, its simple and eye catching and captures the mood of her book perfectly!

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See for yourself

Legit one of my other favorite books! See? I have too many favorites. Its so hard to narrow

them all down. However, these are def in my top 3! If I were to judge Red Queen and Burning Glass off of their covers, I would have definitely picked them up.

I feel like covers are different for everyone though. Most people seem to really love ACOTAR and its cover. I might be alone in my opinion. Let me be clear though, the cover and my opinion on it is in no way my opinion of Sarah and her writing. She is an amazing human with a HUGE talent. She is fantastic and beautiful and I love her to pieces. She literally saved my life. Story time….

I have a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1 of NF1. I have tumors that grow through muscle around nerves and bone all throughout my body. I live every day with chronic pain. When my hormones are being silly (during pregnancy or lady time) my tumors swell and grow and cause more pain. When I was pregnant with my demon (now 4) a mass I had in my right shoulder grew and began pinching a never in my spine. It was starting to cut off function to my right arm and legs. We opted to have pieces of the tumor removed so the nerve wouldn’t be so compressed. When I cam out of surgery my entire right arm was paralyzed because of how compressed the nerve had been, it was severely damaged. I was absolutely distraught. I had a 3 month old, my arm was paralyzed and I had MAJOR PPDepression. That, and my husband was about to leave for 2 months for Air Force basic training. I was very alone. I moved in with my parents and they helped me take care of my son. But it wasn’t enough. I was severely depressed. I could hardly get out of bed. And when I did I was angry, and scared and sad. I hated myself and my life. I wanted to end things, and thought about how to do it daily. I used reading as an escape because reality for me was just too much. I happened upon the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, in particular the prequel Assasins Blade. In it, the main character Celeana has literally had her life turned upside down. People are dead, she’s been betrayed etc…Her life is over. Yet,  even though she has all of this coming at her, she is still alive. One of the last lines in the book she says “My name is Celeana Sardothian and I will not be afraid.” I read that, and I began to cry. If this character who had been through hell and was about to march into more could face life with courage, so could I.

I recently got that tattooed on my forearm to remind me every day that I will not be afraid.

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So…there you have it. My answer to the dreaded Judgment Day question.

What are your favorite books? Would you have still read them just based on the cover? Let me hear your answers in the comments!

-Aubrie