This month I was given the opportunity to chat with a
wonderful author who took time out to chat with us. So,
without further delay, let’s hear from
Did you always know that you wanted to
be a writer? How did you get started?
I've always had lots of fun writing
since I was a little kid in primary school. Now that I look
back, being creative was the most fun I ever had through all
my schooling years. It had always been a secret ambition to be
a writer and a published author but I've often used the excuse
of "never having the time" to start writing. Until I made the
promise to write a book and dedicate it to my muse of erotic
literature… and I always, always keep my promises.
Tell us some of your favorites (i.e. foods,
movies, books, authors, music, hobbies, and any others you would
like to share.)
Foods – steak, eggs done any way
imaginable, noodles, all desserts.
Movies – Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter,
Authors – Katherine Kerr, Brian Stableford,
Music – chill-out, anything soothing and
Hobbies – dancing, cooking.
When writing do you need absolute quiet in
an office-like setting or can you write anywhere?
If ideas are raging through my head and I
need to get them down on paper or on my laptop, then I can literally
write anywhere and any time.
Writing romance, do you believe in happily
ever after and have you found yours?
Yes, I believe in happily ever after but I
also believe that it doesn't just happen, it must be continually
worked on. And yes, I definitely have found mine – my muse and
fiancé are to get married this year!
How do your story ideas come to you? Do they
start with a character, a scene, or a setting?
There's no rule about how my story ideas
come about, they are usually sparked and developed by a combination
of the above and then I sort of think about how each element would
work with the other before I start jotting down a possible
What do you think is the most unusual thing
I would say that jumping off the
corporate-climbing ladder and into the turbulent soup of uncertainty
could be an unusual thing about me, although there are many many
others who have forsaken a more stable position to following the
calling of the arts. I suppose it is an unusual move amongst my
family who have all pursued stable, professional careers.
You write in the fantasy/paranormal genre?
Is there another genre you would like to try?
I just love the no-boundaries aspect of
writing in the fantasy/paranormal genre. I love the ideas of magic
and supernatural phenomena. At the moment, this is something I'd
like to stick to besides for trying out a related genre –
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and
what is the best way to contact you?
Oh, I love any kind of feedback. The best
way to contact me is by leaving a message in my guestbook at my
website on http://www.geocities.com/aleisha.browne/index.html.
What was the best piece of advice that you
received? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
The best piece of advice is that if you
want to write, get on with it! Many everyday things take up your
attention and time but if you are really serious about writing, then
you should shut yourself away for x amount of time and just get onto
What is your guilty pleasure?
Indulging in a chocolate massage at a day
spa. Well, that is the safest thing to say in a public forum, even
though I presume we're all readers and writers of erotic romance
When writing, do you plan the whole story
out before you start writing or does it develop as you write?
I have a rough idea of the storyline at the
beginning and I just get started. The little details develop as I go
Do you have a writing schedule that you
No, not yet although I'd like to. Like I
mentioned, everyday things get in the way at times. Self-discipline
is the key.
How do you promote your work?
I have had lots of fantastic tips from my
publisher, the publisher's promotions officer and several authors. I
promote my work by joining groups with the common interest of erotic
romance, participate in message boards and chatrooms, post excerpts,
promos and news about my e-book and have a website with a blog and
Is your family supportive of your writing
and do they read your work?
My fiancé has read the first draft of my
first e-book "Daughter of Man", so he has seen the full
transformation it has undergone. He is very encouraging of my work
and has shared the excitement with me of having my e-book being
listed in the publisher's bestsellers list for February 2008.
Is there anything else you would like to
tell us? Current or upcoming releases?
Well, just check out my website at
http://www.geocities.com/aleisha.browne/index.html which gives a
peek at the cover of "Daughter of Man" as well as its link to the
publisher's website. There are other interesting links and events
news on there.
I can't say
anything certain yet about future works but will keep everyone