About Ayana Prende:
I’m an author of romance and erotica, who’s equally fascinated by love and the spectrum of male and female sexuality. I enjoy exploring the power, passion and pleasure that can be given and expressed through our bodies. And I’m intrigued by the tumultuous emotions attached to an act that is, at the same time, functional and self-indulgent.
I was born and raised in the south east of England, where I still live some thirty years on. I’ve been writing professionally as a freelance ghostwriter for more than six years, and have recently taken the plunge and published my debut novel, The Anatomy of Desire.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write, predominately, because I enjoy it. I don’t hold out hopes of changing the world with my work, but I create stories that I would enjoy reading, and I hope that others will enjoy them, too. Sometimes, of course, the drive to write is simply that there is a character who won’t leave me alone until I’ve committed him or her to paper (or, more accurately, screen). In those instances, it really has little to do with whether anyone will ever read it!
Tell us about your writing process.
My approach alters depending on what I’m working on and how a particular day happens to be going. Some stories come thick and fast, and there’s simply no time to sit and plan where it’s going – I just have to trust that it’ll get there without hitting a brick wall along the way.
Other times, I have a vague idea of where to start and where to finish, but the journey isn’t clear. And, in those instances, I need to plan. But I don’t use any fancy software, it’s just a case of good old-fashioned pen and paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
At one point in my life, I wanted to be an actor. And, often now, when I hear my character’s speak, it’s as though I’m performing the role in my head. It gets interesting, of course, because I’m playing all the parts, which can start to make me feel a little schizophrenic. But I’ve found the best scenes are always the ones that I could play out in my head, hearing all the lines of dialogue, before I even started to write it.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m not sure that I’m in a position to offer advice to other writers, but I will say that, if you have an ambition to write, then you should just do it. I think, far too often, we let fear of failure dictate our decisions. But there’s no success in avoiding failure, only in overcoming it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided quite quickly that self-publishing would be the route for my first book. I already knew a bit about the process through my ghostwriting work and, I think, at this time, it’s the best option for me. That said, traditional publishing is still something I would consider in the future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s bright. The move towards more self-publishing is, largely, positive. Although there are some negative aspects to it, such as a saturation of one type of story or genre – at this moment, it’s millions of replications of Fifty Shades of Grey. But in the same way youtube has created a more interactive form of visual entertainment, self-publishing has enabled authors and readers to get much closer, and that is, undoubtedly, a good thing.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: romance, erotica, historical, fiction,
What formats are your books in?: eBook