What I love most about romance novels is the genre variety. Inspirational, sweet (aka no nookie), BDSM, Broadway – you’d be hard pressed not to find a brand of romance writing that didn’t exist. One of the hottest genres out on the virtual shelves is military romance – something Australian authoress Aislinn Kearns knows a bit about. Her Soldiering On series combines suspense and passion against a law-defending backdrop. (Psst: Her first book is FREE!)
Read on as Aislinn dishes about her writing career (which started at age 9!), her personal daily word count goal, and how a variety of dayjobs lead her to her true calling: the written word.
Hi, Aislinn! Thanks for agreeing to this interview. In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, thanks for the interview! I’m an Australian currently living in Qatar. I love reading, writing, perfectly made tea, crackling fires on cold nights, and dogs. Last year I decided that it was time to finally pursue my dream of becoming an author.
How long have you been writing?
I began writing stories when I was very young. I remember I was about 9 when I wrote my first proper story, and 15 when I started writing my first book (never finished). In 2013, I eventually wrote (and, more importantly, finished) my first full-length novel.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
It’s always been my passion. I’ve gone through many jobs, not sure what I want to do with my life, but it always seems to come back to writer.
Tell us about your latest project.
At the moment I’m writing the Soldiering On series – a romantic suspense series about a group of ex-military men and women who have been injured in the war. They decide to start a security company together to show the world they still have what it takes. I have four releases out – two novellas, and two full-length novels, with another three due out this year.
~ ‘I’ve gone through many jobs…but it always seems to come back to writer.‘ ~
Who is your ideal reader?
Someone that likes romantic suspense with diversity, but not any of the really gory or angsty stuff.
How do you create your characters and build your worlds? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m mostly a pantser, but I’ve been trying to get better at planning. Nowadays, I write chapter-by-chapter plans, but often they’ll end up with sections like ‘Hero saves the day’ – not very helpful when it comes to the actual writing!
Who do you consider your literary influences?
Oh, so many! In romantic suspense, Suzanne Brockmann, Lisa Marie Rice, and Jayne Ann Krentz. I learn something from every author I read.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The loneliness and frustration when something isn’t quite working. You can’t bug your friends forever wanting to talk it through!
Name three of your best writing tips.
- First drafts are often a bit crap – the important thing is that they’re there and you can edit them.
- A writing routine can do wonders for your word count. I aim for 1,000 words a day.
- It’s important to take breaks, too. You need to recharge your mojo.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Book 3 of the Soldiering On series (Zack’s book)
What are you currently reading?
The Troublemaker Next Door by Marie Harte
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing, keep reading, and don’t give up!
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