About Aislinn Kearns:
Aislinn is an Aussie girl that loves to travel and see the world. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, which she loved, and then went on to do a Masters in an unrelated field. She now largely pretends that last degree never happened.
She is the author of the ‘Soldiering On’ books, a Romantic Suspense series about ex-military heroes and heroines. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, watching action movies (particularly if they have a romance!), and fantasising about her future cottage in a forest. Now that she’s published, her next life dream is to own a dog.
What inspires you to write?
I constantly have ideas for new books floating around my head. So many things in my daily life inspire a musing "What If?" that might make a good book. So, if I didn't write, all these ideas would cram in my head with nowhere to go. Once they are on the page they tend to leave me alone!
Tell us about your writing process.
When I first started writing I was definitely a "pantser" (ie. I made it up as I went along!) I usually came up with the first scene, and if I was lucky I'd have a vague idea of where the plot went, and then I'd just start writing. Now, though, I try to outline first. I find the corkboard on Scrivener is great for this, because it's easy to shuffle scenes around until I'm happy with how it all plays out. I have to be careful, though. If I outline too closely, I lose interest in the story. For me, half the fun is discovering the characters and the story as I go! But I do want to outline, because it makes the writing and editing process much quicker and smoother. I don't get stuck so often when I don't know what comes next, and I don't have to do any major content edits in the second draft. (At least, not as much!)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do a bit of both! Sometimes the characters will tell me what needs to happen next, often when the plot hinges on their actions. But sometimes I have to tell them what to do – and mostly they listen!
What advice would you give other writers?
As long as your process works at getting you to write, it doesn't matter how anyone else does it. Don't try to change your routine or technique or process because you think it's the way you 'should' write. As long as you are writing, the how doesn't matter.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've always wanted to be a writer. For a long time I thought it would just be a hobby, while I pursued a couple of different careers. But I ultimately realised that writing was the true passion I always came back to. I decided to self-publish rather than go to a publisher because I wanted the control. I've heard too many horror stories about publishers giving books bad covers or no marketing, and there's not a lot a traditionally published author can do about that. I liked the freedom to change things up when I wanted, and to write what I wanted to my own schedule.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I wish I knew! I do think people will continue to move over to ebooks. From my own experience, print is becoming less popular. I'm excited to see what the next big thing will be, though!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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