About Aubrey Cara:
Aubrey Cara likes it sweet n’ dirty—romance that is. She adores writing about kinky characters finding their one true naughty soul mate to love, cherish, and get freaky with. Aubrey resides of the U.S. coast with her wonderful husband, superhero kid, two hand-me-down dogs, and a fish that has survived against all odds.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by life and fiction all around me. I love reading, but I also love hearing about peoples lives, their struggles, their triumphs, the things that turn them on, and those funny, stupid everyday embarrassing things that happen to them. When I read a story or when I see, even a stranger on the street, I have a drive to want to know more. My mind automatically starts bubbling with ideas and stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
When it comes to starting a book I’m a pantster. I’ll have notes everywhere, from the notebook next to my bed, to scraps of paper in my purse, to the notepad on my phone. Anything that comes to my mind for a particular story, or an insight into the plot or character development goes into those notes. From there I write. I often do a very loose outline, hand written in a notebook, but honestly it usually goes right out the window once I get into the story. My characters have a habit of taking over and telling me what’s going to happen. I still like having it as a guide if the story veers too far off track.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The further I get into the story the more I get to know my characters. They really take on a life of their own. I know what kind of food they like, what’s in their closet, what kind of soap they use, their inner most hopes, dreams, and disappointments. I’m not sure if they talk to me, as much dictate how things play out. I’ll want to go one direction, but the story will stall out until I get on board with how they want it to go.
If readers think they are crazy for talking about fictional characters like they’re real people, then they can imagine how nuts we authors feel. We’re getting the live feed from fictional characters, around the clock.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’ve always loved to write. Since I was around seven, I would fill journals with young angst and made up stories. Writing is some of the best therapy there is. You can hate it as much as you love it. It can pull you apart, and put you back together. No matter what you write.
Write crap, or write something brilliant. It doesn’t matter. Turn off the inner critic, and just write. And know that for every head to desk moment, there is a spectacular fist in the air moment, if you just keep going.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I published my first book, I went off the beaten path and decided against indie or a big publisher. It was a hard decision. There is security in going with a well known publisher with its own audience. There is also a very nice freedom in going indie and having all the rights to your books. Indie can also be daunting because it’s all on you. I could have gone either way. Instead, I went with a very new publisher who presented me with an awesome contract, and the ability to make my own choices. It was the right fit for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think indie books are going to continue to rise, but publishing houses are going to continue to be important. I love publishing houses and think there will always be us authors who love and appreciate the things they do. One of the things we should be watching is Kindle Scout. If you’ve never heard of it, look it up. I find it fascinating, yet a tad worrisome that Amazon is becoming a full fledged publisher.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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