Friday, May 18, 2012
Interview with J. Naomi Ay: Indie Author of The Two Moons of Rehnor Series
2nd Grade. My 1st grade teacher asked me to write a story for the 1st grade parent’s night. I guess she wanted to demonstrate how vastly more capable a 2nd grader would be. I remember I wrote a tremendous story about dogs and cats agreeing not to chase each other all in the name of world peace. I must have been a very perceptive 7 year old. My series The Two Moons of Rehnor began about 25 years ago and has been added on to, rewritten, modified and changed about a million times in the interim years.
What genres do you write?
The series itself is pure fantasy but other than the very strange main character who is definitely paranormal, it’s almost contemporary. It’s also set off on a different planet at an undefined time in the future so that makes it a bit of Scifi too. There’s a fair amount of romance going on and there’s politics and spiritualism. Too bad there isn’t a genre call “all of the above”. That’s where I would fit in.
Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?
Nobody. I wrote the whole thing figuring nobody would ever read it except me.
What's your latest book about?
The series basically tells the story of Senya, a very strange man who was created to be king of the planet Rehnor. It’s all told in first person narratives by the very normal, ordinary people who surround him. It also weaves in the stories of all these other people which I think makes it very interesting because there are a lot of perspectives and it’s very face paced. I have a relatively short attention span so as I was writing it, if anyone started to bore me, I would switch characters.
Which authors inspire you?
The classics – C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen.
What's your favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice…sigh.
Why did you choose independent publishing?
Because it’s quick and easy to do and I have complete control of my stories for better or worse. I write things as I see them despite which way current political or social winds are blowing. Of course all my stories take place on distant planets so they are not at all related to what’s going on here. Not at all.
What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?
Patience and remember that you do this because you love it. If it turns into a quest for sales and only sales, then it will turn into work and your writing may start to reflect that. If you write what you love and you have fun with it, your readers will love and enjoy it too.
What to know more? Check out the links below.
The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky (Two Moons of Rehnor: Book 1)