Today I have for you an interview with Ariana Zamora! I asked her a few questions about her debut and what her experience was like writing her novel! Check it out and the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post too!
Hey Ariana! Thanks for "stopping by" today!
Just to start us off, Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm just a girl who wrote a book. I'm not special and I'm not
brilliant. I just love to write. I'm passionate, and witty, and a
veteran of the United States Navy. Writing got me through the hard
times, and I feel blessed to be able to share my work with the world.
I hear you just recently released your debut! Can you tell us a
little bit about it?
Oh jeeze, this question is always super embarrassing for me. My friend,
Amy, asked me this same question, and I blushed then, too. Writing is
personal for me. Asking me what I wrote about is like asking me what
color undies I've got on. I can't explain it, but it's the honest
truth of how I interpret this question. Haha!
I can throw my book out into the world, no problem, but ask me a
question about it and I panic!
Well, the dreamer is about a young girl named Anjaleena Jamison who
has suffered from night terrors all her life. After her grandmother
passes away, Leena discovers that she isn't the only one in her family
that has bad dreams...
Her grandmother secretly owned property in a small town called Myrtle
Creek in Oregon, and Leena's parents feel it's a good idea for the
family to get a fresh start. So they move.
Well, it turns out that the property happens to be a very old, very
haunted manor in which a man named Julian Bennett resides.
What's so special about him? Well...he's dead...and he doesn't know
how he came to be that way. Julian's a century and a half year old
ghost who Leena happens to be able to see. What she doesn't
understand is that her dreams are a huge reason why she can see
him...and why she is there. It wasn't coincidence.
Anyway, Julian asks Leena to help him solve the mystery of his death
so that he may "cross over" to rest peacefully in his afterlife. Of
course, being of sound mind and all, Leena accepts the challenge of
solving the mystery and is then thrown into the past...literally. What
does this mean? Well, you'd better read it to find out!
Where did the idea for The Dreamer come from?
Actually, I was home alone one night a couple years ago, and I was
getting kind of creeped out by my old apartment. It was making weird
sounds, and I was becoming more paranoid by the hour. By three o'clock
in the morning I lay restless in bed, freaking myself out by thinking,
"Man, I really hope there isn't a ghost in my room...oh, crap...I bet
there is a ghost in my room...Well...if there IS a ghost in my room,
he'd better be cute, at least..."
Paranoia mixed with lack of sleep got the wheels in my head turning,
and, thus, THE DREAMER was born!
When did you start writing The Dreamer and what made you start writing it?
I started writing THE DREAMER a couple years ago. It was called
something else back then, but I won't even bother you with the
stupidity of the title...it was bad, trust me.
I really got into the story, and then gave up on it halfway through.
I was getting out of the Navy at the time, and I just didn't have the
time to dedicate to writing like I wanted to.
Well, two months ago, I found this forgotten little file on my
desktop. I clicked on it, and was thrown back into my writing
immediately. I did a major overhaul, completely re-doing the story
line and characters, and was quite satisfied with how it turned out.
What is one thing that surprised you during the writing process?
I was surprised with how quickly my storyline changed. While beginning
my writing, I had no idea where the story was going to go - besides
the general idea of scenarios and characters. I mention one thing on
my word processor and my brain just took off on a rampage. It was
actually kind of neat.
Did you start out with an outline?
I didn't start with an outline. I let my mind wander and do whatever
it saw fit with the characters and story. After I had a good solid
feel for the characters and where the story was heading, I sat down
with my sister and we wrote the ending outline. It made the writing a
Did you finish with that outline?
I did, more or less.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My office is the best place to write. It has a large window that
catches an excellent breeze. It's quite peaceful, too, except for when
my husband decides to barge in and throw off my groove.
What is one thing you learned during this process?
I learned not to set deadlines and not to fly by the seat of my pants.
It takes a lot less time to write a book if I'm not constantly going
back and revising in order for the story to make sense. So I've
decided that an outline is my friend! I've also come to find out that
setting a deadline is like putting an expiration date on something. I
feel rushed and that's not good when I'm trying to put my best work
out there...how can it be my best work if it was rushed? No more
Are you currently working on something?
I am! I'm working on the next book in THE DREAMER SERIES, actually.
It's been great fun to write so far. I can't wait to be able to share
that one with you, too!
Thanks for coming by and taking the time to answer all my questions!
I can't wait to read The Dreamer!
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