Sunday, September 2, 2012


Today begins Day 2 of our #Fade Blog Tour and we have an amazing interview you. I love interviews. I am always thrilled to get to know the people I follow, especially the writers and authors. 

I originally met Ayden when the Team Losh cause was going on in the fandom and was one of the driving forces behind it. Since then I have always followed her and have been keeping an eye out for her going on's. 

Yes, I am a stalker at heart.

And stalking can definitely pay off. I am the first stop on the #Fade Blog Tour and I am completely over the top! Nothing will thrill me more in knowing I was able to participate in someone's success, if only a small part for  their promotion. 

Definitely puts a smile on my face.

Now, Fade is a phenomenal story. I know this first hand as I have read the except, I participated in Fandom4TwiFanG where Ayden donated the official prologue, and I have just this week received the ARC.

And again, a phenomenal story. I'll be sharing my review with you all in the next coming week.

So back to the tour. Today is my interview with Ayden and I am sure you are going to love getting to know her. 

Don't forget to leave a comment today or on yesterday's guest post which was amazing, to be entered in to the giveaway that will be announced tomorrow. 

On with the tour...

What kind of environment do you like to write in? Where and when do you write?

I love writing outside. When it's cool enough, I'll go to Pinnacle State Park, and write at the overlook. During the summers, I spend most of my writing time in my dining room, or in my office at work. I get so easily distracted these days, I have to have peace and quiet while I'm writing. Unfortunately, my husband has not mastered the entire quiet time thing yet, so I tend to do a lot of writing late at night after he's fallen asleep.

How do you find time to write?

I honestly have no idea! I tend to spread myself a little thin, and don't have enough hours in a day. When the words come, I pretend that things like housework and grocery shopping simply don't exist until I've gotten them out.

When writing: outline or as it comes to you?

I do a little of both. With Fade, for instance, I had general outline with important scenes that had to happen, but I let the story take me where it would between those scenes. Now I forget things so easily, I need an outline. It's kind of pathetic. I can be in the middle of a sentence, and as soon as I get distracted, I forget where the sentence was going.

How do you find inspiration when the words just won't flow? How do you overcome writer's block?

I really struggle with writer's block a lot these days. It can be so frustrating! But I've found that doing research during those periods can really get the creative juices flowing again. Going back and editing what I've already written helps, too. You just have to find a way to push through without giving up.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start writing?

Do it! You don't have to be an amazing writer to sit down and write. Very few authors have written a bestseller on the first try, and that probably won't be any different for you. The longer you write, the more confident you will become in your abilities, and the better able you will be to identify and work on your weaknesses. Make that your goal for now: learning how you write, and how not to write. You'll thank yourself for it later!

Also, take care of yourself! It's so easy to get caught up in a project and forget to eat or walk around. You will regret this later. Set a timer, and take a few minutes when it goes off to grab a drink, do a few stretches, or eat.

How do you handle negative reviews in the paranormal world when someone posts that they didn't believe the author's world or it wasn't realistic?

People have their own preferences and realm of believability. I know I can't please everyone, and that some will find it more difficult than others to get lost in the worlds I create. I try to look for something constructive in every review, and challenge myself to improve on that one thing. I may not always agree with what is said, but there is always room for improvement. It helps to remember that, and to view those negative reviews as a learning experience instead of taking them personally.

One thing you can't live without?

My family would say my phone, but I say chocolate. I hate talking on the phone, but I am always texting with someone. And every day must include at least one piece of chocolate, or it just isn't complete.

An obvious question, does sex sell?

Sex does sell. It's been interesting to switch from writing erotica to writing new and young adult fiction. There is so much more to consider when writing sex in a YA or NA novel. Finding a balance that's true to your characters without alienating your readers can be a little nerve-wracking! In the end though, I think it helps to remember that sex sells best when it's right: right time, right place, and right characters.

Ebooks are so popular and sell more than the actual hard copy, though I still love going to a book store. With that said, sometimes when picking up a book, the covers are so provocative that I hesitate knowing I have to bring it to the cashier, I find it easier and more convenient to buy the e book, no judgments. Some commentators have speculated that readers are free to read in public without the giveaway of a lurid cover, or that they will have less embarrassment taking the book to the cashier. Do you think there is anything in that?

I agree with the assessment. You might admit to your friends, for instance, that you're reading something like Fifty Shades, but you might be less comfortable pulling the book out in the law office where you work, or in front of your students in class. Ebooks eliminate that awkwardness and allow readers to pursue genres they might have otherwise ignored simply because of the stigma attached.

As an author, how much say do you have in the covers and what do you think of the more common saucy covers so popular now to attract a reader especially when they really aren't indicative of the actual story?

I've been lucky and have had a really great cover-art experience. The cover-artist worked hard to give Fade the cover I wanted, and it's been a really collaborative process. She sent me two different options, for instance, and everyone involved in the process talked it over and picked the best fit. She then tweaked that cover several different ways, and sent those along to me, my editor, the publisher, etc. for approval. I just love the final product. It fits the story so well.

Growing up, Fabio was on every romance cover ever, it seemed. I would read about some blond-haired, blue-eyed banged up hero . . . . and Fabio was on the cover. That was also such a disappointment to me! I still feel that way when the cover doesn't fit. Don't get me wrong, I'll read them, and some of the stories are truly great, but I like a cover to fit. Sex might sell, but at least make sure it fits, first!

Who was your favorite character to write? Why?

Arionna from Fade is one of my all-time favorites. She's strong and determined, but can be insecure at the same time. She's a little bit broken, but has this snarky way of looking at things that makes writing her fun at times, and a little sad at others. I love complex characters like her.

I also loved writing Mike in Rapture. He always made me laugh!

Which do you think is more important in your book, plot or characterization?

Fade is character-driven, but the plot is an important part of that, I think. There is so much going on plot-wise that shape Arionna and Dace, and force them to view the world through new eyes, I'd be hard pressed to say plot doesn't play a big role.    

What gave you the idea for Fade? I read the excerpt on you site and it looks really good!

Thank you! The idea for Fade came not long after my grandfather passed away. I was researching the plight of the gray wolf in the United States, and rereading the Poetic Edda when Arionna came to me. I could relate so well to her loss and experiences with wolves and mythology, I had to write her story. I wrote the entire novel, but felt like something was missing, so I sat the story aside for a long time. When I started reading through Norse myths again, I realized that mythology is the ultimate soap opera. There is always so much drama and backstabbing and betrayal! Once I looked at it from that perspective, I quickly figured out what was missing, and rewrote large portions of the story. Fade was officially born.

What about the research and what exactly are the Ragnarök Prophesies? I can't even say that word!

The research for Fade has been so much fun! I love mythology, but find myself drawn more to the Norse myths than to Greek and Roman mythology, so delving deeper into the myths has been less work and more entertainment for me. It's a lot more complicated than it seems though. There is so much information available on Greek and Roman mythology, but not as much on Norse mythology, so I've had to dig deep at times to find what I'm looking for.

In the Poetic Edda, a Seeress tells Odin (father of the gods) about the creation of the world and then prophesizes its destruction. The story she tells him is of Ragnarök (rag-nuh-rahk), the Norse equivalent of the apocalypse. According to her prophesy, the world will die in fire and water after Sköll and Hati devour Sol and Mani (the sun and moon), and free their father, Fenrir, from the prison Odin and the gods placed him in eons ago. Huge battles will be fought, with brother fighting brother, and many of the gods (Odin included) will be killed. When all is said and done, only two humans will have survived, and the world will be reborn into a beautiful paradise, with the god Baldr holding the reins.

In Fade, you'll be introduced to several different Norse myths (such as the Berserkers myth, Odin's companions in Valhalla, and even the myth of why Odin sacrificed one of his eyes to the Well of Knowing) that relate back to the Ragnarök prophesies in some way. In fact, Arionna and Dace have their own big role to play in the Ragnarök prophesy.

And my silly fun question because it always makes me laugh -  if stuck on a deserted island and you could only have one book boyfriend with you, who would it be???

Rain from C.L. Wilson's Tairen Soul series, without a doubt. He can transform into a dragon-like cat (so could fly me off the island), create anything I might need out of nothing more than the elements, and weave illusions to keep me entertained. It certainly doesn't hurt that he's an immortal (and pretty hot!) Fae warrior either. ;)

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 A.K. Morgen (Ayden) lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her real life hero, Courtney, and their three crazy pets. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and grand plans to save the world someday. When she's not writing, she spend her time teaching her niece and nephews useless facts, dancing in odd places, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart. She's a volunteer coordinator for her local Ronald McDonald House, and she helps care for her very special nephew, Aloshua. You can also find her dancing, hiking, reading voraciously, tweeting too much, and talking a lot.

Ayden loves weaving real-life issues (such as losing a parent, living with post-traumatic stress, etc) with mythical and fantasy elements in her work. Her debut novel, Fade, will release on September 7, 2012 from Curiosity Quills Press. Fade, Book One of the Ragnarok Prophesies, is a modern, romantic, and often emotional retelling of the Ragnarok prophecy (Twilight of the Gods) of Norse mythology. The novel is set in small-town Arkansas.


Ayden's debut novel, Fade, will release on September 7, 2012 from Curiosity Quills Press.

Fade, Book One of the Ragnarök Prophesies, is a modern, romantic, and often a very emotional re-telling of the Ragnarök prophesies (Twilight of the Gods) of Norse mythology.  

"When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him..."

"What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?"

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