Thanks Helen for this opportunity.
Acacia, did you always want to be a writer?
I didn’t think so, but at 17 I wrote a short story in English class and always wanted someone to finish it. I didn’t think it would be me. Scales is the product of that short story.
What writers do you think have influenced you?
Johanna Lindsey, JD Robb, Jane Austin and Nalini Singh.
Some writers have a preferred writing schedule. Do you?
Yes, I like to write early in the morning – 5:00 a.m. before my children wake up. I try not to write past 10:00 p.m.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
In our home office on our comfy chair.
Is there one person you can think of who has played a significant part in your writing career? If so, can you elaborate?
My mom, when she gave me my first romantic novel.
How did you go about editing your novel?
I had it edited by Lori Zue and then later by Dana Ray Pomeroy.
Your book is published by New Libri Press. How long did it take you to find a publisher ?
I sent about 100 query letters to agents. New Libri was the second publisher I tried, and decided to go with them.
Are you also involved in marketing your book alongside New Libri?
Yes. It’s a little family there at New Libri, so yes I’m very involved with that.
What projects are you working on now?
Scales 2:Hope Mates
What attributes do you feel are necessary to be a successful author?
Patience because writing and getting published is a long and, most often, a painful process. Faith in the story you’re trying to tell and stubbornness because this industry is a hard one.
What words best describe you?
Do you have any other words of advice for writers about the writing process or the path to publishing?
Never give up. If you have a story to tell, tell it. No one else will be able to do it in just the way you can because it’s yours to tell. Always have a meek and teachable spirit as there is a lot to learn in the book industry. I’m just beginning to understand it myself and there are good people out there who are willing to help. With all that said, remember that the journey is your own. When it’s all said and done it’s your story to tell, so find like minded people who are as in love with your characters or mission as you are.
And Acacia, just to finish up, could you please complete the following:
At school I was … shy
When I was a child I wanted to be …a hotel owner.
I relax by … writing or reading.
More information about Acacia at:
Website address: http://www.acaciaawai.com
Vivian Blue is a dragon.
She doesn’t know it
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Thanks Acacia so much for sharing your writing journey. We wish you every success.
Helen Ross interviews Acacia Awai 18 March 2012 Copyright Helen Ross writes 2012
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