Welcome to BRB, everyone! What are your plans for the weekend? Mine are chaotic as usual. I have to drive through the mountains tomorrow (in the snow) to my parents. Not looking forward to the actual driving part, but the view is stunning. If I can, I'll post some pictures on my next FFAF. Leading us into the weekend, my guest today is horror, thriller, and romance author Alan Nayes. Alan has been at BRB before. he's a wonderful man with exceptional talent! Welcome, Alan.
What genre do your currently write? And, is there a genre you'd like to write, but haven't tried yet?
Blak, I just completed a paranormal romance, THE LEARNER. I’ve always wanted to attempt a story about an alien who visits Earth and falls in love with a human. I also write in other genres, including thrillers and horror. I’m less concerned about picking a particular genre for my story but rather I write whatever story idea grabs me.
Many authors use a nom de plume, and they may use one opposite to their own sex. Do you think an author's sex or sexual orientation should dictate what genre they write?
Definitely not, just like an author’s internal character should not dictate what type of characters they create—I’m not a murderer but I’ve had a few characters killed in my stories.
Some authors have issues with character development, writer's block, plot summary etc. What is the biggest challenge you face when writing? How do you overcome the problem?
Blak, my biggest problem is mainly making myself write every day. It’s difficult at times, especially when I’m not in the “creative mood”.
What has been the single most successful marketing tool you've used to date?
For sure, it’s putting out more material. I think the best thing I can do to market my product is to put out the best story I can write—and more of them
What are you currently reading?
Stephen King’s 11/23/63.
How do you measure success?
For me that’s simple—sales. Sales let me know how well my stories are being received.
Just for fun–
What is your favorite drink? Baileys and also Butterscotch Schnapps. (Awesome! I love Baileys) *smiles*
Are you a cat or dog person? Dog.
Love or lust? Lust never fails to feel good. Love sometimes hurts like hell.
If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why?
That’s a tough one—so many good authors out there. Maybe J K Rowling or Suzanne Collins. Man, those two women can generate sales.
If you could indulge free of any consequences, what would be your ultimate sexual fantasy?
Fall in lust, then in love with one woman who will remain by my side the remainder of my life. Damn, does that sound boring or what—but it’s true.
Author Website: http://anayes.com/
NayéLi has come from the dark side of the universe to learn as much as she can about the third planet from the sun, and to communicate her findings back to her home world. NayéLi is a venøsó - a Learner - and on Earth she assumes the form of a young female of the indigenous host species.
NayéLi is bound by her rulers’ laws of planetary exploration, which state that there can be no involvement with a member of the host species. But NayéLi is more human now than she realizes. And she is about to fall in love.
He is coming for me.
I have no clue how I know this—a premonition has never happened to me in this manner before—I just do. My species is powerful. Far more powerful than my hosts; nevertheless, we are unable to read minds, nor can we predict the future. Still, the perception that I am about to be discovered is undeniable.
If I hadn’t been on this particular bus, none of what’s about to happen would be affecting me. And if I hadn’t passed out, he never would have found me. For one of only a few times during my IY§UN, or sojourn, here on Earth, I experience a profound unease. Even fear. And intense unremitting pain.
He is going to find me. This is inevitable. I’m unable to move. Escape, impossible. I’m too incapacitated. Yet somehow I must save myself, preserve my being; otherwise, I’ll be forced to leave before my time here is done.
I have no choice, I tell myself. My rulers would order, “NayéLi, leave your body.”
And I would say, “No.”
Let him find me.
What concerns me most, though, more than being discovered, is that I harbor no inkling of what will happen next.
Just that it will change...everything!
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Thank you for stopping by, Alan! All the best for the future. ~ Blak Rayne