Featured Friday! M. Ainihi

M. Ainihi is a passionate independent author and adventurer. She hails from the wilds of Upstate New York and is currently residing in the Chicagoland area.

Ainihi mainly writes dark fantasy but dabbles in many genres. She is currently working on the third book in her epic fantasy series, The Blood Inheritance Quartet.

What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?

There are a lot of things to love about being an author, but my favourite part is sitting down to write.  The simple act of finding the perfect words to describe the images in your head can be intoxicating.

What made you start writing?

Writing has been a compulsion of mine since I was quite young. It wasn’t uncommon for me to take my books outside, into the woods behind my house with the sole purpose of finding a magical spot to read and write.  I am one of five children, so I think it was my escape from a busy household.
The act of writing can be very therapeutic. Until a few years ago, I only wrote for my own pleasure. It was my husband that pushed me to pursue publishing more seriously and when I decided that I wanted to do so independently he backed me up one hundred percent.

Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?

I believe many authors inspire me in many different ways. If I had to pin it down to just a few from early on, it would be Patricia Briggs, Edger Allen Poe, and Stephen King.

What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?

Just write. Don’t worry about all the technicalities. Get your words down in any format. The hard stuff comes later. The fun stuff should be the story. Just tell your story.

What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?

When you have gone as far with your story as you can go, finding the right editor is key. Be picky. Having the right editor will help you improve your overall manuscript, while also maintaining your vision. I prefer my editor gives me choices backed up by solid reasoning, rather than making changes. Of course, we don’t all have the same writing process, so my tip is to find an editor that inspires you.

What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?

I like to read books in almost every genre. The stories I write tend to be either fantasy or horror.

Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?

Kiami doesn’t like shoes. She much prefers the tickle of grass between her toes or the rush of the wind beneath her wings. She has an optimistic and bubbly personality and despite her flaws, she proves to be, selfless, brave and strong. I think she would be a real hoot to hang out with.

What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?

I removed something like 64,000 words from Lost. Originally, I wrote out all three POV characters story’s separately and I loved every scene.
They are three very different young woman and I believe it was helpful for their character development overall, but when I combined the experiences, I had to edit out a lot of information and many scenes that would have felt repetitive or unnecessary. Some of it, such as the bulk of Kiami’s back story will be moved to the third book,
Endow.  I came to realize that her history serves the reader better sprinkled throughout their journey.

If you could live in a book, which one would it be?

Rick Riordan’s world in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief seems like it would be an interesting place to be.

If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?

I would choose author Amy Miller (AEM). She has a knack for making the most mundane activities seem completely magical and from the interactions we have had, she seems very honest and opinionated.

Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?

No, I write what I want to write. That is one of the main reasons I decided that I wanted to pursue independent publishing. After I had been working with my developmental editor on Rise he had asked me what my plan was. He gave me two separate paths to develop my story, he said if you want a trade publisher to pick it up you will need more romance, ext… 
In this introductory novel to the blood inheritance quartet, a lot happens to the main character rather quickly. To me it seemed rather unbelievable for someone in her situation to spare much of a thought on romance.

What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.

I love my reviews. I appreciate every single one. I believe heartfelt, honest reviews are essential for writers to learn and grow.

Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?

A four-way intersection with no stoplights…

What’s exciting you about your next project?

Although I am currently working on the next draft of the third Blood Inheritance Novel, I am also excited to start rewriting and editing some of my older stories. The plan is to cut them down and clean them up for a book of short story’s entitled the warning.

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