Ariadne Wayne is the alter ego of Wendy Smith. She loves books and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Having always had a prolific imagination she now writes the words down instead of storing them in her head where she can't share them.
When she's not writing, she works in Telecommunications, frequently banging her head on the desk with the random things that can happen to the ordinary phone line.
Ariadne is a bestselling author on iBooks and All Romance eBooks.
Now, on with the interview...
ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
ARIADNE: Any of the CS Lewis Narnia books. I read them so many times!
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
ARIADNE: I can’t remember.
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
ARIADNE: I work during the day as a service delivery manager for a telecommunications company.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
ARIADNE: They do. I worried a lot about it at first and thought people would minimise it and make a big deal, but they’re actually pretty cool. Some of my male friends offer me plot suggestions (I don’t take them) lol.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
ARIADNE: Yes. If I get stuck, I find something else to work on. I’ve got a folder full of ideas that I go through from time to time and write a bit more on.
ME: OK, let's discuss your process now. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
ARIADNE: Mostly pants. I know where I want to get to, but I pants how to get there.
ME: LOL. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
ARIADNE: It depends on what it is. Some books don’t require much research, but I seem to have a few doctors now and that’s taken a lot of looking at medical sites for symptoms and treatments.
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
ARIADNE: I seem to write standalones with connections. Every time I try and write a standalone, it becomes the first in a series.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
ARIADNE: Random things. I’ve been inspired by seeing premade covers, TV shows, stories in the news. I usually get a scene in my head and write a story around that.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
ARIADNE: Maybe. Lol There’s that saying about not upsetting a writer or you might end up in their next book? Done that. ;)
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
ARIADNE: Most of them have a little bit of me in them. Vanessa in In a Heartbeat is probably closest in temperament.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
ARIADNE: I just pick names I like. Although that depends on the character. I changed a name once just so I could inflict revenge on someone.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
ARIADNE: No one character, but I do have a couple of redemption books, so trying to get readers to sympathise with someone who has done something that’s supposed to be unforgiveable is a challenge.
ME: I can imagine that would be difficult. Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
ME: What was your hardest scene to write?
ARIADNE: It’s the emotional scenes that get me. Ella’s struggle with infertility in In a Lifetime made me cry, and the book I’m working on right now was really tough (no spoilers).
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
ARIADNE: Both. It depends on what I’m writing. :)
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
ARIADNE: A cat because I’d like to just work when I felt like it and sleep the rest of the time.
ME: Cute. Time for a little advice to the budding authors out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
ARIADNE: Don’t stop writing. Keep going.
ME: That does seem to be a common theme... What are common traps for aspiring writers?
ARIADNE: Not believing in yourself. These days everything’s out there to help you do the best job you can and publish your own book.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
ARIADNE: I bought Scrivener rather than fighting with Microsoft Word. I write out of order, so it was a lifesaver. No more scrolling through one big file!
ME: Thank you for your time, Ariadne. We look forward to seeing you at RTC2018!