Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi! I’m Ariella Moon, currently from super-hot southern California, and I write sweet Young Adult romances and Arthurian/medieval/Fairy fantasy with romance elements. (Team Edward or Team Talfryn? My editor and I are on opposing sides of this issue.)
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
In the sixth grade, I won a national essay contest. That was my first inkling that writing might be a good career choice. Joining Romance Writers of America led to several contest writing wins, which led to my first agent. Later, I switched to an agent better aligned with my paranormal writing. After a very near sale to Scholastic, my second agent and I eventually parted ways. I ended up signing four book contracts with a small niche publisher. After gaining experience and confidence, and honing my craft, I self-published THE BELTANE ESCAPE, the first book in my Two Realms series. Once I regained the rights to my Teen Wytche Saga, I went from being a hybrid author to indie author/publisher.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release
SPELL FOR SOPHIA, the fourth book in my contemporary Teen Wytche Saga, re-released in May 2018. Now I am revising The Viking Mist, which will be the second book in my Two Realms Trilogy. I hope for a Fall release.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I love reading almost every romance sub-genre. Young Adult. Historical. Contemporary. Paranormal. Steampunk. (I am a huge fan of Gail Carriger and Shelley Adina.) A good mystery is always fun. I just read A.J. Finn’s, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. It was like taking a master class in writing. I wanted to highlight every sentence.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
I always advise aspiring authors to enter writing contests that give them feedback and have agents or editors as their final judges.
City, suburb, or small-town?All of the above.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?Dark chocolate so I can pretend I am eating a health food.
Alpha, beta, or both?Beta with timely flashes of alpha.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?Hamburgers, please. Darn! Now I am hungry
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?All of the above, but I will brake for brownies.
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Dogs. I am allergic to cats and find them rather spooky. I must have had problems with the Goddess Bast in a past life.
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Happy reading, everyone!