Anna W. Aden, aka Bigga Day, is curious about other people and always reads their about page. Although she primarily writes short stories, she is branching out into the world of novel writing. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and eating good food.
I present, Anna W. Aden.
Hi, Anna. Thanks for allowing me to interview you. Being curious about other people is a great tool for a writer, which leads me to my first question. What do your fans mean to you?
Anna: In the simplest sense it means validation because someone likes what I’m doing enough to spend their valuable time reading my work.
It’s nice to know people are supporting in that way. However, I’m also realistic. It’s my stories they are fans of, rather than me as a person. If I changed genre or did something way different like sing or act, they may not come along on that journey. However saying that it works well the opposite way at times.
On the other hand it can also mean all types of different pressure.
Saying that sometimes fans are huge motivating factor. One can get bored, or have writer’s block, but then realise someone is anticipating one’s work – can’t let the fans down. You get to rockstar status. Look at JK Rowling, King, Roberts and Patterson who are like rockstar status…
“Rockstar” by Nickelback is one of my favourite songs, can’t get there without the fans *laughs*.
What is the easiest thing about writing for you?
Anna: Coming up with ideas. That is the easiest bit for me however, these rarely become stories. I learnt a long time ago that having an idea, no matter how wonderful, is just that – an idea. And turning that idea into a story takes a lot more work. I’ve notebooks and scrap of papers full of ideas – actually I’m in the middle of a massive clear-out, and I keep discovering half filled notebooks with ideas.
When you read your notes, what are your characters like? Give us an insight into your main characters. What would the main characters in your book have to say about you?
Anna: That’s a hard one. I’m currently editing my novel with the working title, A Baller’s Wife. My female lead, a sportsman’s wife called Wanae, would probably say I made her choices very difficult, so she had a hard time in the book, however she learnt what was important to her.
Wanae is very sweet but also a bit of a princess. She wouldn’t know the price of a loaf of bread or quart of milk or a jar of peanut butter. She is naive and innocent in some ways.
On the other hand, her husband the male lead called Owen, would say I’m just doing what I have to do to get things done. He is pragmatic and doesn’t really reveal his emotions. Owen takes whatever life throws at time and makes the best of it.
Sounds like some interesting characters. What do you think of “trailers” for books, and will you create one for your own work?
Anna: What an interesting question. There are so many areas to this question. I love watching them, and I think with some reader markets it may help promote visibility on some social media. Will I have one? Yes, I’d love to create one, but I’ll have to look into my PR budget. I keep having all these champagne marketing dreams!
To sum it up, yes I love them, I hope to do one, and it’s a marketing area worth watching as readers get more visual with technology and apps and social media.
Out of the growing choices for publishing today, what motivated you to become an indie author?
Anna: Creative control, flexibility and doing things at my own pace. I love my daytime profession and feel that going traditional publishing route may bring on time and commitment pressures and complications, which may conflict with my profession and other areas of my life.
So I think being an indie author I have the best balance, saying that I won’t mind being a hybrid author if the opportunity came up. But being an indie is mostly down to control and pace.
Great interview! Thanks for stopping buy and sharing.
Anna W. Aden lives in the UK. She also blogs and writes under the pseudonym Biggaletta ‘Bigga’ Day. She is a self confessed cakeaholic who loves a bargain in the sales, discovering London’s open green spaces, the occasional music concert and libraries.
And once in awhile she catches up on reality and youtube shows.
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