ICYMI Author Spotlight: Ava Jae!

Name: Ava Jae

Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Birthday: Feb 5
Number of books out: 1

-Is there an idea that has been stuck in your head that you haven’t written yet?
Actually, yes! There’s a book idea I came up with early this year that I plotted over the summer but haven’t had the chance to write yet. But since I just finished my other writing responsibilities, I’m going to write it during NaNoWriMo this year.🙂
-Are there specific steps you take when you write? Ex: Is it planned or spontaneous?
I am definitely a plotter, so I always always fully outline a book idea before I start writing. I also like to write a short elevator pitch before I start writing to keep me on target as I draft, and most recently I’ve begun writing a full synopsis as I plot, which I’ve found helpful and fun. Once all of that is done, then I begin first drafting. 
-How long does it take for you to write a book?
It varies, but usually somewhere between three and six weeks to first draft. Revisions, however, take longer because I do multiple rounds of trading with critique partners and beta readers to make sure my manuscript is as polished as it can be before I send it off to my agent. 
-What are you currently working on?
Well I just finished revising Into the Black, which is Beyond the Red’s sequel, so now I’ll be re-acquainting myself with my NaNo project and filling in any minor details I need to work out before NaNoWriMo begins.🙂

-What book/s are you reading now?
I’m finishing up my Six of Crows re-read before diving into Crooked Kingdom! 
-Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have a Yorkie. His name is Tye and he’s my buddy.
-What is your favorite holiday? Why?
Christmas! I love everything about Christmas—the winter and potential for snow, how festive it gets everywhere, the nice dinner with my family, the presents…I will never tire of Christmas.🙂
-What music do you listen to?
A lot of rock, but also alternative and upbeat stuff. Some of my faves include Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, Muse, MIKA, Maroon 5, WALK THE MOON, and most recently Enrique Iglesias. 

My debut, Beyond the Red, a YA Sci-Fi about a violent uprising on a distant, alien planet that threatens the reign of a teen alien queen is out now! It’s the first of a trilogy, and the sequel, Into the Black will be out next Fall. 




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