Aiyana never expected that her life would change drastically.
After having a near-death experience and her company being attacked, Aiyana is shocked to wonder who would attack the work place and for what purpose. She found out that some classified chemicals had been stolen from Ihode Labs but despite the warning from the Head of the Company, Aiyana pursues her curiosity even further.
She soon learns that there is an evil brewing, nestled somewhere in Earth. Wanting to stop the threat, Aiyana never expected to do something that would be out of her league.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Aiyana is intrigued by an attack that has happened on a chemical company so goes to investigate, gets a bit spooked but gets something to look further into to discover what has caused the attacks. Then the building she works in is attacked. That is only the start of the adventure!
I found this story took me a bit to get into, but once I got there I was able to wiz through it quite quickly. There is a lot of action from the get-go and a lot of cool characters.
The seem like they should belong to one of the 2 major graphic novel producers. Extremely intriguing.
Definitely recommend you read this
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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello, everyone! My name is Ana Stanojevic and I recently became a self-published author. I’m an author while also working at another job as an RPE (Remittance Processing Equipment Operator). I enjoy reading and writing while watching superhero movies! And I’ve also recently started watchingKdramas, haha. Such as Hwarang.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I listen to audiobooks, surf on YouTube while also reading more books. I spend a lot of time on Goodreads—way more than I should, haha. I fangirl over books while also running a blog and bookstagram:pridepastelcrownwhen I’m not writing.
Do you have a day job as well?
I do! And I love it!
What was your favourite book as a child?
I really loved The Rainbow Fish and Love You Forever.
When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
It actually started way earlier for me, around high school. I would write stories on Fanfiction and to my surprise, I actually had people telling me that I’m a good writer. I always wanted to be an author but I actually never took a shot at writing a book until after college when I was 24.
What book do you wish you had written?
I like the book that I had currently written Fire Wave. It had been on my mind for quite a while. However, I am working on another series after Fire Wave. All I can tell you that’s it another Fantasy with a magical realism.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In all honesty, I’m not sure. My life has just begun but I do hope to continue to write more books in the future!
When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing Fire Wave #1 around last year of November and finished it within December. Of course, that was only the first draft that I had finished so I still worked on it before I could say “let’s publish!”
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I read a lot of Fantasy and I love Fantasy. I knew I wanted to write a Fantasy book but to my surprise, I didn’t realize that this book would also have sci-fi. I didn’t really planned on having Opsidia to be an alien but it just worked out that way!
Where do you get your ideas?
When travelling was a thing, I got the idea when I was on a vacation at Greece with my family. It was somewhere in 2019, I believe. And I started writing down ideas for Fire Wave. Thank goodness, I did wrote down the ideas because I would forget half of them!
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Oh yes, definitely! I try not to write when I have writer’s block because if I do, I start to write nonsense which I don’t like. And writing nonsense, it just doesn’t work like that—it wouldn’t make sense to the story which I’m trying to tell. So, I take a break and come back to it once the writer’s block are gone. I usually do the “two-week” rule: take a two week break and then come back after two weeks. And it works for me! I’m able to see everything with fresh open eyes!
Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m definitely a planner. I need to know what would happen in my books, otherwise things would get messy and I wouldn’t be able to tell what was going on.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Not really. Maybe except for Cornelia Funke and Becca Fitzpatrick. I loved Inkheart when I was a kid. It was my favourite trilogy and I loved the Hush Hush Saga. I do have favourite authors such as Kerri Maniscalco and Brigid Kemmerer, as an adult as well as Stephen King. It would be so cool to work with him!
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
One of my challenges were definitely finding an agent. I live in Canada and there weren’t many agents. Can you believe that there are only 30 literary agents across Canada? I was shook! So, I chose self-publishing even though I knew it was going to be a rocky road. I was lucky enough that after finding an editor, my editor was able to accept my manuscript right on the dot. Then, there are the matters of finding a cover designer—I can edit. I do have editing skills but they’re aren’t professional. But thanks to my parents, their friend actually designed my book cover! And the expenses! So expensive!
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Maybe not rush. I felt like I definitely rushed a little with my book despite taking a good long break from it and coming back to it. Patience is a virtue and you’ll thank yourself later for it. And if I could go back, perhaps trying to my novel a little longer than it is.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Kind of. This takes me back to my Fanfiction where I wrote a series of Spider-Man and his adventures. The new version of Spider-Man with Tom Holland. I felt so proud of that series but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to actually publish it because it is owned by Marvel so I just left it for Fanfiction.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Honestly, I’m still trying to figure this one out. I don’t really have a good marketing strategy but I am researching and finding all kinds of resources to make my book more known. I’ve worked with bloggers such as literaryfaery and heartof.tati (who are on Instagram) who were wonderful. Please check them out.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I’ve actually already written my sequel for Fire Wave. Of course, I can’t tell you too much but if you want a small sneak peek, I actually posted two reels that shows some of the sequel. Check it out on my Instagram: Firewavetrilogy. Not only that, I’m also working on a new special edition book cover for Fire Wave which I hope to finish it before March 1st as that’s when Fire Wave officially came out!
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
It’s mostly pure imagination although the inspiration behind Iron City is actually based off Toronto, Canada. I do have a website where you can check out for some of the stuff that been put into Fire Wave. There’s also another real-life inspiration such as the Royal Ontario Museum. I based off the Crystal-like Museum from the Royal Ontario Museum! It’s so cool-looking!
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The final battle between Fire Wave and Opsidia! I had a blast—pardon the pun. If you’ve read it, you would understand the joke, haha. I knew it was going to be a Chemical-based fight and writing it was so cool! There were a lot of research being put in because I don’t know too much about chemicals so I need to know certain things but it was still a lot of fun!
How did you come up with the title?
It honestly just popped into my head. The first word was Fire and so, I kinda toyed around the name until I eventually got Fire Wave.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I definitely would want to write more about Opsidia and her home planet—maybe I can write like a novella about her…The Shadow is also pretty interesting; definitely would want to work more on him.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write what you love! Don’t write because it’s cool or trendy. Writing what you love is so important because it makes you feel motivated—it certainly made me motivated when I wrote Fire Wave as I love superheroes!
What does your protagonist think about you?
Honestly, she’s probably thinking that I’m a weirdo, haha. And would probably like to have a little chat with me…
Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, his creator?
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
Seeing one-stars…hahahah….Which I take it as feedback instead of criticism. I’m only saying this because I wasn’t sure as to how to respond with one-stars but I responded with it very well!
What has been the best compliment?
As I just started as my author career, I don’t have too much compliments but one of them would definitely be where my readers saying that I can write.
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
Opsidia. She’s just so interesting and I would love to write more about her!
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would your characters order? Simple coffee or some complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?
I actually don’t drink Starbucks don’t much. I’m not really a fan of Starbucks—shocking? Like, it literally took me five years just to figure out the hype and I eventually settled on a drink that’s now my go-to: Passion Tango Tea with Lemonade!
What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I just write on my laptop at home while watching a few videos on YouTube. I’m not the type of person to go to cafes or libraries. But I do plan my stories on paper—it’s easier for me to outline my stories on paper then on laptop.
Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than other? Racy? Love? Action?
I would say action. Sometimes, it’s a hit or a miss with action scenes and I kind of just stare at the screen, hoping that something will come.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you for supporting me! Thank you for giving me the chance as a self-published author. Thank you for trusting me!
Is there one subject you would never write about? What is it?
Erotic. I’m sorry but I can’t.
Do you have any strange writing habits? Like writing in the shower?
Noooo but I do like to think about ideas while showering….
If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation – who would you choose for which character?
I would love for Margot Robbie to be as Aiyana and Cate Blanchett as Opsidia!
How important are the names in your book?
They’re important to me. I like to choose names that have meaning behind them. I did got Opsidia from Obsidian because I wanted a villain who would have powers based on obsidian so therefore, Opsidia was born.
Did you choose them based on how they sounded or looked, or was it completely random?
I chose names based on the sound and how they look like. I don’t like tacky names; I find them silly.
Do you have any name choosing resources you would recommend?
I mostly go on behindthenames website. I love that one!
Do you read your reviews?
Definitely! This helps me to identify what I need to work on to make my sequel better. It also lets me know what the readers want so that way, I can include the readers’ points in my sequel or for future books.
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
I respond to both!
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Don’t take it too personally. Reviews are there to help you. Take the bad ones as a feedback so that way you know what to improve on!
What is your best marketing tip?
You know the saying: location, location, location? Well, in this case, connect, connect, connect! Connections are so important and definitely engage with others too!
What is your least favourite part of the writing or publishing process?
Maybe editing. There are just so many things going on at the editing stages and I did feel overwhelmed and sometimes, it felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. Hopefully, with experience, things will get better!
Final note: Thank you so much to Archaeolibrarian for interviewing me! These questions were so fun and thank you for giving my book a chance! I do hope people will read Fire Wave!