Author Spotlight: Paisleigh Aumack
February 6, 2021 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
PA: I’ve always been a writer, but instead of stories, it was songs. Poetry set to sound is something that I am still entirely drawn to. I guess I got started when I heard a song that sparked an idea for a story instead of a song.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
PA: Well, the most rewarding thing about writing, for me, is allowing myself to go somewhere other than the stress of everyday life. These characters become so near and dear to my heart, that I want to keep exploring and that gives me a form of bliss not many get to experience.
Hurdles…goodness. I mean there were many, but it would most definitely be the block I had for almost 2 years. It’s extremely hard to get out of a block once you’re there.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
PA: This book, “Ruthless Renovator.” The heroine has a kind of smart wit about her and writing the back and forth between her and the hero was just so much fun. Then again, I love writing dialogue.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
PA: Start with “Ruthless Renovator.” I say this because “Love in Carson Falls,” although it was my debut, it is part of a series that is incomplete at this point. I’m not sure when I will finish it so I’d hate for readers to get upset. The reason it’s not complete is that after I published, I lost my mom unexpectedly. I had started book 2 in the series, but after that loss, I needed to go on hiatus to heal. I am slowly reading through “Love in Carson Falls” so that I can dive back in because it is time to go back to where it all started.
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
PA: I would love for “Love in Carson Falls” to be a movie…no scratch that. I think it would do so much better as a TV show on Netflix! I’d love for Amanda Seyfried to be Arianna and Scott Eastwood to be River! (sweet baby Jesus that would be a SEXY cast!)
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
PA: I would tell them 2 things. !- DO NOT GIVE UP! No matter who says what to you, if you are passionate about writing, don’t stop. People will try to chirp negatively in your ear, and some of it WILL seep in but you have to beat it back. 2- Find your tribe. Learn who is there to lift you up and stick with them!
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
PA: It would be Kristen Ashley because I want to absorb as much as I could possibly get from her. She is the queen of alpha males and it would be an honor.
CJC: Favorite motto?
PA: No day but today. (yes, from RENT!)
CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
PA: LOL. I try to play music super loud in the same vein that I should be writing in. HOWEVER, being blocked sometimes just has to happen. We can’t always force our stories because then they may not be quality work.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
PA: I have one word to describe this question. IMPOSSIBLE. I’m a writer so I am wordy. One word won’t suffice. LOL
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?
PA: Writing the damn blurb. Most of the time I just want to put “I wrote about two people. Check it out if you want.” LOL
CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?
PA: Harloe Rae because her stories are little movies that play out on the pages. And also, the lady just had a baby and is like mastering writing, doing videos on TikTok, and being a mom. She is #GOALS.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
PA: I am a pantser mostly, so it is a little chaotic. The music is blaring, the words are flowing, and I am singing at the top of my lungs.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
PA: I am working on an anthology, Reckless Outside Carson Falls (Book 2), and possibly a second Cocky book. But we’ll see about that last one.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
PA: I wish I could explain how much Christopher does for authors. He is a class act and professional all the way through the process. It’s so hard to decide to use a model on a cover these days but if I do, I know I can count on CJC Photography to have exactly what I need.
Also, I really hope you give “Ruthless Renovator” a try! I am so happy with how this book turned out and I want everyone to fall in love with Joss and Mac! <3
CJC: Thank you so much Paisleigh for featuring Dan an I on this project.
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