Lorehaven Book Clubs Interview – Part 3

Hi again,
Today is the third and final part of my interview with Lorehaven Book Clubs. And I’ll talk about some of my writing habits and hopes.
I hope some of you have picked up a copy of “The White Forest” as part of this Lorehaven Book Clubs event. No worries if you haven’t, there’s still plenty of time to join Ayron on his adventures!
Thank you for your continued support!
Until next time!
Aviya Carmen


Lorehaven Book Clubs Interview – Part 3

Lorehaven: Where do you like to write?

Aviya: At home, in my room. I like to write in peace with music playing in the background. And sometimes, I write in complete silence.


Lorehaven: When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

Aviya: I think this was always something in the back of my mind. I started writing at a young age and continued throughout high school. Somehow, it was never in my mind that ‘writer’ or ‘author’ were actually professions that people could pursue. And during my early Ph.D. years, I started writing several novels. And that’s when I was certain that writing was my calling in life.


Lorehaven: What are some of the strongest influences on your writing?

Aviya: This is a very difficult question for me, because I get my inspiration from a wide range of sources. I’ll list some of the most important ones here, you might laugh because they sound quite random. English, French and Russian Christian literature, Japanese Anime and manga, the Bible and the lost books of the Bible, other religious literature like Rumi and ‘The Prophet’, literature from ancient civilisations.


Lorehaven: In what ways does your faith impact how you approach writing?

Aviya: This is another difficult question. I think my faith impacts my life more so than my writing. But then, writing is an important part of my life so it reveals my faith. I like to write in a light and humorous style, whenever possible. Life is already tough enough as it is, so I like to bring some joy to people through my writing.


Lorehaven: I noticed that you also make artwork for your book(s). Have you been drawing for a while or did you learn it to accompany your writing?

Aviya: Haha, this is an easy question. I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. I didn’t pursue it in University because I didn’t believe in myself enough to be able to make a living off of it. So it was put on hold for several years. But ever since I started writing novels, this skill came in handy again. 🙂

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