Guest Post – interview with Naomi Aoki

Who are you and what have you done with the Real Naomi? 

Hidden it in a box somewhere no one can find it… though just maybe one of my pen names is a play on my real name 😊

Where in the world do you live, and what do you like most about it? 

Small town New Zealand… don’t have to go far to see sheep and cows, but lucky enough to live close enough to a biggish city for good shopping.

Self-care, how do you look after yourself?

Read books. Eat chocolate. Watch anime or movies

What kind of music do you like to listen to? 

All sorts. I listen to everything: musicals, eighties pop, ninties grunge, J-Rock and Chinese pop/rock.


What genres do you like to read in? 

These days its any genre followed by the suffix ‘romance’ and the queerer the better. Favourites would be historical and political thrillers

What are you reading right now?

Sam Burn’s Wolf Reborn (Kismet Wolves Book Three)

What’s a book that you have on your shelf which you’re particularly fond of?

‘The World’s Greatest First Love’ by Shungiku Nakamura. It’s a series I’m yet to finish collecting, but has all my favourite tropes/character types in it: Second Chance Romance, Fated Love, Grumpy Character, Stubborn Character.

What book do you love to recommend to people? 

Anything by Anna Zabo (surprise, surprise) but also anything by Tal Bauer.

How do you organise your personal library? (alphabetical, Dewey decimal, what’s your system?)

Series and whatever I can fit on the shelves.


Creative writing as a teenager, did you do it? What did you write about? Can you remember any stories? 

Not so much outside of school work, the odd bit of poetry.

What do you do/where do you go for inspiration? 

Walking, reading books, hanging out the washing…. Inspiration tends to strike in the oddest of places often when I’m not really needing another plot bunny… but they really do multiple.

Is there anything you’ve seen passed around as writing advice that you really disagree with? 

Anything that says its a ‘rule’. There are no rules. Writing is an artform and any advice should be seen as a way of refining your work not making it conform to a universal ideal of what a novel should look like. Everyone’s style is different. You should develop the voice that reflects you and not mimic others simply because others do.

If you had infinite time, opportunity and resources, what’s your absolute dream writing project? 

I have an idea for a romance novel that tells two stories interwoven – one from the past and one involving their descendents- set here in NZ. But it isn’t a story I want to rush writing, so maybe one day I’ll get to it.

Any advice for anyone who’s struggling with their own writing? 

Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write.

Reading helps you to learn new ways of doing something, opens you up to new ideas etc. Writing… the only bad words are those not written down.

Do you prefer quiet, ambient sound or music while you write? 

When I’m writing a draft I like up-tempo music like Celtic Punk, but when I’m editing I tend to go for something a little slower.


Hogwarts, Narnia, Neverland or Westeros? 


If you were stuck on a desert island with one book, one music album and one podcast, what would they be? 

Just Business by Anna Zabo

The World’s on Fire by Man with a Mission

Pokemon: if you were a trainer, what pokemon would be in your team? (you get 6) 

Charazard, Pikachu, Poliwag, Psyduck, Slow King, Far Fetched

Kings: Crime Lords Part One

Kings: Misaki and Kristof are stunned when approached by their Boss to broker an alliance on behalf of the Omori-Vasilev Syndicate with a nearby group. But it was the terms of that alliance—marriage—which shocks them more. Neither wants a relationship, haven’t sought one in years and now they must convince the young heir of the Martel Group to choose one of them.

Dukes: Loyal to a fault, Demetri chose to remain in Ji-Hun’s pay despite the man casting him aside eight years ago. Despite his boss destroying any attempt by Demetri to seek love elsewhere. But will a brush with death change Ji-Hun’s mind?

Princes: Aidan doesn’t want to shoulder the responsibilities of his family’s business. Doesn’t want to have any part in his Grandfather’s attempts to form alliances with other groups through marriage. Desperate to end it, Aidan informs his family that he is gay, but he didn’t count on his Grandfather switching targets. Now Aidan’s world is being turned on its head because of two men.

Link: books2read.com/Kings-CrimeLords


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