Meet The Author: Ava Hayes
Ava is a college student from the Midwestern United States. Her hobbies include playing guitar, travel, baking, and of course writing. Even before she could write she was making up stories and creating characters. She loves genre fiction that incorporates elements of her deepest fantasies. She finds trans and feminization themes especially exciting.
When did you start writing erotic books and what was your inspiration for it?
I used to write all kinds of stories in high school and early college but I could never finish anything. Most of it was long and overwrought and trying too hard to be deep. My freshman year of university I started reading shorts on amazon and I decided to write some light erotic fiction almost just as an exercise to not take writing so seriously and have fun and of course write something that excited me.
What was the first book that you wrote?
I believe the first story I actually finished was a never published short about a girl who gets invited to a Shifter Halloween party. Those books were big at the time and I was reading a lot of them!
Why did you decide to become an author?
I’ve always liked writing, but I never imagined myself actually writing for a living. It seemed like an impossible dream. And then Dana Savage who I knew through a mutual friend read some of my work and told me to self-publish it and I just kind of fell into it from there.
What has been the high point of your career?
It’s difficult to choose one, but maybe getting those first few 5 star reviews and supportive emails when I was just starting out and realizing that people actually do like what I’m writing.
What are your favourite stories to write?
Obviously by their nature transformation stories are already quite fantastical but I like it when I really get to lean into the sci-fi and fantasy elements.
What is your favorite book that you have written?
My answer for this is always changing, but as of right now I would say one of my newer ones: Switched With My Secretary.
Do you have a writing routine?
I always write first thing in the morning when I wake up. That’s the only time when you can surprise yourself. After an hour or so I get up and make coffee and feed my cat and get ready for the day, but I write before anything else.
Do you enjoy hearing from readers?
Which authors inspire you?
Too many to name, DL Savage, Nikki Crescent, Jane Futa, and basically anything I’m reading at the time. I’m currently reading Rabbit, Run by John Updike so a story set in a depressing small town in Pennsylvania may be on the way…
How much of your work is based on personal experience versus fantasy?
90% fantasy but it would be very difficult to write without some personal experience creeping in…
Do you friends and family know that you are an erotic author? If so, how did they react when they found out?
Some do, some don’t. It’s not a secret or anything but also it’s on a case by case basis. I get mixed reactions. Most people simply don’t believe that this is a real job!
What is your best selling book, and do you know why it sells so well?
My best selling book of all time was one called The Wish. I can’t quite explain it but I knew at the time I was writing it that it was going to be popular. It just had this fun punchy energy that can be difficult to capture and I thought the premise was pretty unique in terms of what The Wish actually was and how it affected the MC.
What mistakes have you made in your career?
Long periods of inactivity and inconsistent publishing schedule. Life gets in the way and sometimes you can’t always write as frequently as you want to, but I still wish I had made more time for it even when it was hard to do.
What have been your personal triumphs?
Making enough money to support myself.
What’s the best thing about writing erotica for you?
Besides the work itself I would say being my own boss. One day last week I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated so I just went to see a movie by myself at noon. I like being able to do that.
What advice would you offer a writer who wants to embark or a successful erotica career?
Be consistent and write every day. Writing erotica is a craft just like anything else and if you want to get good you just have to keep at it. It’s a lot of fun though so it’s not too difficult to stay motivated.