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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Aria Glazki

Please welcome our latest author in the spotlight, Aria, as she tells us about her latest release and what she finds romantic.

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi, my name is Aria. Originally, I’m from Russia, but I’ve been living in the US since I was very young.  Most of my time right now I spend in lovely California.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest release is actually a collection of poetry, entitled Life Under Examination. The pieces included explore the gamut of interpersonal relationships, with a range from satire to heartfelt sincerity.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
In an idealistic sort of way, I’d love to be a dancer or a singer, but in reality performing is not my strong suit. The distance afforded by the page allows me to express intimately to my readers the way that great performers do to their audiences.
What trait do you find the sexiest?
Physically speaking, nice biceps are always a plus.  Otherwise, the right combination of honesty and compassion cannot be beat.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
The level of heat in my books is decided by the characters – sexually confident and adventurous characters demand more explicit, unabashed heat, whereas more timid or reserved characters are likely to keep their intimacy behind closed doors.  Characters with different approaches to sexuality may bounce from one extreme to the other while finding the sweet spot for themselves as a couple.
Are there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
At this point in my career, I don’t see myself exploring the world of S&M in my books. Some authors, like Laurell K Hamilton, depict that type of scenario and relationship very well, but it’s far enough outside my realm of experience that I’ll leave it to others.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
I think everything we write is informed by our personal experiences, but the particulars of my stories certainly spring from my imagination, not my life.
What’s your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
Just like intimate scenes in a novel, the perfect romantic evening for me is all about those involved, so time spent with the perfect man is my only required criterion – everything else can vary.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Nowadays, much of my time is spent reading others’ blogs, keeping up with social media, and marketing my work.  Otherwise, I spend as much time as possible with my family and occasionally make it out dancing or to local events.
Aria Glazki’s writing story starts with one of those clich├ęd beginnings when an English teacher encouraged her to submit a class assignment for publication. That piece was printed, and let’s just say she was hooked!  Since then, Aria has run a literary magazine, completed her Creative Writing degree, been published a few more times, and of course spent countless hours writing.  After a brief hiatus, Aria was a 2012 NaNoWriMo winner, which re-inspired her to pursue writing.   

Aria’s latest release is Life Under Examination, a poetry collection exploring the complexities of interpersonal relationships, which is now available on Amazon and on Smashwords. Learn more about Aria and her writing through her blog or follow her on Twitter (@AriaGlazki)!

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