Interview with Asia Tufinaj

A little something about Asia:

This is Asia. She is a self proclaimed author in her spare time and holds a special kind of passion with her hobby. At 26 year old, outside of writing she loves to explore, laugh, and enjoy family. She admits she is a full-on Introvert and can’t stand crowds, but she uses that side of her personality to watch people - using what she sees and hears to write about them.

Questions and Answers:

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

If I’m being honest didn’t. I would’ve never guessed I would’ve been a writer. As a kid I was always more drawn to drawing and still am to this day. but I had always been a collector of notebooks. Then one day I just started writing and thought wow I can’t believe I wrote this.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?

Between six to eight months at minimum , that’s if I have large gaps with no motivation

3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

constant collision. my mind is always on new ideas for my stories while working.

4. What would you say is your unique writing quirk?

My style of writing. I am no professional yet. Though my style of writing is very laid back. I do not believe you need to use large words you most of the time cannot pronounce to make your story or book intriguing for your readers.

5. Whether it be traditional, self, or story book apps. How’d you find the publishing process?

I have not published my own book professionally yet. But I am working on it. I have always been an online writer, so the transitioning is extremely hard.

6. How much of your writing process involves research in your subject matter or plot?

I would say about 30 percent . Most of my story ideas are from either past experiences I went through or someone else I know has been through, or something everyone can relate to. At most the things I need to research are neve large parts of my stories.

7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first full book when I was 19 years old. Though I never let the world see it.

8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I am a series binge addict. I love binging shows and watching movies when i am not drawing or cleaning.

9. What does your family think of your writing?

Oh, my I don’t let them see just how crazy my mind can be. they would never see me the same.

10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books (characters, location, plot)?

That I am more than capable of anything.

11.What is it you particularly like about the genre you write?

I am not restricted to one genre.

12.Do you have any suggestions to help others become writers? If so, what are they?

Believe in your mind and creativity and let yourself free within that. Whatever comes to your mind, write it. feel the freedom of no judgment within yourself.

13.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

No unfortunately I don’t but when I do. they light up my day.

14.Do you like to create books for your target audience?

Yes. I only right stories for an audience aged 18+.

15.What do you think makes a good story?

A story that follows the storyline and that I can relate to.

16.How do you handle writer's block and what do you tell other aspiring authors who may be fighting or fearful about hitting that wall?

There is no way around it except to ride it out and trust the process. We often try to fight it, but I honestly believe that Writers block is a way for our brains to tell us to slow down and rest.

Final thoughts:

Asia is someone that I believe in greatly. She wants so badly to be better and I admire that she sees where she can improve and works on it. We as authors - we tend to be the most critical of ourselves. I have never known any author to be arrogant or entitled. Asia is one of those humble yet diamond in the rough type of writer - because she so desires to improve. And I for one believes she can do it.

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