Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel Storm.
Hi Ariel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a self-professed bookworm, Netflix junkie, and all around story geek. I started writing as an adolescent and haven’t looked back. In my late teens, I picked up a paperback romance and my entire world changed. After that one story, I was hooked!
I didn’t write my first book until a few years later, but since I started writing romance, I’ve come to realize my obsession with love stories stems from my desire to shine light and positivity into what can be a negative, dark world. I’ve dabbled in a few different romance subgenres: historical, sweet, and even some ‘Fifty Shades’ type stuff. But ultimately, I knew I wanted to write something that was uniquely my own, and with characters that people like me (hopeless romantic with a nerdy streak) could relate to. It took me about six years of thinking, dreaming, and writing on and off to develop my latest series, Talk Nerdy to Me, but I think I’ve done just that with this series.
I’ve always been drawn to the brainy, nerdy characters in books and movies, and I’m a bit of a geek myself, so it only seemed natural to write a contemporary romance series around the characters who work and hang out at a nerd-themed bar.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Definitely not! Like most writers, I’ve spent periods of time suffering from the dreaded writer’s block. I’ve also been plagued by doubts. I also spent years juggling writing and working either full-time or multiple part-time jobs.
It feels like I’ve worn a lot of hats, from working in an office, a call center, as a newspaper reporter, and in public libraries. That’s also been a blessing, since I used that “different hats” approach with my writing. For instance, I created all the book covers and promotional graphics for my Talk Nerdy to Me Series.
But, no matter how difficult writing can be, and no matter what sacrifices I’ve had to make in order to make time to write, I always return to it, because writing is something I truly love to do.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I write contemporary romance. My author tagline is “Fiercely independent heroines. Unconventionally sexy heroes.” What I’m most proud of and what I’d like to be most known for is writing characters who don’t quite fit the mold of the traditional romance novel.
Romance novels are all about the alpha male. And of course, romance readers love their alpha heroes, but I try to write alphas in unexpected ways: do all alphas have to be Navy SEALS, cowboys, or billionaires? Those are fun, escapist archetypes to read about, but alpha heroes can have an artistic side, a sensitive side (that he only reveals to the heroine), or have a blue collar job, like a mechanic.
And the romance novel heroine doesn’t have to be a damsel in distress waiting around for her man to rescue her. She can take care of herself, but chooses to submit to the hero, because he’s won her trust and her heart.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I’m going to date myself here…but one Christmas when I was around nine I had a copy of the Sears catalog and earmarked it to the typewriters. I remember staring at them, reading the product descriptions over and over again, and just begging my parents for one.
They were a bit expensive for our budget, but I rationalized the price of the typewriters to my parents by telling them to look at it as an investment. If they bought a typewriter for me, I’d use it to write a book and make the money to pay them back for the gift.
I ended up with an electric typewriter that year, and I kept it until I was about 17. I never used it to write a book, but it’s funny to look back on that memory as an adult. I knew at that age that I was a writer, years before I’d even started writing.
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