Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I am originally from Atlanta GA, but now I live in DC where I work as an Assistant Professor. In addition to writing erotic romances I enjoy reading other authors, playing flag football, studying muay thai, working out, collecting and reading comic books, listening to music, scuba diving, and target shooting. I can never seem to sit still for long and I love being busy. But when I am not off doing some type of hobby I do enjoy volunteering as a mentor and fostering cats.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Hmm, I think I would be Isis. I love that she is feisty, no nonsense, and just a little dangerous!
What's your favorite genre to read?
Multicultural/interracial romances are definitely my favorite but I also enjoy reading historical romances.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Sit in my pajamas and write! During the summers the days are frantic. Sometimes I don't eat, sleep or shower when I am working on an idea or when I have a deadline. During the year I am usually up until 4am just trying to find some time to put my thoughts on paper.
Who or what influences you when you write?
My mother is who influences me to write. She is the reason why I finally committed to pursuing my passion of writing and she is who drives me and inspires me to dedicate all I have to following this dream.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Book Two in The Divine Series is coming soon. This is the story of Hades and Isis, who were introduced in Enthralled. I am excited about this story because once again it will feature a very independent, fiery heroine who just kicks butt!
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I try to read some of my favorite books OR I read new works from my favorite authors. Reading a good book ultimately inspires me and gets those creative juices flowing again.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I am working on a five book contemporary series titled Friends and Lovers. Hopefully the first title, Sweet Revenge will be released in the next few months. This is actually the first book I ever wrote so it is very dear to my heart.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Ooooh. I LOVE ultra masculine, dominant men with just a little bad boy in them. They are the perfect hero to me because they know what they want, they go after it, and they always do it with just a little cockiness. I think that is super sexy.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Do I! (laughing) Half of my day job is doing research which I find a chore most of the time, but when I do research for my novels it feels effortless and is generally an exciting process. Most of my research comes from books, the internet and talking to people-normal research activities. Although, I would love to go to another country and immerse myself in the culture of that place and do nothing but research my novel and write. I guess when I start on that epic novel..
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I thrive off of deadlines BUT I do admit that I get very crazy when they are approaching. Everything just shuts down for me. I can't do anything but focus on making the deadline.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? - In general and in you're writing career
As far as my writing career and in general I really just hope to be doing the work that I love, in whatever capacity that is.
What do you do for inspiration?
Workout. When I carve out space to focus on just me I find the inspiration to so many things.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I began writing a year ago when I was finishing my dissertation, but once I finished my dissertation I didn't look at the novels again. It wasn't until my mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer that I began searching for an outlet for the emotional highs and lows of taking care of her. My mom recently lost her battle to cancer, which finally gave me the courage to submit my work. My mother was (and continues to be in spirit) my biggest cheerleader and support system. She was a strong, courageous woman who wasn't afraid of anything and she raised me to be the same. I know she would have been disappointed in me if I let insecurity and fear stop me from submitting my work.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I really want to try my hand at a vampire/werewolf erotic romance. The idea of doing one just seems so daunting but I really enjoy reading books from this genre.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I usually just start writing and then once it gets too complicated to keep up with storylines, language and things like that I sit down and outline the chapters.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
My first published work was an academic journal article in 2004 J but Enthralled is my first published work of fiction.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I do! Critique groups are wonderful if you can find someone or a group of people that are consistent, not afraid to be honest, not afraid to accept criticism, and really understand the genre you write in. If you find a group that works for you and your personality then it works brilliantly, but when you don't it can be a complete disaster!
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I do have a website where readers can email me or read my blog. It is www.nadiaaidan.com
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Check out my website! I always post the latest news about me or my books there.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
My dream is to write an epic novel. I really love ancient history; especially Ancient Egyptian history and my dream would be to write an epic novel during that time period.
What would you like to tell your readers?
That I am an enduring fan of tough, ballsy heroines and I always try to create a female character that readers will respect and ultimately cheer for. I grew up on classics like Xena, Buffy and La Femme Nikita so it is a thrill to center stories around women that give as good as they get!
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice I have ever received was along the lines of "you are the only one that can stand in your way." At the time I really needed to hear that because it was so true! The worst advice was not "advice" to me really but it was a reflection of others' opinions of me and basically involved telling me that I couldn't do something. The worst thing someone can do is tell me that I CAN'T do something! I thrive off of a challenge and LIVE to prove people wrong. Obviously it worked because I eventually earned my doctorate!