Background and Major Influences:
"Reach for the furthest star you can imagine, and you will get at least half-way there." I was told that when I was 14 and have used it to guide me.
I've always wanted to be a writer ever since I can remember, even before I knew how to read. I viewed every experience I had as fodder for the books I knew I was going to write someday and memorized the emotions I had when that experience occurred. Because schools didn't offer creative writing, I took journalism classes, figuring that writing was writing. Putting my training to work, that's how I started out, by doing my college internship at the Galveston Daily News, then branching out, doing freelance work for every newspaper and magazine I could find.
When I got married, I continued freelancing, and while our daughter was growing, managed to get 30 or so articles published in various publications.
But it wasn't until I got sick after our daughter was grown that I had the time I wanted to write novels. After I completed my first novel, I was so afraid it wouldn't get published, that I stalled sending it out until my daughter came home one week-end and while I was asleep, read it and told me outright to get it published. UNWILLING KILLERS received rave reviews, and gave me the confidence to continue writing and sending out each and every one.
I have four published novels so far, writing ghost stories as Ayn Hunt and sexy romances as Ayn Amorelli. My last romance, CONTRACT BRIDE, published by BlackVelvetSeductions.com was a best seller at Fictionwise.com for 6 consecutive weeks.
I have since completed my 5th novel, A Most Unusual Governess, and have submitted it to a publisher, and am working on my 6th book.
In addition to writing Gothic ghost stories (Unwilling Killers (from PublishAmerica.com), Obsessed, The Haunting (from Wings-ePress.com) under my pen name of Ayn Hunt) and steamy romances (Contract Bride [from BlackVelvetSeductions.com]) under Ayn Amorelli,
am a monthly guest at Chapter One, an interactive on-line Writers' Group. Currently, I am scheduled to give an interactive, hour long talk about Guns and Roses Sept. 19 at 8 pm cst. Bring all your questions about those deadly tomes and be sure and plug your current pet project too.
I believe a writer should write about what interests them. I've never followed trends in my life. Trends change, so if a writer's heart isn't in it, why bother?
That's why I write about ghosts. I've always been fascinated by them, and have studied them, reading everything I could about them. This led me to the realization they are like people - only dead. They all have their own personalities, likes, dislikes, etc. Knowing that, in addition to other facts about them, writing about them is easy, and I feature them in all my stories.
I'm in love with love too, and in addition to writing Gothics under Ayn Hunt, I write steamy Romances under Ayn Amorelli.
PUBLISHED BOOKS: Can be ordered from either the Publisher or Amazon.com. For autographed copies, please order them here, using the link or send an email to me AynHunt@aol.com.
CONTRACT BRIDE, ISBN 0-9774682-6-7, www.BlackVelvetSeductions.com, paperback and ebook, written under Ayn Amorelli. (A best-seller at Fictionwise)
Contract Bride is a steamy romance about a confirmed bachelor who'll inherit a cool $20 million if he gets married and has a child within the year. Since it's April now, that doesn't give him much time.
THE HAUNTING, ISBN 1-59088-748-4, www.Wings-ePress.com; paperback and ebook, written under Ayn Hunt.
The Haunting is about an 82-year-old ghost enthusiast, and psychic, Emily, and her best friend's niece, Jessica, a young widow in her early 30's who loves Emily like a second mom. Knowing in advance they might have to contend with some ghosts as they search a deserted haunted mansion, they never counted on having to outwit a psychotic killer who's taken up residence there.
UNWILLING KILLERS, ISBN 1-59129-184-4, www.PublishAmerica.com, written under Ayn Hunt is about a young woman who investigates an old murder, only to find herself the target of a killer.
OBSESSED, London Circle Publishing, written under Ayn Hunt (out of print)
Am currently under contract for my fifth book, a romance, entitled Lover's Revenge for BlackVelvetSeductions.com.