I’m delighted to host author Avery Duran, who is joining us today for a special Chanukah blog tour with her romance Ahava is Love!
I always enjoy hearing how other authors work their magic, so read on to discover what inspired Avery, how she became a “converted plotter,” and how you can enter to win an Amazon gift card.
Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy!
Welcome to my blog, Avery! Please tell us a bit about your book, Ahava is Love.
While exploring his heritage in Israel during Chanukah, Josh, a Brooklyn Realtor meets Yaron, an Israeli security guard haunted by tragedy. The attraction is immediate, but Yaron prefers to play the field, and Josh is tired of dating players, so they decide to remain friends. They spend their days together exploring ancient sites, and their nights as roommates. Eventually, they give in to their passion, knowing that they will have to go their separate ways at the end of the trip. The more time they spend traveling, the deeper their feelings grow. But this relationship has an expiration date, and it will take a miracle to keep them together.
What inspired you to write this story?
I went on a trip similar to the one described in the book, and it was life-changing. I left home in kind of a rut and came back inspired and energized. While I didn’t fall in love, many people have met their life partners on these trips. When I heard that Dreamspinner was looking for stories from around the world, I immediately thought of my experience in Israel, and Josh and Yaron’s story just popped into my head – I HAD to tell it.
I’d love to know a bit more about you as an author. How long have you been writing? When (and why) did you start?
I’ve always written, even as a child I used to write stories and poems – but they were mostly for myself. I never, ever dreamed I’d be a published! In 2015, a friend of mine encouraged me to submit a short story for an anthology (actually, she told me to put on my big girl panties already!), so I did – and I got a contract! That gave me the confidence to keep submitting. As a mother of three boys, much of my time is spent caring for others. Writing is something just for me; I find the creative outlet makes me a happier person and a better mother.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I was always a pantser until I wrote Ahava is Love. To submit for the World of Love line, you need to reserve your country by submitting a synopsis. This forced me to have a detailed outline before I wrote. I loved it! It was so much fun adding layers to the framework. I ended up changing a few things, since my characters didn’t always do what I wanted, but for the most part, the finished novella is the same one reflected in my original synopsis. I guess that makes me a converted plotter 😊.
Your setting, Israel, plays a big role in Ahava is Love. Have you been to the locations described in your novel?
Yes, I have been to Israel twice. Once for a six-week teen tour the summer after my Bat Mitzvah and the second time as a leader for a Birthright Israel trip. It was a long time ago, so I did a great deal of research to ensure the descriptions were as accurate as possible.
The Jewish faith is an important thread in this story. I’d love to hear how your own faith influences your writing.
I think the biggest way my faith influences my writing is that many of my books have characters who just happen to be Jewish. Even in stories where religion isn’t a part of the plot, subtle hints suggest the character’s faith or culture (a mention of Christmas, a family funeral in a church or synagogue). I love reading about other religions in books. I’ve learned a lot and, since reading really takes you into a character’s head, you end up connecting with someone who has a totally different background. I just love getting lost in a book and becoming someone else. By the same token, since most of the novels I read did not have Jewish characters, I felt a little left out. While first and foremost I listen to my characters – and they have many different backgrounds – when I work on detailed biographies, much of the time at least one of my main characters is Jewish.
What books are on your bedside table right now?
Thanks to my Kindle I have thousands of them! I am a total book whore. I read about a book a day and will read almost anything. But right beside my Kindle is a hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which I am reading with my eight-year-old son. His older brothers already read it, and usually say they don’t want to read with us, but somehow they end up listening in anyway.
Can you give us any hints about your next project?
I am excited to be working on a Kindle World release. It will be my first time working with it, and I am having a great time playing in someone else’s world—especially since it is a world I’ve loved reading about, created by an author I admire and respect a great deal. I also have a Valentine’s Day novelette coming out at the end of January. It’s an expanded version of my short story, “Cupid in a Stroller”, which was originally released in an anthology. It’s a fun, feel-good book with lots of sweet moments, perfect for that holiday!
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me!
Ahava is Love (World of Love)
by Avery Duran
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist Reese Dante
Release Date July 5, 2017
About the Author
Parent Association President by day, Romance Author by night, Avery Duran enjoys the best of all worlds. She’s a minivan-driving, cupcake-baking, soccer mom, who works outside the home while raising three rambunctious boys. Easily distracted by shiny things, Avery found making up stories in her head was an effective way to fool people into thinking she was paying attention. Eventually she decided to write down one of those stories, and her alter-ego was born.
She’s always been a voracious reader, Avery’s mother still brings up the time her school called because she refused to stop reading during math class. Avery is pleased to confirm that she has managed just fine without whatever important math lesson was being taught that day.
A native New Yorker, she often incorporates her favorite city into what she writes. During the day, while driving, watching endless YouTube videos, or animated shows with her offspring, she plots her stories. At night, when her husband and children go to sleep, Avery sits in a quiet house and puts those words on paper. She loves spending her down time creating a world filled with people loving and laughing their way to happily-ever-after.
She’d really love to hear from you!
Author Social Media Links
- Website & Blog: http://www.averyduran.com/
- Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Duran/e/B018RE20I0
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/the.avery.duran
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheAveryDuran
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- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14742913.Avery_Duran
- BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/avery-duran
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