3Q’s: Ai Jiang embraces the chaotic!

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I love, love, love seeing people share their good news, and lately on Twitter, it seems that every time I pop onto Twitter, I see today’s guest announcing another story acceptance and it makes me so happy!

Ai is not only a super talented author, super supportive person, but she’s also a fellow Canuck, which bumps her cool factor up by about 197%. Apologies to my non-Canuck friends. But it’s true.

Please, welcome Ai today!

Ai Jiang

Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?

Ai: My writing time is absolutely chaotic I must say. It ranges anywhere from 0 hours to 12 hours a day. Usually, I’m doing a lot of planning in my head for my stories/long form, so the actual writing doesn’t take nearly as long in comparison! I think I’m the type of person who doesn’t thrive well on routine, so I don’t end up writing at the same time each day—sometimes I try to, but it doesn’t always work out. Recently, I’ve been trying for 2-5k every other day to give myself time to reflect on what I’ve written and where I need to go next with a piece of work. I’m doing a lot of research for my first novel lately, so my word count has been relatively low!

Steve: You end up at an estate sale and discover an unpublished manuscript from an author you love. Do you keep it just for yourself or do you share it with the world?

Ai: Share it with the world! I think all fans of an author would love to see it as much as I would. Though if it was a trunk story, I’m not sure if the author would want me to share it. I don’t think I’d want the trunk stories I have now to float about. But then again, I think those remind of how far I’ve come, and how far I still need to go.

Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!

Ai: My most recent release is actually a story I wrote when I first started submitting to journals and magazines and began taking craft more seriously. Since then, it has seen 85+ rejections and 7+ drafts. I’d say if anything, people should read it because it’s a reminder of the subjectivity and difficulties of publishing, but also how every story, no matter how many times they have rejected, have a home—we just need to find it.

Steve: Bonus Question! You wake up in a comic book. What is your comic book character and what is your superpower?

Ai: To pause time so I can catch up on my TBR list, my emails, and my writing!

Ohhhhh, damn. That’s a great one!

Thank you so much, Ai for doing this!

To discover more of her work, follow the links!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AiJiang_

Website: https://aijiangauthor.wordpress.com/

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