Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I am a full-time writer. I’ve been writing since I was 12. My first love is poetry, though. I raised my children and my nieces and nephews on my poetry, teaching them values and morals through it. I’ve also written plays, songs, screenplays, and, as of today, I’ve finished my second novel. The sequel to, Shadow in the Mirror.
My hobbies are reading and watching romantic movies on television. I love curling up under a blanket and some popcorn to watch one movie after another. I’m in Arizona now but, I’m originally from Ohio (Akron, Ohio). My mother was a well-known gospel promoter there who had her own radio program for over 30 years. She was actually inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame before she passed away in 92. Mom was the one who taught me how important it was to create a platform for the gift that sits inside you. She said, “a gift (talent) is not to stay wrapped up. It was given to you to be opened and shared.” So, if I couldn’t find a platform already available, she’d create one for me.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write fiction. Psychological thriller/romance. My love of writing stems from being able to show my audience that, regardless of what they’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel even when it doesn’t seem like there is. One of my favorite quotes is by a woman named Edith Wharton. She said, “There are two ways of spreading light, either be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
A super power? I guess my super power would be to read minds. I’ve always been interested in the way people thinks. How they decipher situations, and come to their conclusions or sometimes, their misconceptions.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I don’t think an author would be telling the truth if they said they didn’t get stuck from time to time. But, I learned a little trick that always works for me — I get up and walk away and then I find someone to brain storm with. I have the perfect sister who I go to during this time. I set up the scenario and she’d give me different angles in which the scene could go. Works every time.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is creating the characters and watching them come to life on paper. The best complement I received after writing, Shadow in the Mirror, was from a woman who said, the characters were so real. She said, she felt like the characters had walked right out of the book and kept her company for the two days it took her to read it and once she was finished with the book, she became lonesome because her company was gone.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
If you came to my house for dinner, I would have my husband throw some steaks on the grill and we’d have that along with a baked potato, and grilled asparagus, and top it off with a nice glass of wine. My husband would be the one to impress you in that area. He’s a much better cook than me.
6. What is your typical day like?
Typical day – I get up at 6:30 in the morning because I can’t stand laying in the bed once I wake up. I get my coffee and go outside to the gazebo. Morning is my favorite time of the day; before the dog barks or the phone rings – my time –alone. I get my shower, get dressed (make-up and all) and go into the office and I begin to write from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the evening. (You’d be surprised how fast that time goes by). I’m not going to say that I don’t take breaks. There are times that I make phone calls or do some type of research. I may even work on my book proposal or write letters that need to be sent out. Everything is scheduled so I can get back to my book. I can’t stand the constant chatter of the television when I’m working, so I leave it off until I’m finished for the day.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I think emotions are harder for me to write. Characters are easy and I could always come up with a well thought out conflict but, it’s definitely the emotions that are harder for me. I can feel what my character feels but it’s difficult to put into the words that will move my reader.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
(LOL) It’s very likely. I’m a people watcher and I watch them for the sole purpose of using them as a character.
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
I have many heroes. My husband who puts up with my late night and early morning writing habits and still comes up behind me to rub my shoulders, assuring me of his love and support. My siblings whose encouragement is never ending. My children who would sit at my feet asking for one more story or one more song. But, you’re asking, who is my ‘hero’, as in singular. Who is the one person who has made an impact in my life? I would have to say that that one hero would be my mom. Had it not been for her I would never have known how to decipher love to recognize the goodness in my husband and my siblings wouldn’t know how crucial their encouragement has been. She taught us compassion and because of it, I write on topics that others find difficult to talk about. Although she passed away in 1992, she left behind a legacy of love that each one of us kids (my siblings) grabbed on to.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next novel is called, Reflections from Within. Like I mentioned earlier, it is the sequel to the first novel, Shadow in the Mirror. Reflections from Within, is due to be released in January (2017) and I’m very excited about it.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Adele and her novel, SHADOW IN THE MIRROR, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Links to Adele’s website, blog, books, etc.
Shadow in the Mirror Amazon: