Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to interview you for Romance Junkies.
First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on?
MOTORCYCLE HEAT is my biggest project right now, since I spend a lot of time each week connecting with readers through interviews, chats, blogs, my website, and message boards. I’m grateful that MOTORCYCLE HEAT, published by Loose Id, has received wonderful reviews and is doing well.
I just finished a light paranormal erotic romance novella called BRUSH STROKES about a meddlesome ghost, and the unusual plan two lovers devise to paint the ghost out of their house.
My upcoming release is a novella called DREAM TRAVELER, a light paranormal erotic romance about a married couple finding passion again after 25 years of marriage. This manuscript won an award recently and has been contracted by Ellora’s Cave. Look for DREAM TRAVELER in 2008.
What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes?
I write about four hours each day and spend another few hours blogging, promoting, updating my website, and answering email. My books are a combination of advanced plotting and improvisation. When I begin a new story I always know where it’s going and how it will end, but the twists and turns are almost always impromptu, which makes building the plot a whole lot of fun.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you? How about the most challenging?
Getting started on a new book is always easiest for me. I have more ideas for novels and novellas than I’ll ever have the time and longevity to complete, but I’m always anxious to get to work on a new project.
My biggest challenge is my turtle pace. Though I write every day, I do not write quickly. Sitting in a chair at a computer for hours at a time is also a killer on the back, neck, and shoulders. I wish I could write faster and for longer periods, but I have to remind myself that I’m an artist, not a machine. Bringing high levels of emotion to my books requires tremendous amounts of energy. I tend to use my energy to build the story one layer at a time rather than write quickly and with less attention to detail. Hopefully, soon I’ll be able to combine these elements while producing at a faster rate.
How long does it take you to write a book? Do you write one book at a time or do you have a few going at once?
I write one book at a time, and give each 100% of my emotions.
I can always tell when a book has been churned out in the Author Mill, and I swear I won’t ever do that. Authors are under a lot of pressure to produce, and we walk the line between quality and quantity when expected to publish multiple projects each year.
Have you ever taken any classes to hone your skills?
I’ve taken many excellent writing courses through Romance Writers of America and my local RWA chapter. I’ve also learned a great deal from other authors, mentors, and critique partners. My background is journalism, which takes an entirely different approach to writing than fiction.
What advice would you give a new writer starting out?
Never, ever query an editor or pitch an agent until your book is complete, polished to glossy perfection, and ready to submit the moment the invitation arrives. It’s essential to be professional right from the start.
What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve written stories, articles, and poems since I was a child, but didn’t realize I could actually write for pay until I was in college. I grew up in an artistic family. My mother is a fine artist and my father is a published poet. Both were active in the theater throughout my childhood, and so I was surrounded by creative, diverse people.
I have written all of my adult life for newspapers and magazines, but turned to novels four years ago. I’ve completed five books and have plans for several more. Today, my husband and teens are my greatest supporters.
Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from?
My books all take place in contemporary settings, but have moved in the direction of light paranormal. I grew up with science fiction on our family bookshelves and thrillers on TV. My next project will be a trilogy that incorporates all the genres I love best – contemporary settings, paranormal elements, hot romance, and suspense all rolled together into one larger story.
At what point in your career did you develop your website? Do you find it a useful tool in promoting your books?
I had a web site professionally designed in advance of my first sale and launched the day I signed a book contract. The web presence gave me the opportunity between the contract signing and book release dates to promote myself as an author. Pre-planning a website was probably the best move I made at the start of my career. I believe a website is an author’s best promotional tool.
Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?
My real name is Adele. If I write in another genre I’ll probably use my maiden name as my last name.
How did you meet your husband? Is he the romantic or are you? What is the most romantic thing you have done for each other?
My husband is the most romantic person I’ve ever known. We met during a ski trip to the
Pocono Mountains with a ski club. He remembers little dates like the day we met 22 years ago, our first date, and the day we got engaged. He still sends me flowers on those anniversaries. After all these years he still brings me my morning coffee, holds my hand when we walk, and takes an interest in what I do. I listen to him tell me about his workday and give him back rubs. I think enduring love is the most romantic love of all.
What kinds of books will we find on your bookshelf?
My tastes are eclectic. I read almost every genre, and the sexier the book, the better. I like action stories like urban fantasy and horror.
Yet, I enjoy character driven romances, too. I also like mysteries, women’s fiction, and literary fiction
What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching?
My favorite never-to-be-missed shows are: “The Closer”,
“Burn Notice”, “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, ‘24’, “Numbers”, “Law and Order CI”.
I don’t watch situation comedies very often. So few succeed at being really funny.
What is your favorite time of day? Why?
I love the early morning when it’s quiet and I’m sipping my first cup of coffee.
I like that time because I’m free from work and responsibilities for those brief moments before the day begins.
What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?
I laugh every time I see the Windex commercial featuring two birds on a wire. One bird flies down to close the glass sliding door on a human’s house while the other bird rings the doorbell. The two birds then watch the man inside run into the clean glass when he tries to answer the bell. The birds laugh and say, “Want to do it again?” Too funny!
Women’s bra and panties ads are the worst commercials.
If you had a free weekend to get away, would you prefer to go camping, to a resort/spa or head for a secluded cabin to relax?
Take me to a spa for a massage, hot tub soak, facial, manicure and pedicure, please!
Thank you, Adele, for spending time with us.
Continued success with your writing career.