Author Interview: Ada Adams
Okay, it has been a while since I updated my blog. Sorry, I just went through 2 weeks of hell in school. Finals. But I’m back! And here’s another author interview that I know you’d enjoy.
A little info about the author
“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.”
At age five, Ada read her first chapter book. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for the stories and characters found within the pages of literature.
In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education.
Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. “ReVamped” is her debut novel.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.
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- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Ada, and I live in Toronto, Ontario. “ReVamped” is my debut novel. I come from a very close-knit family, so they, along with my friends, play an extremely important role in my life. I have a Yorkie named Cara and a Maltipoo named Oreo (who were an inspiration for Daisy from “ReVamped”).
- What do you do when you are not writing?
I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling and being in nature, as well as photography (although, only as a hobby). I’m a big film and TV buff—I have way too many favorite shows! Of course, I enjoy reading and discovering new books and unique worlds and characters. I also volunteer in various schools, and spend a lot of time working with students. I’m currently working in a reading recovery program, which is a really fun way to get to know some talented children’s authors.
- Do you have a day job as well?
In my day job, I balance being a writer and an actress. So I tend to spend a lot of time in imaginary worlds, interacting with imaginary characters. It’s a lot of fun! 🙂
- When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
From start-to-finish, the very first draft of “ReVamped” took about six weeks to write. It too much longer to edit and rewrite! 🙂
5. How did you choose the genre you write in?
I have always been a fan of Young Adult literature, especially the Paranormal genre. Growing up is tough enough, but throw into that some “paranormal issues” and you’ve got a concoction that promises to be very entertaining!
- Where do you get your ideas?
I constantly have ideas running through my mind! I just wish that I had the time to write them all down! Ever since I was little, I loved to make up stories and write them down, so I’ve kind of grown up inventing imaginary worlds and characters. I’m actually surprised that I never had an imaginary friend! There are many wonderful books, TV shows, and films out there, so with my own ideas, I like to step outside of the box and strive to create something that hasn’t been done yet. It’s always risky to try and do something outside of the norm, but I think it’s worth it!
7. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, I certainly do. Most often, the issue is not with the big concept, but with a particular scene. Whenever I’m stuck on a part of a story, I go for a run or a swim. Exercise helps clear my head, and while my body becomes depleted, my mind is once again refreshed and brimming with new ideas!
8. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I am a big believer that outlines are important, especially when writing a full-length novel. I always like to outline a particular piece of work that I’m writing, but sometimes, I find that structuring each part of the scene takes away from the excitement and creativity of a particular piece of writing. Sometimes, I like to just write and see what I come up with, then go back and edit.
9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I love many different novels and authors for various reasons. I read a wide variety of genres, from YA literature to more adult stories. I enjoy exploring the paranormal, as well as learning about other cultures and reading about family life. The first book that I ever read was “Pippi Longstockings” by Astrid Lindgren. I was five years old, and it was the first chapter book that I tackled by myself. I remember feeling so proud and so special—like I was a part of some secret society! And in a way, don’t all books allow us to experience something special? They give us an “in” into a secret world that we get to be a part of for a short little while. It’s a wonderful thing, and I’m so glad that there are so many diverse authors and books out there for me to continue exploring.
10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
The main challenge was in regard to the genre that I was writing in. Vampires are so prevalent in today’s literature (especially in the YA genre), so overall, the biggest issue was whether or not anyone would be interested in reading “yet another vampire novel”. So far, it seems that people are enjoying the fact that “ReVamped” is a bit different from what’s out there right now, and that was my main intention with this piece of work. Of course, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I hope that others enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
11. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I think when most people hear that “ReVamped” is about vampires, they expect it to be a YA tale that centers on romance. However, the romance in “ReVamped” is actually fairly mild, and this was done on purpose. “ReVamped” is full of action, adventure and some humor, with a light romance running throughout the book. That romance fits in with the plot and stays true to the characters, which is something that I am very proud of. While I do plan to explore Dawn’s love life on a much deeper level in the sequel (especially with the introduction of some exciting, new characters!), overall I’m very happy with the way the story turned out.
12. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I love to talk to readers and bloggers. So far, marketing has been mostly through word-of-mouth or computer screens. I will be putting out a “ReVamped” book trailer out shortly, which is going to be really fun and exciting, as “ReVamped” officially started off as a TV show script.
13. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Unfortunately, as vampires have not yet come out of hiding in the real world, “ReVamped” is purely a fictional story. Yes, sadly, even Blood Cola and “Transylvania Shore” are non-existent! However, I did add some fun “Easter Eggs” into the book. For example, the Scarlet House colours are red and gold, which were my high-school colors. Angel Creek is blue and white—a little shout-out to Toronto’s hockey team. Some tertiary character names are a homage to people I know, although none of the primary characters have been named after anyone in particular. That would be a bit weird to write about!
14. How did you come up with the title?
“ReVamped” was the original title for the story (even when it was a script). It stuck with me, and I soon found myself unable to refer to it as anything but “ReVamped”. After all, it resonates with the story. “ReVamped” is not only a tale about revamping a group of misfit vampires, but it’s also about Dawn’s own growth and journey. Throughout the book, she is faced with many obstacles, and she is forced to learn who she really is and develop as a character.
15. What project are you working on now?
I’m currently working on “ReAwakened”, the second book in the “Angel Creek” series. I also have a few other, non-vampiric projects lined up after the series concludes, but my main priority at the moment is to tell Dawn’s story.
16. Will you have a new book coming out soon?
“ReAwakend” will be out in the Summer of 2012!
17. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Since “ReVamped” is only the first book in the series, there will be much more time (and place) to explore all of the characters in more detail. I can’t wait to further Dawn’s romance with the boys, as well as explore the misfits’ pasts!
18. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
So far, people have been very supportive of my work, and I’m extremely grateful for the kind words that I have received. Some of the nicest compliments were in regard to my writing style and the uniqueness of the story (of “ReVamped”). However, it’s also important to note that not everyone is going to like every single thing that I put out. We are a diverse group of readers and writers, and that’s a wonderful thing.
19. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
I believe that it’s always important to just keep writing! Whether you have a desire to become a professional author or simply want to share a story with your friends, don’t let anything get in your way. If you’re looking for some guidance, you can enroll in a workshop or join an online community of writers who can help support your journey, or simply shackle yourself to your computer chair and write! Also, don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and try something different. Just because everyone is writing a certain way, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the road less travelled. Sure, it can be risky, and perhaps not everyone will love what you do, but as long as it brings you happiness, who knows where it can take you! You may create the next big thing in the literary world.
20. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you very much for your support! Putting out a debut novel is quite an interesting adventure, so I truly appreciate every single kind word that comes my way in form of emails, Twitter, or Facebook. Feel free to contact me anytime! I always do my best to stay in touch with readers and other writers. Also, thank you for supporting Dawn and “ReVamped”. I hope that you enjoyed reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!