I’ve known Adria since she was practically a baby. Her father and my husband have been best friends for over forty years. Who’d have known she would grow up and become a writer! This is such an exciting time for her as this is her very first novel so please, let’s give her a warm welcome into the crazy life that is the published author.
First, let’s pick on her a bit with a few questions: 😉
1. How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
I was fifteen years old when I started writing my first book.
2. What was it? And in what genre?
My first book was called The Dynasty. It was a paranormal romance. I love the plot and the characters so much that I decided to re-write the story and publish it in the near future.
3. If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you be?
Wow, that’s a hard question! I love writing, it is my passion. I’m literally miserable if I’m not able to write. If I couldn’t be a writer, I would work with animals. I absolutely love them!
4. Do you have a favorite scene or chapter in your book and if so, which one is it and why?
The chapter where Lucas takes Athena to his world. This is the chapter where Athena finally let’s go and actually let’s herself love him. Although, I would have to say that any scene with Taylor in it is just awesome! He is just funny and playful and I always enjoy writing any scenes he is in.
5. Do you have an idea for your next book?
I’m currently writing The Awakening, which is the second book in the series. I’m introducing a new group of creatures and magic plays a big part throughout the book.
6. Name three of your favorite books of all time.
Bully by Penelope Douglas
Any book from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
7. Name an author or author’s who have inspired you to become a writer.
J.K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, and Richelle Mead
8. How do you feel when someone says, “The book was way better than the movie or television show?”
It doesn’t bother me at all. I am actually one of those people. Sometimes movies just don’t do the book any justice. Harry Potter, Divergent, and Twilight were fantastic book to movies, but then you have Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments who had too many important details from the book that were left out of the movie.
9. How important do you think book covers are?
I think book covers are very important. They draw the eye of the reader. I know many book lovers who had bought a book based on what the cover looked like.
10. What genre do you write in? Is there more than one?
I write paranormal romance. I’m totally obsessed with vampires and werewolves! I have been thinking about writing a new adult romance in a high school setting after my huntress series.
11. What inspired you to write your current book?
The Forbidden actually started out as a dream. I dreamt of a guy who had superhuman powers and as soon as I woke up I wrote it down. As the creativity began to flow, I immediately knew the type of story I wanted and how I wanted it to end.
12. Tell us about it, and where it’s available.
Like a moth to a flame she was drawn to him. The second their eyes locked she knew everything was about to change. She knew in that moment that he would be the end of her.
Growing up in a hunter family where loyalty is expected, Athena Bram was taught that vampires were evil and ruthless and had to be killed in order to protect the human race. Not once did she ever think that one day her loyalty to her family would be tested…until she met Lucas.
Lucas was everything Athena didnt expect; charming, alluring, and too hot to resist. The one person who made her heart beat faster, she found herself falling deeper into his spell, leaving her to choose between her hunter family and the vampire she just couldnt live without.
When her hunter family learns of their forbidden romance, Athena must fight for survival where a web of lies, secrets, and even death comes to haunt her.
Now that she has become the hunted will she survive against her hunter family, or will she pay for her betrayal in the end?
The Forbidden is available on ebook on Amazon. Paperbacks are not available as of yet.
13. Do you have a particular place or setting where you write?
I like to write in my bedroom. Most of the time I will have music on as it helps me to relax and get my creativity flowing so I can enter my character’s world.
About The Author:
Last night during The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio show, we had a little discussion about book signings, book festivals and other bookish events.
The question started out as something else and evolved into us chatting about the positives and negatives of doing these. One of the biggest negatives was not being able to afford them.
I’ve only been around this industry for a year and a half, so I really don’t have a lot of experience in this area. I’ve had a book signing at my house which was a huge hit. You can read about it here.
Last year, I participated in the Baltimore Book Festival and met so many readers and a few very cool authors. It was a long day and I pretty much broke even but all in all, the experience was wonderful.
I think what I’m getting at here is I’d like to know what your experience has been at trade shows and book signing events and such. I always see a lot of my author friends; especially the paranormal and romance fiction genre, packing their bags and heading off all over the place to book shows and events.
I don’t know of or think there are any for my genre (historical / paranormal fiction) and although I have written paranormal fiction, it has not been in the paranormal romance genre.
Yes, I won a super fantastic and amazing award for writing paranormal fiction but I just don’t feel like I currently fit in anywhere but mixed local festivals and personal book signings. Not that I’m complaining because those are pretty sweet too.
Ladies and gentlemen we’ve now reached the question portion of this blog:
- Have you done any bookish events and if so, what was your experience like?
- Would you do one, if you haven’t already?
- What are your biggest concerns about taking part in one?
Thanks in advance for participating.
For the record, I’m not a zombie fan, but I truly enjoyed this book! This author is brilliant! I highly recommend picking this one up!
As a parent, I must warn that there is some descriptive violence involved here. Although my son & I had a wonderful time reading this, I wouldn’t recommend this novel for children below the 6th grade.
I was gifted a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The story centers around Julie, who was born as a vampire when she was a teen. She is older, but still lives in her teen body. She saves a little zombie boy from danger and takes him under her wing, staying clear of humans. Yes, in this story, humans hunt ghouls of all kinds, and serve them up at the annual Monster Mash Food Festival. I don’t think I would personally like to eat a zombie or a werewolf and vampires are hard to catch, so that’s way too much work for me. But the suburbanites, also known as the Wilkerson family, work hard to kill the ghouls in the neighborhood, even by teaching their children to shoot them dead. Our main vampire, though, snacks on veggies only.
I loved that this story was like a car chase, not knowing what was around every corner as Julie protects the zombie boy while trying to outwit the Wilkersons. She learns to fight for her survival and makes many friends along the way. Sohal makes us root for the monsters, which I thought he did brilliantly. Also the big plus was learning about Julie’s past. I connected with her during this flashback as she tells the zombie boy a bedtime story: The story of her early vampire life. The only disappointment for me was, I was hoping to read more about the ghosts. I found it clever that ghosts were drank, not eaten, hence the term: Spirits.
Highly recommended for a fun summer read, fast paced, and keeps you on the edge! I really hope there is a book two in the works, because I cannot wait to get a copy!