Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Interview with Adrianne James

Do you write in different genres?

I do. I have written Y.A. Urban Fiction as well as Y.A. Mystery. The Mackenzie Duncan Series is New Adult Paranormal Romance and I will be releasing a line next year that will be New Adult Contemporary Romance

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

I have found that I like writing New Adult more than Young Adult. I am personally closer in age to the New Adult readers and I feel like I can connect better to my characters in that setting than I can to my Young Adult characters. The way that I would have reacted at 14, 15, or even 16 is not how teenagers react now. It wasn’t that horribly long ago, but it was long enough that I can see a difference. Now, characters in there early to mid 20s? I can relate to them. I feel like I can write them better and to me, that makes a better book.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

The Tempering’s title came from the process of changing something from one form to another without its destruction. Mackenzie goes through this massive change and I wanted a word that described it perfectly. Not only physically is she changing, but mentally and emotionally.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

That really depends on the book. Sometimes, I will think of a title that is just so catchy that I write it down and later come up with a plot for it. Other times, It takes me ages to find a title and I end up with a list of titles and then make pro and con lists for each title. I can get a little anal about the naming of a book.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I wouldn’t say that I have a mentor in my actual writing style, or how I write, but when it comes to how I publish and the business aspect, I modeled myself after Sarra Cannon. She is an incredible Indie author with great success. I learned what I could from her amazing posts and pages on self publishing, then took it a step further. I did my own research and chose what would work for me.

What books are in your to read pile?

Wow…um my to read pile has more than a hundred books in it at the moment.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

Right now I am working on this year’s Christmas Freebie. Each year I offer a free short story in celebration of the holidays and as a Thank You to all my readers. After that is NaNoWriMo…a writing challenge to write 50K words in one months time. I haven’t fully decided yet if it’s going to be the cowboy romance or the geeky billionaire with a penchant for super heroes. I know, I know, November is NOW and I should know this!

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure I can!

As the last of the flames drowned, the men walked back to the truck. Noel moved forward. She wanted to thank them. After all, she practically grew up in their fire house and here they were, putting out a fire at hers.

She could hear her parent’s laughter and talk of a Thanksgiving dinner of just side dishes. Too bad only half were done and most of the afternoon was now gone. Neighbors moved to surround them, offering up pieces of their own meals. That was the kind of town Mistletoe was. It made her smile. She looked away from her parents and to the fire fighters.

The chief was speaking to them, so she didn’t interrupt. She just stood back and listened to his pep talk about a job well done, but to expect more. Mistletoe may be small, but the fire department helps out with the surrounding areas on the big fire days. Most of the time that meant holidays.

Noel looked at the men. There was Chief, John, Benny, Max, and a new guy. New guy was hot. Noel couldn’t look away. He was tall and bulky. She couldn’t see under all his gear, but his face was chiseled and strong, making her believe his size was more muscle than Santa fluff.  The black smudge on his cheekbone drew attention to his crystal blue eyes. She could get lost in those eyes, that face, that man. He couldn’t be much older than she was, if at all.

The chief finished his talk and welcomed her over. She stood there looking at the men who had been there her whole life. They weren’t old by any stretch of the imagination, but they were around her parent’s age. But still, they were graying and the tell tale wrinkles were forming around their eyes. As they started to retire, younger men would move in. It was just how it worked. Perhaps that was why they all looked at the new guy with disdain. She didn’t though. She couldn’t. When she looked to him she was filled with something alright, but disdain wasn’t it.

“Thanks guys. I can’t believe you had to come out, but I’m glad you did. Do you all need something at the house? Christmas cookies? Gingerbread? Maybe some decorations put up? Just let me know. I’m back until the end of January this time.” Noel smiled brightly at her second family.  They all smiled back. Except new guy.

Noel’s smile quickly fell. “I’m sorry, we haven’t met. My name’s Noel.” She stepped forward and held her hand out to the man. She was trying and he just stood there and glared at her with his beautiful blue eyes. Damn those eyes.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I did. I design all of my own covers as well as covers for other Authors. You can find me at Gonet Design on Facebook. That’s  my day job, graphic design and photography.

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AC James

The Tempering
The Mackenzie Duncan Series
Book 1
Adrianne James

Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Star Bound Books

Date of Publication: 9/13/2013

ISBN: 0615879748

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 69K

Cover Artist: Gonet Design

Book Description:

The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is deep, but she never thought any of it could be real.

After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, has suddenly become super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can't possibly be normal. The myths she's studying aren't myths at all. Werewolves are real, and she's one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.

The hardest part of being a werewolf is to have no control and no memory of her time as a bloodthirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes, and she is actually able to remember bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

About the Author:

Growing up, Adrianne couldn't get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn't have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life's stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.