INDY AUTHOR TALK WITH Adrianne James ~ How the Holiday Effect Writing

Indy Author Talk

Today we’re featuring Adrianne James!! She’s an amazing paranormal author, and was a part of Hallowreads this year! She’s absolutely wonderful! Photographer by day, and amazing author at night!

I totally enjoyed reading this installment of the Indy Author talk with Karen and I hope you do too!!!

♥ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl



Author Bio

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

Author Q&A


Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?

I started writing when I was very small. I was in the third grade and my counselor at school had me writing as a form of therapy. I am so glad he did because I never stopped. My first full length original novel was Life on Loan. I had actually thought of the title first, and went from there. I’m not even sure where it came from, or why it popped into my head, but I am so very glad it did.

Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

Oh wow. This is a huge question. I read so many authors and styles of writing. I like to think I learn a little from everyone. My love of the paranormal/supernatural came first from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Before picking up HP1, I hadn’t read anything with even a hint of magic to it. Now, it’s my favorite. As far as pace goes, I like to think about Ender’s Game. That book was fast paced, but never left you wanting. Orson Scott Card answered the questions posed in the series, he kept the plot moving, and kept my interest on every single page. I personally prefer fast paced novels and that is how I write them.

Q. tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?

The book I am currently working on is a mash up of a few different characters I have been playing with for some time. Celeste is a Mage who can’t stand her powers and Terran, also a Mage, respects his and knows that his power is a part of him and embraces it.


Q. What motivates you to write?

The freedom I feel when I do. When the words are flowing and the story is progressing, writing is so freeing. Like I am getting this story that is trapped in my head out.


Q. What is the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part of writing is allowing yourself to suck. Seriously, I have the hardest time writing a sentence and leaving it be. I will go over and over it. There have been times where I have spent ten minutes on a single sentence. This is something I still struggle with. Writing is first, editing second. Even writing the answer to this question I have deleted words before even completing them just to write the sentence a different way.

Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

With six books published, I have learned a lot about my own style, my preferences, and even craft. I think the biggest difference in my writing from the first book is I no longer write in 1st person. I feel that my writing is stronger in third. That’s not to say I won’t ever write in 1st person again, but for now, for my readers, they deserve my best writing. And that is 3rd person.


Q. Where do you get your ideas?

From everything! I have gotten ideas from watching people at the store, from movies or TV shows, from silly news articles-and some serious ones, even from my dreams.


Q. What does your family think of your writing?

They are so very supportive. My husband has read everything I have written. My children tell everyone they can about Mommy being an author. My father has a supply of my books in his Auto repair shop for sale and my mother is always telling everyone to read my books. It’s an amazing feeling.


Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?

To write. Try out different styles to see how it feels. Get a critique partner and learn from each other. Do research on the best way to publish. It isn’t just one way or another. Every author is different and every situation is different.


Q. What book(s) are you reading now?

I am reading two actually, The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorian and Bloom by Elizabeth O’Roark

Author Links

Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter | Website


Want to meet her?

Here’s where she’s signing books in 2015 :)

April 2015-Roanoke Author Invasion, Roanoke Virginia
July 2015-Kiss and Tell Author Event, PA


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  • Michelle Mauer

    I love Indy Talk!! I agree Christmas is a time for family! I can’t spend the whole month with mine, but I do get bits of time with them.

  • Adrianne James

    Thanks for having me!

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