india-adams

India R. Adams is author of Serenity (Forever Book 1) and this week I was privileged to meet up with her online and to ask a few questions about her work and ambitions.

Please tell us a little about your background, hobbies and homelife.

I used to be a professional dancer who never had any intentions on writing. Then I became a drama instructor with children, which was a lot of fun. Kids rock. They really do. My first marriage was not the “dream come true” so I had to relearn some things. And as I aged, my childhood past kept creeping up on me. Trying to move past it and grow, brought me to writing, healing my past and loving the future. Now I am remarried with three kids, a loving true dream husband, and I am reaching others—victims—through stories of understanding and compassion because I understand, I’ve been there.

How long have you been writing?

Over nine years but February 2017 is my one-year anniversary of being a “published” author. I started with writing Serenity, the first novel in the Forever series. Oddly enough, it was my last release last year. I released 6 books in 6 months. Fun, but CRAZY!

How many books have you published so far?

I will be having my seventh release, Destiny, the second novel in the Forever series, in April 2017, so six.

Are you a multi-genre author or do you specialise?

Multi and then some! Hahaha… YA and NA. Contemporary/Paranormal/Fantasy/Metaphysical and the list goes on… I even have a MC book in the works.

What do you think is best, and why, to be a published author or an independent?

I’ve only been under my own publishing company but, from what I hear, being traditionally published you lose some of the freedom I have now. I love my job, and it would take a decent offer for me to change over to another publisher.

What projects do you have in the pipeline for the future?

Whooee! I have four releases planned this year. Destiny, Scar Me, River, and Red Waters. I might squeeze one more in (they are all mostly written) but may just wipe my brow and say, “Enough, girl. Stop the madness!”

Next year I plan on releasing the rest of the Forever series, which be four more novels, Mercy, Liberty, Hope, Trinity. I know, I’m a bit insane to be in editing with so many at once. Then I will get back to finishing my other series, A Stranger in the Woods, Haunted Roads, My Wolf and Me, Tainted Waters, then I will finish other books in the works. There is approximately twenty so far. For eight years I wrote 12 hours a day. My imagination insisted on it! My poor kids starved, haha.


Serenity (Forever Book 1)

An Interview with Serenity

I asked India for an interview with Serenity Dowell so that we can get to know this interesting character more closely.

• Tell me a little about your family and what it is like at home.

Oh gosh, my home life? Well, I usually don’t talk about it. I don’t want my friends to worry because they’re young too. If the adults in my life can’t protect me, how can other high schoolers? Ya know? But, this is a special occasion so I will try to give you a little insight. My mom is what you call a binge drinker, a type of alcoholic where, when she drinks, she doesn’t stop—drinks right through the night and day. She has a good heart, she really does, it just has been lost somewhere along the way. My Dad? He’s more complicated. He used to be great. That is why, what he has become now, is so incredibly painful for me.

• Is there someone special in your life and if so what attracted you to them?

Yes, Ma’am. Dereck Hamilton. And what attracted me to him was our past lives. There have been many, and with each one he has been what I can only describe as a dream. And this life? He’s fighting for mine, with all his heart.

• What do you do for a living and what is your ultimate ambition?

My only job at the present is high school, and it works me plenty, hahaha…

• What are you most proud of?

I would have to say surviving. No matter what, I somehow keep pushing forward and not giving up.

• What, if anything, would you change about your life?

If you asked me this a year ago, I would have said my home life. But, now I’m starting to see that it has made me stronger. Was it worth it? I think so. And it’s my life, and life goes on, right?

• What do you like to do to relax?

There is a spring behind my house, in the woods, and it calms my soul. Let’s me escape till the sun goes down…

• What do you dread most in the world?

This question is easy. I’ve had to witness Dereck die before… It was… awful. Something I fear, daily.

• Do you have any pets?

Nope. I’m still working on taking care of myself, hahaha.

• If you were stranded on a desert island, what one thing would you take as a luxury?

As someone who has lived without such things, I have no idea how to answer that. Monetary objects seem to hold no value for me. If it’s an okay answer, I would like to pick my journal. May not be worth much to others but to me, it is my link to the woman I get to visit in my dreams. Her heart is all the gold I need.

LINKS TO INDIA AND HER WORK

Serenity (Forever Book 1)
India’s Blog
India R. Adams on Author Central – See all her books here
India R.Adams on Goodreads
Follow India on Twitter
Keep up with India on Facebook

One of life’s guilty pleasures for me is a midday soak in a tub full of subtly rainbow hued bubbles with an old copy of the Reader’s Digest. I have to admit, the midday part is largely due to early retirement and the Reader’s Digest due to the scores of paperbacks I have dropped into the bubbles after yet another mainstream author has lulled me to sleep. On one such adventure I was holed up with the Anniversary Edition (March 2013) and having read about the delectable Sue Perkins (I am a great fan of her honesty as well as her wit and her good looks) I fell upon The Maverick by A.L.Kennedy. This article interested me greatly, because I have recently discovered the joy of Kindles and she obviously hasn’t!

This lady is a conventionally published novelist and short story writer and so has an agenda that may be different to that of the average reader or writer. The main arguments she put forward for books seemed to be that ereaders were rubbish, books felt nice in leather bound editions, and that ebooks were nasty things written in the main by incompetents. These writers were not good enough to write proper books or wrote – horror of horrors – even more of those unnecessary and dreadful cat poems. I felt I had to reply to such a scathing attack on the independent.

Yes, we are independent, but not because we are incompetent. I would happily wager that if one hundred readers read one of her books and one of mine in typed manuscript format without a name they would not find mine any the less well written, edited or interesting. I admit, I too have read a few “kitchen sink dramas” on Kindle by self styled novelists but I have also read some by conventionally published authors too. A lot of writers are independent because they are aware of how hard it is for a manuscript by an unknown to land on the conventional slush pile let alone be read through! I know of good writers who have done four or five rewrites in hopes of landing that deal. The carrot of publication is dangled repeatedly and they edit the soul out of their book only to be ultimately rejected because the editor doesn’t like his own take on the story.

Let us look for a moment at the pattern of publishing and how books are marketed. What actually sells and makes money for the publishing houses? Exactly the same dross that makes up the bulk of prime time television programming these days! Celebrity this, celebrity that and best of all celebrity “the other”…. If you are NOT a celebrity, forget writing. Attached to this is the unsavoury phenomenon of institutionalized ghostwriting whereby (I am told) you write anonymously for a celebrity airhead, he or she makes a ton of cash and you have the honour of maybe a week’s average wage. Here the carrot is “The publishing house knows who REALLY wrote that blockbuster and one day if you behave yourself they MIGHT take a chance on YOU” The stick is “That is the only real way ordinary people get published properly.”

When you reach a certain stage in life, having held down an honest job for many decades, perhaps written for pleasure in your spare time or even published via a small press (let me tell you about those another day!) you might not be prepared to receive thirty odd rejections before you hit even the slush pile. Time is of the essence, life is fleeting…. Get out there, writers, write for Kindle, write well, edit competently and watch the big publishers squirm as the market for celebrity tripe continues to diminish. Don’t let us down by writing badly, but if your soul tells you to write a cat poem or two, just go ahead! Createspace and Lulu offer you the option of the “real book in the hand” which is great because poetry sucks on Kindle. Readers? Why not take a chance on new writers? Amazon Prime membership offers you a wide selection of books that are free to borrow – one a month in fact. Follow Goodreads to see what real readers rate highly.

Real books are a joy, especially the real books that were written at a time when publishers were real publishers – but for many the Kindle is a liberator! Just don’t drop it in the bubbles….

Lisa Marie Gabriel is a UK based author who writes music books, poetry and recently released her novel The Cougar in paperback and on Kindle.

This is her author page Lisa Marie Gabriel – UK Author