I don’t usually have guest bloggers, but I have a series of interviews that I’ve done with some of my favorite authors on file in my News and Articles section. This week, I am spotlighting a very special person: Dee J Adams!
Dee J is my critique partner and has a debut book with Carina Press which happens to be launching TODAY. And I must say yowza about that book cover!
Won’t you join me in welcoming Dee J Adams.
Why don’t we start off by having you tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and moved to Los Angeles, California, where I acted in television and commercials for almost twenty years. I am lucky to be married to the love of my life and we have one beautiful daughter. She was and continues to be perfect so I saw no reason for others!
I like kick-ass heroines and big stories. I like to read them and I like to write them. I like romance, adventure, a little mystery and happy endings. Romance is the perfect genre for me. I now write contemporary romantic suspense novels. I think life is tough enough as it is and my books are a good escape from reality. I’m a fan of happily ever after and that’s what I deliver.
I agree, Dee J definitely delivers kick butt heroines and heroes and fabulous happily ever afters. Let’s play ten questions, okay?
1. How long were you writing before you got published and how many manuscripts had you completed?
I had been writing for almost eleven years and had ten completed manuscripts before I sold.
2. Where do you get your ideas?
My first book stemmed from a dream. But the others came from all different places. My husband and I had gone to our first Indianapolis 500 and we found the experience amazing. By the end of the race I was already thinking… “What if…?” That “what if” turned into Dangerous Race, my first sale.
3. Do you plot and make character studies before you start, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?
For nine of my ten books, I plotted. I knew what 95% of the book was going to be before I started it. I’ve had one book where I started with two people and a giant conflict and that book flowed out of me as fast as any other. I’m not sure I could do that again, but I discovered if the conflict is strong enough and the characters are defined and motivated enough, they can lead the book.
4. What about writing makes you anxious?
Hoping people will enjoy my story as much as I do as I write it.
5. How long does it take you to complete a manuscript and how many books do you write in a year?
I can write a book in as fast as three months, but I’ve also taken as long as a year. When I first began writing, I managed to knock out two or three books in a year. But that also coincided with being unemployed in my day job, so that factors into it as well.
6. Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favorite, and are there any you wish you’d never written?
My favorite…. That’s a tough one. Like asking me to choose between my children. J
At this moment, it’s a tie between Dangerous Race – because I’m discovering it through new readers’ eyes and Payback, which hasn’t seen the light of day. Payback is the book
I pantsed and I think it’s very strong. I love the characters and their conflict. I don’t think there is a book I wish I’d never written. I’ve grown as a writer so those early books were learning tools. I couldn’t have sold the fourth book without the first three to make mistakes on.
7. Are you involved with a critique group, plotting group, any kind of writer’s group?
I am lucky to have two terrific critique partners who give me candid feedback and help keep me honest. I’m a member of Los Angeles Romance Authors and they’ve been providing top notch speakers who have been helping me hone my writing for years. And of course there’s Romance Writers of America and all they offer at their yearly conferences. Those workshops are invaluable.
8. How do you see the romance genre evolving in the next five years?
Wow… the business of writing books is changing so fast, that’s a hard one to predict. I see the e-world/business exploding so that’s certainly good. Readers have a ton to choose from and finding something you like might be tougher than ever before, but I think the opportunities for writers are greater than ever.
9. Which writers do you admire?
My favorite authors are Suzanne Brockmann and Linda Howard. Those two women are auto buys for me. I think Tara Janzen and Cindy Gerard are terrific as well. For sweet romances I’m a huge fan of two people…Holly Jacobs and, of course… the always wonderful Lynne Marshall. J
10. Any advice to aspiring authors?
DO NOT GIVE UP. I am proof. It took me ten years to get here, but I finally sold a manuscript (two, actually) and not only have the reviews been good, but it got picked up by Audible. Never had I imagined, my first book would be available on audio. It’s all very gratifying to see that sticking it out was worth it.
Bonus question: What was the toughest scene to write in Dangerous Race.
The toughest scene to write…I’d have to say there was a tie, but they both dealt with the same thing. I had a tough time writing Uncle Joe when he died and writing Tracey when she made her speech about him at the Sportys. They were really close and he got her
through so much after her accident, that it was hard thinking he was going to be gone
and Tracey would be alone. It’s possible I cried as I typed out her acceptance speech. <G>
For an excerpt go here.
Thanks so much for joining me today, Dee J. Folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know my friend and debut author, Dee J Adams. She’s alread had some great feeback on the book at Goodreads. I hope you’ll join me in rushing over to Carina Press to get your copy today!
Until next week – make it a great one!