SPOTLIGHT ON DEE J ADAMS

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!

Lynne

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26 Responses to SPOTLIGHT ON DEE J ADAMS

  1. TJ says:

    I can’t wait to get my copy! Congratulations to Dee on her first book. I’m sure lots of folks from Texas (where I live) will be hunting for this book.

  2. robena grant says:

    Yay! Great minds think alike Lynne…we both hosted Dee J. today on our blogs…cause she’s so speshul. I’m so thrilled for her. My book arrived to the Kindle during the wee small hours of the morning. Can’t wait to start reading.
    Smooches to you, Dee J.

    • Dee J. says:

      Robena,

      Thank you! Both for stopping by here and hosting me at your blog as well! You and Lynne are extra special people. Love you both!

  3. Hi TJ and Robena – thanks for commenting. Dee J will be around soon to personally comment to both of you

    • Dee J. says:

      Lynne,

      I was making a fashionably late entrance. LOL. Okay, not really. I was having trouble with my internet and couldn’t get on. Great day for THAT to happen, yes? NOT! But I’m here now! Yay! Thanks for having me. You’re the best, lady!

      • Glad to “see” you here. I’ve had that happen on blog tours too. thank goodness for my laptop as backup.
        OK, I’m turning this party over to you!

        Hope everyone has rushed off to buy their copy of Danerous Race already!

  4. Gina B. says:

    Thanks for this interview, Lynne, and Dee J, it was great getting some insight into your creative process! Sooo looking forward to reading this book :) Congratulations!!!

  5. Robin says:

    Happy release day, Dee! I’m grinning from ear to ear for you and am really looking forward to reading Dangerous Race! Have a wonderful week! (hugs)

    Great interview, Lynne!

    • Dee J. says:

      Robin,

      Thank you so much! I’m grinning too. My face already hurts and it’s still early. So far it’s shaping up to be a busy day. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Goofed when I tweeted – I thought it was out tomorrow, gah! But I went and bought my copy – can’t wait to read it! Hugs to both of you!!!

    • Dee J. says:

      Christine,

      No worries! I RTd with a quote saying TODAY. LOL. Thank you for tweeting! And thanks for getting a copy! Hope you enjoy the ride!

  7. Dee J. says:

    I’m heading out for a few hours, but will be back this afternoon! Thank you everyone for the awesome support. My heart explodes with happiness today!

  8. Fiona Lowe says:

    Dee, congratulations on your debut! Very exciting and if the excerpt is anything to go by, the book sounds pretty exciting too. Enjoy all the firsts that come with having a book out.
    Cheers and best wishes,
    Fiona

    Big wave to Lynne!

  9. Julie Goldstein says:

    Another GREAT interview (saw the one on Robena’s page as well. So glad to finally see you in the “spotlight” where you belong! Congrats on a thrilling first release!

    • Dee J. says:

      Julie!!!

      You are very good for my ego, my friend.
      Love you. Don’t know what I’d do without you.
      And can’t thank you enough for all the support and work you’ve done to help Dangerous Race. You are a friend for life. Love ya.

  10. Anne says:

    Great interview!! I loved hearing which scene was hard to write – gives such a great inside peek to Dee J.! Great job Lynne!

    Anne

    • Dee J. says:

      Anne,

      Glad you liked the interview. That particular question was a tough one. Lynne asks some very good questions. Thank you for stopping by!

    • admin says:

      Thank you, Anne! I have to admit, I added that last question after recently being interviewed and the blog lady – Sarah Grimm, asked me that. I was surprised that, like Dee J, the hardest scene to write for my book was not between the hero and heroine. Weird stuff, having to answer questons about our books.

      Thanks so much for dropping in and commenting, Anne.
      Lynne Marshall

  11. Maria says:

    Woot! This is a great interview Dee J. and can I say that you are one of my inspirations to keep on working at this no matter what. I just bought the book and cannot wait to read it. Lynne, thank you for interviewing Dee J and I love your questions.

    • Dee J. says:

      Hi Maria!

      Thanks! Yes, I feel like I’m the poster child for perseverance. LOL. I’m just glad I kept writing so hopefully my other manuscripts will also find a home. Thanks for picking up the book! Love you! And Lynne is good with those questions, isn’t she?

  12. Ciara Knight says:

    Congratulations on your debut novel! That is awesome. It is so true, if you are passionate about writing, never, ever give up. I have many friends who just signed their contracts after 12 or 13 years of writing. I’m so proud of them.

    • Dee J. says:

      Ciara,

      Hi! What a beautiful name you have! (You must be told that all the time.)
      Thank you! I’ll tell you my main reason for not quitting… I didn’t want my 14 year old daughter to see me quit. I figure if she’s looking at me to show her how to live life (and go after her dreams), I’d better put my money where my mouth is! Whew! Crisis averted.