Authors Asking Authors – Adrian Phoenix
Adrian Phoenix fans are celebrating this week. They are extra excited over the release of On Midnight Wings, the highly anticipated fifth installment in the A Maker’s Song series. Fans have been waiting over two years for this book and it finally released this past Tuesday! I am sure many of you called in “sick” from work to stay home and read. (Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. ;)) This week, Adrian Phoenix is here to answer the questions of Authors Asking Authors.
Do you have an old writing routine that you used to consider essential (ex: “I can only write if ——-”), that you now don’t need at all? - ML Brennan
I used to haughtily believe that I could only write by longhand and turned my nose up at writing on a PC. *rolls eyes* Now I absolutely prefer to write on my PC and only make quick notes in longhand if I’m away from my PC.
Do you have critique partners, beta readers, or even people you run early ideas by? What is your system for that? - Carolyn Crane
I have a buddy that I often run bounce ideas off of. Sometimes just saying an idea out loud to another person is enough for you to hear the brilliance or stupidity of said idea. My good friend Sean Prescott is my go-to idea-bounce guy. Sometimes I have beta readers, sometimes I don’t. It depends on my deadlines.
In reading reviews, have you ever stumbled on any useful insight about your work (punctuation quirks, plot holes, beloved/hated characters, story direction, errors your publisher missed) that changed the way you wrote future books? - Jenn Bennett
Reviews can be emotional minefields, even the good ones can be difficult in the sense of “dear God, they thought that was brilliant. How do I freaking top that? I’m doomed.” And the bad ones can ding your confidence, no matter how thick-skinned you may be. But, if I spot a criticism that I think is valid, I learn from it. When comments are just a reflection of personal taste or preference, I overlook them. I once saw a comment about my tendency to over-write. A valid comment, in my opinion, and one that has helped me hone my writing since. Or I hope it has, at least. LOL.
If there was one thing about being an author or about the publishing industry that you’d want readers to know/understand, what would it be? - Kate SeRine
In the traditional publishing world, the author has very little say over the covers on their books. Often they have no say. I’ve been pleased with my covers, even though the heroine doesn’t dress as depicted and doesn’t have any tattoos, and the hero is missing from the covers until book four. Still the artwork is gorgeous.
So I think most people will ask about process or inspiration, but I’m a shopping girl at heart. What was the first ‘present’ you bought yourself to celebrate a contract, a big cheque, or a great advance? - Sierra Dean
A car. I totally bought a 2001 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and named it Cookie. I love that car!
If you could go back and rewrite/change any aspect of your main character, would you? - Amanda Bonilla
Nope. Never. Nada. Nyet.
What book do you wish that you had written? - Jennifer Estep
Wow. I just did a post on this on another blog. One book was the first book in CJ Cherryh’s Faded Sun trilogy, Kesrith. The other was Nightlife by Rob Thurman. But I’m glad I didn’t, because I never would’ve had the pleasure of discovering and reading them. Repeatedly.
Have you ever wished you could visit the world your characters live in and, if so, what do you envision yourself doing in that world? Bartender listening to character woes? Valued friend? Frenemy? - Adrian Phoenix
Well, gosh. Guess I’ll answer my own question. Yup, I’ve definitely wished I could visit both Dante’s world (The Maker’s Song) and Kallie’s (Hoodoo books). It’s definitely dangerous hanging around Dante, especially if you’re a vulnerable mortal, so I’d like to be a kick-ass nomad chick and drinking buddy. I could arm wrestle with Von, chat with Heather, and race Lucien—bike against wings. In Kallie’s world, I’d be one of the home girls that she and Belladonna get together with to craft mojo bags and gossip about the sexy men in the bayou—human, loup garou, or other.
Bonus Question! What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever been recognized as an author or talked with someone about your books?
That would have to be a little motel I stayed at one night while on my way to San Diego. After I checked in, I went to my room and climbed into my PJs. Realizing I was hungry and that there was a Taco Bell across the street, I went out for food to go in my PJs, thinking who will care or notice? (No one.)
When I get back, room key in one hand, bag of greasy tacos in the other, slippers on my feet, someone runs up, “Ms. Phoenix!” It’s the desk clerk and I wonder if something is wrong with my room. Perhaps a serial killer hidden in the closet or a horde of cockroaches just waiting for me to turn off the light. But no. She asks me if I’m the author of The Maker’s Song, then when I confirm, tells me that her younger brother is a huge fan and would I sign something for him? (Turns out she thought my name looked familiar and she called her brother to ask him.)
I had a copy of my latest release at the time, so I signed it for the desk clerk’s brother and gave it to her. Then I unlocked my door, schlepped back into my room slippers and all, and had a fast-food feast minus a cockroach horde or serial killers.
Giveaway time! Adrian is offering prizes to FIVE lucky winners! THREE winners will receive a copy of On Midnight Wings and TWO winners will get to pick any book from Adrian’s backlist! Leave a comment below to enter by Monday, September 30th 2013 11:59pm EST. All winners will be chosen randomly using my random comment/winner picker. Good luck to all of you who enter and THANK YOU Adrian for this amazing giveaway!!!