I'm excited to have completed my first ever author interview! I recently had the opportunity to read Adriane's debut novella, Walking Away. It was great, though I wish it was a full-length book--the story was good, characters were enjoyable and I wanted MORE! Word on the street (ok, on Goodreads) is that she's working on a full-length novel, though...
Twenty -five year old Coraline Renfro is in mourning. She and her long time boyfriend, Blake Parrish, have broken up and Cora hasn’t been dealing with it well. She’s shut herself off from the world around
her, and buried herself in her work. Tired of being alone, Cora accepts a date from a colleague, and slowly begins to move on. When Blake comes calling again, will Cora take him back or will she show him
how it feels to have a door slammed in his face and his hopes and dreams of a future with her dashed?
I loved Walking Away, but I wanted more. Why a novella and not a full-length book?
I didn't make Walking Away a novel because it was complete the way it was. I realize that I could have given more to it, but there wasn't really much more to give. Coraline's relationship with Blake was over, and though I'm sure several people would have liked more, it was more about showing people that she had to let go in order to move forward. To give more where it came to Blake would have been dwelling on a past that she was trying to break away from.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, headphones? Particular playlist or just whatever you're feeling that day?
I definitely listen to music, and oddly enough, I have the TV running in the background as well. It's easier for me to plug into my characters and the story that they're wanting me to tell when I have noise all around me. Obviously, it would be better to have a child free environment in which to write, but alas. The perks of being a mom, right?
Same vein--what do you drink while you're writing? I don't mean do you have a bottle of Jack next to your computer (though it's cool if you do). I mean, IV drip of coffee, tea, etc.
Life would be tremendously easier with a coffee IV, but sadly, I don't have one. What I DO have is Big K Vanilla Cola (It's Kroger's brand, and it can only be that kind. No other vanilla soda will do. I'm pretty picky about it) and I also have a tall glass of sweet tea on stand-by. Totally not kidding. I'm from the deep South, so if you don't have sweet tea somewhere around your house, you're a Yank who's trying too hard. Hahaha! Also, I keep the Jack in the freezer. Don't need that hanging out around the computer... KIDDING! Or am I?
Are you addicted to any apps?
My Lord am I? People are always telling me that I need to have my phone surgically attached to my hand, because I've got it with me always. If I don't have it with me, I freak, no joke. Anyway, you asked about apps... There's Pinterest, Shazam, Bubble Safari (I have an iPhone, and that app is only available there), What's the Word, Facebook, Temple Run 2, and Evernote for jotting down quick scenes if I'm out and about.
We'll sandwich with an actual book question. Character names--intense planning involved or spur of the moment? Do you do character sketches or does it just flow?
Great question! I think this is my most favorite question in any interview I've done thus far! When it comes to character names, I lean toward the unique and least likely to be used. Most especially for my female characters. It also depends on the type of book I'm sitting down to write. If it's going to be a gritty, deep story, I find that I'll dwell on a few names and just type them out in a scene and see which one fits the best. Other times I have the character's name in mind and I just let that character take me wherever he/she wants me to go. It's their story, I'm only their outlet. Even if I do have to name them from time to time. I put a ton of emphasis on character names. They can make or break your book.
Thanks for your time, Adriane, now go write me another awesome book, please! I have to download Bubble Safari...
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