Friday, 6 April 2012

Author interview with Ada Adams (+ Int Giveaway :eCopy of ReVamped)

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Hey! Welcome to The Daydreamer’s Book Obsession. Thanks for taking the time to visit .
Thank you very much for having me!

Let’s Get started, shall we?
Yes, let’s! I’m excited!

How about we start off with telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Ada, and I am from Toronto, Ontario. Although, I have been writing for what seems like a lifetime, “ReVamped” is my debut novel. I’m very drawn to all things creative – writing, reading, film, fashion photography, etc. I also love to travel (even though I don’t enjoy flying). I come from a very close-knit family, so my family and friends play a very important role in my life. I have a Yorkie named Cara and a Maltipoo named Oreo (they were an inspiration for Daisy from “ReVamped”)!

Who has inspired you as an author?
I often draw inspiration from real people and real-world issues. This does not always necessarily mean “people I know”, but in general, I think that the best way to get inspired as a writer is to pay close attention to the human psyche. In “ReVamped”, although most of the characters are vampires, all of them struggle with very “human” things—whether it is family issues, the desire to be perfect, the need to fit in, or a search for love and acceptance. I’m also inspired by the perseverance and hard work of other authors. I love to read, so knowing that others are able to create moving works of literature motivates me to work hard and strive to do the same.

Can you tell us about ReVamped and where the idea came from?
The idea of “ReVamped” began from an observation of our society’s obsession with vampires. After all, so many books, films, and TV shows today center on those magical (and quite good-looking!) beings. I drew from that, and kind of twisted the idea around a little. I asked myself: “What would happen if vampires were really a part of our society?” and “What if not every single one of them was so very perfect?” Overall, I wanted to take a bit of humorous approach to the genre, while still providing the readers with an interesting tale and a unique plot.

You can read more about the “ReVamped” birth story here:
www.revampedthebook.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/revamped-background

What was your favourite part of the book to write and why?

I really liked writing most of the scenes that involved the misfits. They are such a comical group of “vampire fail”, so seeing them interact, as well as grow and develop was a lot of fun. I also enjoyed seeing how tortured Dawn was when it came to Sebastian and Ethan. She is very guarded when it comes to her feelings (due to her relationship with her father), so she had a hard time admitting her feelings to herself (and to me!). I’m really excited to work on the sequel, because I think she’s gotten past that point, so it opens up the door for a lot of interesting possibilities when it comes to her romantic relationships.

Do you have an exciting Revamped teaser you'd like to share?
Here is a peek at the prologue, Ch. 1 and Ch. 2 of “ReVamped”.


Any upcoming projects? Something you're currently working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on the second book in the “Angel Creek” series, “ReAwakened”. It’s full of new twists and turns, and some new characters as well (one of them is quite a hottie and he’s causing some trouble for Dawn)! I’m really enjoying getting to know the characters on a much deeper level in the sequel. “ReAwakened” explores more of the misfits’ pasts, as wells as takes a more intimate turn when it comes to Dawn’s romantic relationship (or, perhaps relationships?) ;)

What made you want to be a writer?
I have always enjoyed reading, so it was only a matter of time before I began to create my own stories. I find writing to be a great form of expression and entertainment. I love crafting unique characters and exploring fantasy worlds.

What do you enjoy doing when not reading or writing?
I love to act. For me, acting is another way to be creative and express myself. I enjoy embodying different characters and exploring unfamiliar territories. I have been in a werewolf and a zombie film, but I have yet to be in a vampire one! :) Of course, I also enjoy reading. I love to discover others’ works, involve myself in their imaginary worlds, and spend time with the stories and characters that they have poured their hearts and souls into creating. I also volunteer in various schools, and spend a lot of time working with students. I’m currently working in a reading recovery program, which is a really fun way to get to know some very talented children’s authors.

As a writer, what is one of the toughest decisions you've had to make?
Killing off a character! Definitely. Each and every one of your characters becomes a part of you, so making the decision that one of them has to perish is definitely one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do. Personally, I always blame it on the villain. “It wasn’t me! It was the villain!”

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
I often tend to sympathize with the characters (especially when they are going through something difficult). However, I try not to “be” the character. After all, they are their own entities, and I want the audience to see them as that. While I can identify with Dawn, for example, I don’t necessarily want to write what Ada would do in that situation (because Ada probably would not be able to resist Sebastian the same way that Dawn can). :P In order to remove my own personal beliefs and motivations from the equation and truly write for Dawn, I have to view her as a separate person. The same goes for the rest of my characters in “ReVamped” and other stories. I do bring a little bit of myself and my experiences into their lives, but I view them as individuals.

What genre of books do you like to read? Do you limit yourself to only the genre that you write yourself?
I definitely don’t limit myself to a certain genre when I read. I love to explore various genres, although I personally derive the most entertainment from YA Paranormal. However, I also really like to read books about different cultures, families, or various time periods. I really don’t discriminate when it comes to books. They are all wonderful in their own ways! :)

What would you rather do: go back in time or check out the future? Why?
Ooh, this is a tough one! I would love to take a sneak-peek into the future (I love being “in the know”), but I think that I would be too scared to find myself in some kind of an apocalyptic dystopia. Yikes!
I would also love to visit a time in the past, because I like old-fashioned time periods that call for big gowns and intricate hair. I recently had a few modeling projects (for book covers, of all things!) which provided me with the opportunity to wear dresses from different time periods in history. It was a lot of fun, but they were super heavy and I kept tripping over myself.
So, to conclude, I’m not really sure where I would go! I suppose, you would either find me wielding a crossbow in some future dystopia, or tripping over a ball gown the past.

Is there anything else you'd like to say to the people reading this interview?
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning a little about me. And, if you pick up a copy of “ReVamped”, I would love to hear your thoughts! You can message me on Twitter, or find “ReVamped” on Facebook, Goodreads, or the official Blog/Website.

Ada  also offered to giveaway a ecopy of ReVamped !

ReVamped (Angel Creek, #1)
by Ada Adams  

 A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same

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5 comments :

  1. I loved the interview the author is from the same city as me! Thanks for the giveaway! :) I love your blog +New gfc follower.
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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    1. It's awesome to have an author in the same city.I wish I had one at least in the same country.. :(

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  2. Thank you for the interview. It was a lot of fun! :)

    Best regards,
    Ada

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  3. Wow! I absolutely loved that interview and I really want to read that book, it seems so interesting!

    btw, I love you blog ^^,

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    1. Well, maybe you'll win the giveaway!
      Thanks, I'm glad you like it ;;)

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