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Monday, April 2, 2012

INTERVIEW: ADELE DUBOIS

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Long and Short Reviews welcomes Adele Dubois, author of the new release Tempted. Adele lives in rural eastern Pennsylvania between serene Amish country and city excitement.


"It's the best of both worlds," she told me. "We have a thriving town steeped in history and culture, gorgeous lakes and parks for fishing and picnics, and little crime. I love Pennsylvania and have lived here most of my life."


She remembers lying on the floor as a child and writing for hours in her composition book with a pencil and knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was ten. Her first published short story appeared in a newspaper Sunday magazine when she was nineteen.


Adele is her real name and she told me she wouldn't want to use any other in her career.


"Authors develop strong identification to their pen names early in the publication process. I’ve often wondered how long it takes authors who’ve chosen pen names that sound silly when said aloud or are difficult to spell regret their choices," she said. "I hope to launch a new, but similar, pen name for the more mainstream romance novels I’ve written. Fingers crossed that I’ll have news soon!"


"Do you ever suffer from writer's block?" I wondered. "If so, what do you do about it."


"The only way to break through a story block is to write your way through the problem. If I’m struggling with a plot twist, a loose end that needs tying, or a critical turning point, I usually take a break from the story and go for a long walk. I let my mind wander and allow my subconscious to problem solve. This method has never failed me. I start writing again and the story flows."


She also likes to get out in her convertible and drive with the top down on a sunny day, any time of the year.


"Whenever I need an emotional lift, I get in my car and drive. On rare occasions, a warm day will arrive in the middle of winter. When that happens, I put on a jacket, put the top down on the convertible, and soak up the winter sun. Those are absolutely the best days, because they’re so unusual."


Adele writes, works on writing-related tasks, and her career every day, seven days a week. Her daily word count on her WIP varies depending on how well the story is flowing. She also does all her own promotion, which takes huge chunks of time. She is also the president of her local RWA chapter and that keeps her busy as well.


She also likes it to be quiet when she writes. She can't write in coffee shops or with music playing because there's too many distractions, so she works best in her home office. When she finishes writing for the day, she likes to watch television while she schedules blog posts, checks email, and catches up on other assorted publishing duties. She especially likes Revenge, Survivor, Glee, Happily Ever After, Grimm, The Good Wife, Covert Affairs, and Burn Notice. She also reads every night before going to sleep.



"Are you a plotter or a pantser?" I asked.


"My process is a hybrid of both. Before I start writing a story, I summarize the plot. I create character studies for the hero, heroine, and secondary characters. Afterward, I begin my research to make sure story details are accurate. Then I print everything out and place it in a folder. When the writing begins, I refer to the saved materials, as needed. Once I have the framework established, I start the creative writing process. All the story twists and turns are written organically. Many of them are as much a surprise to me as they are to my readers. I’ve discovered that the more preparation I do before the creative writing begins, the easier and faster the writing flows when I write the book."


All of Adele's books have been published in e-book format and some are also available in trade paperback. She owns a Kindle herself and loves the convenience of buying book and reading them on the Kindle.


"I do hope the day never comes when print books cease to exist," she told me. " There’s nothing that compares to the pleasure of reading a paperback in a lounge chair at the beach. And paperbacks don’t go dark in the middle of a story when the battery needs recharging. I want both e-books and print books."


Finally, I asked, "What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?"


"Learn as much as you can about the craft of writing and keep polishing your stories," she said. "Write every day. Be patient. Wait to submit to editors and agents until your book is complete, and you’ve worked with knowledgeable critique partners. Submit to a few contests to test the waters. Polish again.


Writers often fail because they submit manuscripts before they’re ready. Getting a book published is not the end goal; it’s the beginning. You’ll be expected to produce again and again— and please editors, readers, and reviewers every time. Be sure you have the necessary skill sets before you jump into the pool. When you do, I wish you great success."


About the Author:Adele Dubois is happiest when driving her convertible with the top down. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of erotic romance novels, novellas and short stories. Before turning to fiction writing, Adele wrote for newspapers and magazines in the USA, Caribbean and UK.


Adele is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and president of her local RWA chapter. When not at the beach or by the bay, Adele and her husband and family enjoy their eastern Pennsylvania home where she is working on her next novel.


Find the author online at:


Adele Dubois Website: www.adeledubois.com

Adele Dubois Blog: http://adeledubois.wordpress.com

Like Adele on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/adele.dubois?ref=name

Follow Adele on Twitter! http://twitter.com/AdeleDubois


Emily never dreamed that interactive television would lead to so much trouble…


Is sexual fantasy cheating? If so, Emily’s got a problem. Though she’s never been unfaithful to her husband in reality, she’s found a new hobby with 3D Mental Image Projection. In the privacy of her home, she indulges her secret desires on interactive TV. What else is a lonely woman of a certain age to do?


When Emily wins a weekend getaway to mystical Isle de Paradises, she swears she won’t stray. But temptation lures her at every turn. Desirable men want her and beautiful women pursue her. When Paradises’ youth-restoring powers crumble her resistance, Emily is faced with an irrevocable choice. Her decision will forever alter her life and the fate of her marriage.


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8 comments:

Adele Dubois said...

Thank you for your lovely interview!

Best--Adele

Miriam Newman said...

Adele, I want to see you cruising along in that convertible one day. Go, writer woman!

Harlie Reader said...

Great interview Adele. I didn't realize that you lived in Amish country.

You go girl on the convertible.

Marika
maw1725@gmail.com

Adele Dubois said...

Wish you could ride around with me in my convertible, Miriam and Marika. ")

Thanks so much for visiting and posting.

Best--Adele

Marianne Stephens said...

I want to ride with you in your convertible and have you tell me your next pen name...or will that be a name you'll keep secretly separated from Adele Dubois?

Adele Dubois said...

Marianne--

We'll ride around in my convertible and have a fun girl day. ")

I promise not to keep my new pen name a secret. In fact, I'm hoping my readers will join me when I'm published in mainstream romantic fiction. Fingers crossed that happens soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Best--Adele

Polly McCrillis said...

Adele - I love the book cover! I agree about writing in silence. I'm a musician, classical pianist and adore music, but I can't have it playing when I'm writing. Just as you said, it's too distracting. I start humming harmonies or just stop to listen which puts a dent in my writing time.

Good advice to new writers. If you're going to be one, you have to write AND be an avid reader.

Adele Dubois said...

Hi Polly!

I'm glad you like my book cover. I have to admit, I love it.

You're a classical musician? I have the utmost respect for pianists. As a child, I took piano lessons, but stopped by age sixteen. I just wasn't very good.

Musical apptitude is like writing talent. You either have it or you don't. If you've got a modicum of ability, it can be honed and made better. I knew I'd never improve on the piano.

Thanks for stopping by!

Best--Adele