Saturday, 23 May 2015

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Adrienne Woods!

  Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girl’s night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid-2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

What has She Written?
She has written:
Firebolt (The Dragonian, #1), Thunderlight (The Dragonian Series #2), Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) and Light (Dream Casters, #1)

Now on to the Interview!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
About thirteen, it was short stories, then I was really good at those, but now, I struggle with them as I have way too much to say. But it only became a full time hobby at the age of 29.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
Life experience. It’s not very open, but the readers grow with Elena in this series, she makes horrible mistakes and has to deal with the consequences, still she find a way to work through them and move on with her life. They experience first love, a stronger love, and how to stand up to others, well they will when this story is over, what friendship should be like, and how someone should treat them.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
Imagination, the love of research as you do need to do some research for your novels, and patience, self-motivation.

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
I have so many but if I have to choose one, Safe Harbour from Nicholas Spark. That novel is so powerful, as the main character has a horrible abusive relationship with her husband, how she finally got out of it by leaving him after a horrible incident and how wonderful a man can be if they have love in their heart and respect. She overcame her fears at the end and it’s everything a book should have in my opinion.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
I have many but Nicholas Spark is one of my ultimate favorites.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
Reading, spending time with family, and watching my favorite T.V series. I love to watch stand-up comedy too, you need to laugh at least once a day.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
I got it from both sides, my family is extremely artistic. My father was a great story teller yet he never penned down any of them which is sad as he had the most amazing children stories he used to make up about fairies and small people. I literally hung on his lips as a child. My grandmother was extremely talented when it came to poems, so yes, I got it from both sides of the family.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
To take my family on an overseas cruise
To visit the seven wonders of the world
To see my daughters getting married
Learn how to Ski
Go sky-diving

9) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
Stay as young and innocent as you can, I know it’s not always easy as group pressure is so hard in today’s life, make good decisions, the bad ones you do make, deal with them, learn from them and never make them again. Read more as your imagination is all you have when it comes to escaping today’s reality. Be you, don’t ever try to be anybody else and remember what Walt Disney said, if you can dream it you can do it. I still live by that today.

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