Name Adrianne Lemke
Where are you from
I am from Brillion, a little town in Wisconsin.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Wisconsin Lutheran College. I am the fifth of six children, (I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters) most of whom are now married and have children (10 nieces and nephews). After college I went back to the same job I had in High School: working as a Veterinary Assistant, which I have now been doing for 8 years (10 when you count the two years of high school that I worked there.) I live on a little hobby farm with my parents, and we have 2 horses, 2 dogs, a bunch of barn cats, 2 house cats, and a flock of chickens.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I recently released the third book in my series- Hunter, and am currently working on the fourth book of the series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing during my freshman year of college. I had the prologue of a fantasy story I had written during senior year of high school, and decided to work it into a novel. I honestly can’t remember the exact reason, but part of it may have been stress relief during the first part of college.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a ‘writer’ when I finished my first novel, but I feel I graduated to ‘author’ when I published my first book. Everything in between was honing my craft. Which, of course, I am still doing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Basically, I saw the first two pages- which I had written in high school because one of my friends wanted me to write something- and pretty much just thought: ‘hey, I can do something with this.’ And then I proceeded to write Secret Power, my first full-length novel. Before that, the only writing I really did was papers for school and a few poems and short stories, also for school.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to change things up on occasion, but for my published series I write in first person POV. However, I do switch characters for different chapters. So far there are three separate POV’s in each book. My main character, Jason, is always one of them, but the others vary. I have also written in third person, but it has been a while since I’ve written a book in third.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For the Earthshaker Series I came up with the series name while reading Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief. I was trying to come up with a name that would follow my main characters abilities, and Poseidon was described as ‘Earthshaker’ and the name struck me as fitting. For the Titles of the books: Tracker (book one) is how Jason thinks of himself due to his ability to feel footsteps in the ground. Kindred (book two) is the name of the assassin who, in some ways, feels indebted to Jason after Tracker. Hunter (book three) is the activity and name of the kidnapper/killer in the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Jason comes from an abusive background, and through the series has difficulty accepting kindness from his friends. However, he has no trouble with protecting the people he cares about, even doing things he normally wouldn’t do in order to protect them. I guess I want people who have been abused to know that they are worth the kindness shown to them. They can get past the abuse and be protectors.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The series is based in a fictional city (or several, really) and I don’t necessarily follow exact police procedure in my portrayal of the police department and the main characters who are police, but I don’t go too much into detail about the intricacies of how cases are dealt with either.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The majority of the book, no. At least not purposefully. I did notice a few similarities in some character traits with people I know. I think that just proves the point that authors write what they know.
Fiona: What books have influenced your life most?
For influencing my life- absolutely the Bible. I am a WELS Christian, and even in my writing I rarely use profanity, and I never write sex scenes. That being said, my books are not technically ‘Christian Fiction’, since God and Faith are actually never mentioned, although they would be considered a clean read.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I think Emily Goodwin, really. I have gone to her with several questions, and she has always been willing to help me out when I needed it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Book? As in single? I’m actually in the middle of I think five books right now: The Reluctant Assassin, The Maze Runner, Blood Borne: Rise of Alpha, Division Zero, and The Last Track
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not sure if they are actually considered ‘new’ authors, but they are new to me. I have recently read books by Alexia Purdy and Emily Goodwin that I enjoyed. I have recently started reading books by Matthew Cox and James Michaels that seem interesting so far. There are quite a few others I have read recently, but I could probably list authors and books all day long. I’m always finding new things to read, Indie or otherwise.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently writing Earthshaker Series book 4, and writing a co-authored book called Soul Warriors vs Witches with Joseph Cautilli. I have a few other projects lined up as well: I’m waiting for a response on a fantasy novel I submitted, and I need to finish writing the sequel to it. I also have a mystery novel to finish writing and one to edit in order to possibly publish it.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Outside of my family, my friend Amber Rose and some of my coworkers at the animal hospital have been very supportive. Some of them read through my WIP and gave me ideas for how to make my writing better. And now that I have the first three books published, several of them have purchased copies from me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Right now, no. Despite absolutely loving it, and having three novels out, I am not making money at it yet. My goal is to keep writing and publishing. So far I am self-published, which I know isn’t the best for making sales and getting my name out there, but I am hoping in the future to make writing my career. At the very least I would love to have it supplement what I currently make at the animal hospital.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Honestly? Probably not. I like how Hunter turned out, and the people who read it for me before I published it also liked it how it was.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I feel like I was born with a book in my hand. I can’t remember a time before I was addicted to reading. Then I decided there were some stories I wanted to read, but they were only in my head, so I decided to let them out. Since I started writing, I have written six complete novels and I have four others partially written. I have also written several short stories, most of which are connected to the Earthshaker Series.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, but keep in mind this is first draft, so it is subject to change: Here is a short excerpt from Earthshaker Series book 4: Oblivion:
Footsteps were approaching, and I began to wonder why this room was left open. There appeared to be no reason for it to be…Spinning away from the computer I ran for the door. I realized too late that there was a security camera over the door of the lab. I am beginning to suspect that they know I’m here.
A suspicion that proved accurate when I opened the door, only to face five guards in a semi-circle around the door. Three of them held their guns on me, the other two raised the cattle prods they held. I released the power hiding me from their normal sight, and raised my arms in surrender. I’m outnumbered. Fighting them right now would not help me. Or Jason.
Glaring at them, I warned, “You won’t hold me long. And I will tear this place to the ground!”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I am not always good with grammar and punctuation. Thankfully, my mom (a teacher who had a focus in English) is very good at it, and is willing to go through my books and find the errors.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Right now I have a couple favorites: Rob Thurman, Benedict Jacka, and Kevin Hearne are a few of my fave’s. I love the way they write their characters. Even if the stories sometimes get way out there, the characters carry the story.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not so far, but I am working on setting up my first book signing. It will be in a small venue, but for a first time that’s what I want.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers were all designed by David McGlumphy, and I can’t thank him enough. When I started out, I tried making my own covers, and they were not very good, so I am extremely grateful that he was able to design some covers for me that I absolutely love.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding time to write it. I work a full time job and drive about an hour and a half per day to get to it. I also have multiple family activities and other hobbies (like horseback riding and spending time with my other animals) that take a lot of my time. As much as I love it, writing is not my number one priority.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned how to make better characters. Before the Earthshaker Series, I always felt that I was lacking in character development. Now I get complimented on my characters.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
One piece of advice is to realize that not everyone is going to fall in love with your writing, so be prepared for rejection and criticism. Also, you will most likely not have a best seller right out of the gate, so don’t get too depressed if the first book you publish doesn’t seem to do well. Writing is very subjective. You just have to find your audience, then you have a better chance to succeed.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like to say: Thank you so much for giving a brand new author a chance! There are millions of books to choose from, and I’m very grateful that you chose to read mine. And if you enjoyed the story so far, keep reading! I have big plans for the newest book! J
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Quite honestly, I have no idea. I have read so many in my life, there’s no way to pinpoint the first one.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I can’t pinpoint single things that make me laugh, but quite often getting my family together leads to a lot of laughing. Crying is something I don’t do often, but the death of family members and pets definitely makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?
If I were to go with authors, I would have loved to meet Robert Ludlum. I absolutely loved reading his books, and would have enjoyed talking to him about how he came up with his ideas.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Quite honestly I never thought about it. I guess it doesn’t really matter, I won’t be around to read it 😉
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
My absolute favorite hobby is Horseback riding. My mare- an Arab-Appaloosa mix named Rory, is quite spirited, and it makes for interesting rides. I also enjoy archery, just for target shooting, although I haven’t done it for a while.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
For TV shows, I love: Arrow, The Flash, Castle, Scorpion, and Forever.
For Movies: I pretty much love anything Marvel, I like a lot of animated movies including How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2) Rise of the Guardians, and Frozen. I also very much enjoy the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. (There are so many TV shows and Movies I love that it’s hard to pick only a few!)
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I quite often live on Pizza, but my favorite meal is Venison Stroganoff. My favorite color is Green. I have a lot of music I enjoy, but some favorites are: Josh Groban, Nickel Creek, and Simon and Garfunkel.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Pretty much what I do on a daily basis: work as a Veterinary Assistant. It can be stressful, but I love it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My blog is: http://adrianne-lemke.blogspot.co.uk
And FB page: www.facebook.com/earthshakerfans