Name Adelita Smith
Age 40 ish
Where are you from
I was born in Kingman, Arizona
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I am a wife, mother of 4 adult children, and a grandmother. I have worked as a medical assistant, managed a law office, went to cosmetology school and am currently employed for a municipal government entity.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I recently just self published my first book, it is a compilation of poems over many years.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
For me it started when I was about 8 years old. I had a fight with my brother and was angry and frustrated so to vent I found a paper and pencil. The rest is history.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always written so I never considered myself anything else. It is my core, it is who I am and what I have always done. It is a part of who I am, not just something I do.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve often thought about releasing my words to the universe however I was always protective and held them close to my vest. My releasing the book is also freeing my soul. No longer just captive and held onto but somehow gone, and exposed. It feels great!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to really enjoy the lyrical writing form, although I have several actual novels rambling through my skull. I can’t wait to put them to pen (or computer screen).
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was actually going to use a different title for my book, I had a friend draw something special for me and when the time came, for some reason it just didn’t seem to fit well. So my husband and I searched our photos and found one that fit. It demanded a new title and since most of the poems seem to come from a darker place I decided to call it “Fade” the memories of darkness fade…they are not who I am today, but a record of where I was at one point in my life somewhere along the way.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No message really, however if just one person can actually relate to a poem I’ve written then I’ve done what I intended.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Several people and all sorts of events in my life.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The bible, I believe in God, a higher power and we all learn and grow.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Dean Koontz “Saint Odd” I love Dean Koontz!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I have recently found a lot of them however I have not yet read anything from them. I’ve been writing a lot lately. Book number two coming soon, haha!!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am writing more poetry and starting my first novel, I have an outline of the characters, situations and storyline, now I just have to make it all fit together somehow.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends, dear friends since childhood. This social network thing is pretty amazing. I’ve always cherished my first grade teacher, Mrs. Coleman. I always wanted to make her proud.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Perhaps someday, but right now it isn’t my main focus. I realistically must still pay the bills but if this is meant to be I won’t fight it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I believe that any attempt means that you tried. I am proud of it and I did it. My heart is good.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I loved music at an early age and really liked how it could alter your mood with the melody but with the words you could really give it a double punch, so I learned young that words were so much more. It is how we communicate, how we relate and how we express how we feel.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Love & Hate
Love and hate are our emotions
Love is love and sometimes in potions
Hate is hate and very fearful
Why can’t we all just be cheerful
Love is love and hate is hate
I hope someday we get it straight
Adelita age 8
my very first poem
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, sometimes I am driving or busy doing things and my mind can’t stop thinking of writing, when I finally sit down to write I can be there for hours and the poems flow out of me like a fountain, they just don’t stop.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I really enjoy Edgar Allan Poe, pure genius!! I love how dark and beautiful it is. I love all poetry but his grabs me and makes me really pay attention.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, not that I’m opposed to it. I love to travel but it just hasn’t come up.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover is a photograph taken by me and my husband set the graphics and did the design work. I love it! It looks amazing, thanks Baybuh!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For me it was releasing it, it is like an open journal of raw emotions that flowed out of me at some point in my life. Sharing isn’t a strong point, especially my work, my poems. To me that was a big deal.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, of course. I learned that I can do anything I put my heart into. I’ve also learned that I have several more books inside of me.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do what makes YOU happiest. It will reach everyone but it may only touch a few. The few it touches make it all worth while.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, thank you and thank YOU!!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes, it was “Fun with Dick and Jane” in first grade. It was magical when the letters made sense to me and told a story that matched the picture.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am an emotional creature. I get excited rolling down a grassy hill and laughing out loud. I love to walk slow in the rain, with my head held up high and smiling, it reminds me that I am alive. I enjoying my husband and children and I share in their joys and pains. That is what is all about for me, my family.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
If I only had to choose one it would be Roy Orbison. I would hug him and tell him that I feel him. No other voice has ever held me captive or reached so deep into my soul by lyrics alone.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“I lived out loud and loved deeply” because it is true.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I am a water baby, I love anything to do with water. I love swimming, fishing, boating. I collect Mickey Mouse anything and I love music and watching bands play live shows.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy cheesy 80’s movies, John Carpenters version of “The Thing” and I don’t watch television much but I like paranormal shows sometimes.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I enjoy anything cheesy, meaty or saucy. I have an addiction to Chocolate Teddy Grahams. I love the colors blue and pink. Music is grand! I love Roy Orbison, Wendy Starland (she discovered who the world now knows as lady gaga), Digital Summer and The RapScallions, in addition to anything 80’s.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m already a wife and mother. I’ve always wanted to be a grandmother and that dream also has been fulfilled. I am a blessed woman.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Currently working on one, however if anyone wants my poem book they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request one.