Name Addie J. King
Old enough to know better….young enough to test the limits? HA! I’m in my late thirties.
Where are you from?
I’m from a small town. I grew up in West Liberty, Ohio. I currently live just a ten minute drive from there, in Urbana, Ohio.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Well…I’m a full time lawyer, and an author whenever I can! I have a degree in criminal justice from Ohio Northern University and a law degree from the University of Dayton. I’m married, a stepmom, and I am a home improvement and cooking show addict.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well, book four of The Grimm Legacy series, THE BUNYAN BARTER, is scheduled for release on August 21, 2015. I also have a new series coming out starting this fall (date yet to be announced), unrelated to the Grimm books. The first book is called SHADES OF GRAY; THE HOCHENWALT FILES. It’s a werewolf cop drama.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing off and on since I was in the first grade, making up stories and telling them. I did some writing for the junior high, high school, college, and even law school student newspapers, but didn’t get really serious about writing fiction until after I was completely out of school and past the bar exam.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always thought of myself as a writer, but I didn’t think I was a serious writer until I finished my first novel and joined a writer’s critique group. Then, I realized just how much work was involved, loved it anyway, and just embraced it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book that was published was the first in The Grimm Legacy series (by the same name). I saw the movie The Brothers Grimm with Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, and I kept thinking about all the folk tales I’d heard as a kid growing up. I loved the Grimm tales, and I started doing some reading about the Brothers Grimm. I learned that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm had actually studied law before they turned to folk tales and linguistics, and the idea grew from there.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Well, the Grimm books are set at the law school I went to. There really is a lot of stress on the first day, a lot of stress at exam time, and that doesn’t really change until you get your bar exam results. The law students at that school really do have lockers, to keep from having to carry all those heavy books all the time, and there really are study groups and study partners. Not so realistic? Well, talking frogs, trips to Wonderland, getting attacked by the jackalope…
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Obviously, some of the law school stuff is based on my own experience, as is some of the main character’s statements about preparing for her first internship, dealing with her first court appearance, etc. Otherwise, not so much.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
My friends Chris Garrison and RJ Sullivan have books out that are on my to-be-read pile, and I’m really looking forward to them. I’m also looking forward to a book by Kelly Swails set during Prohibition, with a fantasy twist, that she and I discussed at a convention recently.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on the final book in The Grimm Legacy series, THE PERRAULT VOW. I’m also working on another novel, called GIRL VERSUS DEMON: DEMON DEADLY SINS, that I’ve described as Angel meets Ghostbusters, with demon exterminators fighting the seven deadly sins.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
One of my absolute favorite authors is Christopher Moore. He’s got a new book coming out in August, a sequel to DIRTY JOBS. I can’t wait to get it!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I do a lot of travel, but I’ve stayed in the same geographical location, because I can get more bang for my buck if I’m not buying plane tickets or shipping books. If you run into me outside of a book trip, I still might have books in the car!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice I can give is to apply one’s rear to the seat of the computer chair and place the hands on the keyboard and type. Or apply the pen to the paper. Seriously, I talk to people all the time that say that they want to write, but that they don’t do it. The first step is to actually write. Get something down on paper. You can fix mistakes later, but start with getting a story on a page. You can’t fix a blank page.
Once you have a story on a page, seek out people who will give you honest, constructive critique. Listen to the feedback you get, and don’t be afraid to make changes.
And don’t give up. I know a number of very talented writers who didn’t follow through with great ideas and good writing, and never got them published. The ones that might be less talented that didn’t give up are more likely to get published. Publishers and agents can’t say yes to something they never see.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I like to crochet, to cook, and to watch my stepson play soccer. I read all the time, and even if I’m working in the garden or yard, I’m likely reading on the Kindle app on my phone or listening to an audio book on Audible. I’m a sucker for podcasts, as well, from Writing Excuses to Stuff Your Mom Never Told You.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Big fan of Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, and Rehab Addict. I like watching Food Network shows like Chopped, and I watch all kinds of stuff with Gordon Ramsey. I’ve been rather hooked on Outlander as well.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I’m a sucker for the color blue. I like folk and Celtic rock, as well as classic and hard rock, and some country. I even listen to classical, especially when writing. Food? Well, I’m a pizza fan, and my mom’s hamloaf is still a favorite, but mostly I just like to try new things. I like mom and pop restaurants that do their own thing over a chain almost every single time!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
You can find me at www.addiejking.com, follow me on Facebook at Addie J. King, and I’m on Twitter sporadically at @addiejking
Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Addie-J.-King/e/B005DYMDHQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_3