Name Kerry Adrienne
Where are you from Asheville, NC
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc :
I’m a mom to three daughters and been married to my husband for 26 years. We have seven cats (including 2 Bengals and 5 rescues), a bunny, a gecko, and a Panther chameleon. I’m also a costumer and I love to sew, draw, and paint.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is that I’m writing a series with Lia Davis called Cursed In Stone. It’s a Gothic Romance series with gargoyles, curses, demons, gemstones, and is set all over the world. It’s been really fun so far!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Like many of my writer friends, I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing stories.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably high school when I had my first creative writing class.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Wow, that is a hard one. I had so many ideas, but the first book was more science fiction than anything. I worked on it back in the days of typewriters. I also slept with the printed out manuscript under my pillow—I was so happy that I had actually finished a book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I’m fairly descriptive-heavy. I don’t know if that comes from being and English major or what. I love setting details though.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For my latest book, Storm Damaged, I spent a long time trying to come up with a title. The book is about a mermaid and a Navy diver who lost his brother in a diving accident. Now, he’s afraid of the ocean. There’s a hurricane coming and they have to prepare. So the title is a metaphor, really—both characters have been damaged by the storm of life.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, that love conquers all, and that sometimes you need someone else to help you through the rough times. And that it is okay to have someone help you. You don’t have to do everything alone.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Well, I’ve never met a mermaid, but other than that part, the rest could be. The setting is definitely based on the Outer Banks of NC.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, not this book. Some of my other books are, but not this one.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Grapes of Wrath, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—both these are epic stories that influenced me greatly and that I’ve read several times. I’ve had many mentors along my writing journey.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading an anthology about the Middletown Apocalypse. It’s a set of zombie stories all based on the same premise. It’s an interesting concept—and I’m enjoying seeing how each author takes the same information and writes a story. Some are better than others but all of them so far are good.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m always coming across new authors (or new to me). My to-be-read pile is very high. Good thing it is on a kindle.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Besides the series with Lia, I have a series with Carina (Shifter Wars) that I am working on. Book one is due to my editor in a few days.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends in the author community. I’ve had a ton of support there.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Though if it ever stops being fun, I’ll stop doing it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Wow, that is a tough question. Yes, probably. I’m always wanting to go back and change things. And then if a review comes out that isn’t so good…yeah…
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’m pretty sure it stemmed from reading. As a child, I read ALL the time.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Mainly juggling kids and home stuff and writing.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Wow, I don’t have one favorite writer, but Steinbeck is one of my favorites. His characterization is amazing and his stories are so wonderful. They are intimate and sweeping sagas at the same time.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I travel to several conferences a year. This year, I have two writing retreats and three conferences planned.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
It depends. Fiona Jayde is designing the covers for mine and Lia’s Cursed in Stone series. When I am with a publisher such as Carina Press or Loose Id, they have cover artists who do the covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Usually, writing the first couple of chapters. Even if I have the story plotted out, I have a hard time moving on unless I think the first chapters are where I want them—and that is usually after several rewrites.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
You can’t finish a book if you don’t write. Make writing a daily habit. It gets easier.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks so much for supporting me. I appreciate it more than you could ever know!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the first, but I do remember being very young—probably seven—and reading Gone with the Wind in one Saturday and being in a haze for days afterward, I was so entranced.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am such an emotional person, just about everything makes me laugh and/or cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet Chopin. I think he was such an amazing creative person.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t a headstone, I think taking up space like that is a bit wasteful. But if I had a “slogan”, I would hope that it would be something along the lines of, “she lived every moment to the fullest”.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Yes, too many. Sewing, painting, drawing, playing guitar, just about every craft imaginable…
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love The Walking Dead, Project Runway, Survivor…
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
Mac n Cheese, Purple, and Marilyn Manson and Green Day.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Be a teacher. (but I do that on the side. I teach college fiction writing)
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Here is my Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Kerry-Adrienne/e/B00G2BLNDE/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1