Monday, 25 February 2013

Author Interview - EL Adams



Author E.L. Adams

Emma is a 21-year-old author from Birmingham, UK. When she isn't reading voraciously, studying, or taking every opportunity to travel, she can be found in front of her writing desk.

Having aspired to be a writer since the age of ten, Emma aims to give life to her (admittedly bizarre) daydreams, through creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel THE PUPPET SPELL, published in January 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of traditional fantasy, mythology, and video games.

When not living the crazy life of an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Lancaster University, Emma reluctantly resides in the attic in her parents' house in Birmingham. Local rumour is that she is working on a dark fantasy series for mature young adults featuring demons and other assorted night terrors.


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Publishing my book! I’ve wanted to do this for over eleven years, and it still feels like I’m dreaming when I see it on Amazon.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Australia. I went there for a month a couple of years ago and I loved it. But if I had to pick somewhere in the UK, I’d say Lancaster, because it’s been my home for the past three years, or Edinburgh.
When did you first know you could be a writer?  I’ve always written, but it was when I was ten that my teacher suggested that I could be a writer. And that was it: I knew what I wanted to do with my life! I was fourteen when I wrote my first novel (it was terrible…) but it’s taken me years to learn about the business side of being a writer. And I’m still learning!

How did you come up with the title? After hours of agonising and making lists. I’m terrible at coming up with a suitable title before I start writing a book, and I often change it. But ‘The Puppet Spell’ is the best title I could come up with, and there don’t seem to be any problems with it.

Can you tell us about your main character? Lexa is socially awkward, constantly living in the shadow of her overly-confident sister, but in The Puppet Spell she begins to realise her own inner strength.

How much of the book is realistic? It’s a fantasy story – interpret that as you will! I’d put it in the same category as the Harry Potter books, as it suspends disbelief (I hope!) and shows you a world hidden in our own. I think I’d pick Hogwarts over Ebony though!

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? Not so much in The Puppet Spell - I don’t have a sister or a crazy nomadic uncle, or even a cat! A real cat, that is. I just have a goldfish called Shiny Orange the Fourth.

Mind you, I’ve incorporated several real-life experiences into my next book series, but that’s because it’s set at a university, a place where the bizarre is a daily occurrence!

Who is your favorite author and why? It’s probably an obvious one, but I really admire J.K. Rowling for creating a fantasy world millions of people want to live in. That’s some achievement! (I think Errol might have been given my Hogwarts letter. I’ve been waiting ten years…)

Other fantasy authors I really admire are Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Definitely! I’m a compulsive writer and always have several projects on the go at once. I’m working on a dark and creepy supernatural fantasy series for older teens (not for the faint-hearted!) as well as the sequel to The Puppet Spell.

Do you have any advice for writers? It’s not as easy as bestsellers make it seem! Keep working on your craft, read widely within and outside your genre of choice. And if you really want to be published, keep trying! :)




The Puppet Spell

Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master...




Praise
'OMG, my hat goes off to Miss Adams. "The Puppet Spell", is a mind-bogglingly crafted novel...I love the intricate web that is interwoven throughout the story. It leaves you wondering what's real and what has been created from the mind of Adams. It's Harry Potter meets The Matrix. It's a fast-paced story that left me gripping the end of my seat waiting for the next scene to start. Adams's debut novel is a must have! Its original take on magic and other worlds will have you placed under a spell of its own.' - YA author Elle A. Rose (Amazon review)

'Adams has crafted an entertaining fantasy tale with some nicely creepy moments. This novel is aimed at a young audience and should be extremely well received...a brilliantly written adventure story.' - Fantasy author Sharon Stevenson (Amazon review)

"it is easy to see that you are a very gifted writer. I am so impressed by your talent and the story. It has appeal not only for kids but adults as well. I think you will go far with this. Six stars!" - Authonomy review

"You have a wonderful narrative voice for children’s literature." - Authonomy review

"To me it felt like a mixture between Narnia and Dr Who, whilst at the same time being very original and not easy to predict." - Authonomy review

"You have a great idea and have written it wonderfully! The writing is clean and consice, with no words wasted. Your settings and circumstances are described vividly and placed me in the story. All of the characters have distinct personalities and their quirkiness is fresh. You are obviously very talented! This story is put together incredibly well. Highly marketable, very highly starred, and most enjoyable." - Authonomy review

"High stars from me – this is one of the most satisfying reads in this genre I’ve come across in a while." - Authonomy review

Read Chapter One:
http://throughthegateway.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-puppet-spell-teaser.html


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