As a writer, a person, and a mother, I've always believed in following your dreams, following
your heart. It's also important to keep your heart, so I also believe in being prepared for zombie
attacks and can't stress enough the importance of having regular family drills so every
member of the household is zombie-ready. One never knows.Make sure the sofa is ready to
push in front of the door. be clear that if a member of the family is on the wrong side of the
door when the zombie action goes down. They remain on the wrong side of the door. The
greater good, etc.
I live in Springfield, Oregon in a zombie-free home (except when meeting deadlines) with three
cats, Amiga, Diabla, and Ember and have two sons and three grandchildren and two
granddogs. I hope one day to write a masterpiece like my father's parody of Jaws, a work
written on yellow legal paper entitled Beak, the story of a rogue twenty thousand pound
Cornish game hen and the men who seek to end its deadly rampage. If i write anything half as
funny (and this involved tears and gasping for air), I'll be happy.
| Adrian Phoenix
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do you get your ideas?
I keep an idea pixie (very comfortably, mind you) in the bottom drawer of my dresser whom I feed pixie sticks in exchange for ideas. Actually I get my ideas from
everything and everywhere. Music, books, movies, TV. Everything I watch/listen/read sparks all kinds of “what if” riffs and scenarios in my imagination.
What's your daily routine?
I’m writing fulltime now (with two series), so after slurping coffee and playing with my cats, I write during the day with regular hours, just like I did with my day job. I’m
a reasonable boss (hah!), so I allow a couple of breaks and lunch. I have a daily word quota and once I hit that, I can stop for the day—if I want. Then I try to update all
my social network contacts, answer email, blog, etc.
Why urban fantasy?
To which I say, why not? Urban fantasy allows a huge playing field with urban, paranormal, and fantasy elements. I enjoy reading urban fantasy and paranormal
stories, and vampires, of course. I didn’t set out to write a particular genre per se, that’s just where my stories belong.
When is the next book coming out?
The fourth Maker’s Song book, ETCHED IN BONE, will be out February 22, 2011 and the next Kallie Rivière Hoodoo book, BLACK HEART LOA, will be out June 28,
2011. Book five of The Maker’s Song, ON MIDNIGHT WINGS, will follow.
Who are your favorite authors/greatest influences?
My greatest influences are S.E. Hinton and Stephen King. Reading is one of my fave pastimes and I love reading books in all genres, including non-fiction. Just
check my blog’s sidebar for a list and links to my fave authors. http://adrianphoenix.com/blog/
Who else do you recommend in the Urban Fantasy genre?
I love Jeaniene Frost, Jeri-Smith Ready, D.B. Reynolds, Jaye Wells, Devon Monk, Jennifer Estep, Jenna Black, Kelly Gay, Jeanne C. Stein, Phaedra Weldon, Mark
Henry – among others.
Why don’t you have a movie/TV series made out of your books?
I would love to see my stories and characters on the big or small screen, but that’s not something I have control over. At this point, no serious offers have been
made. But if that changes, y’all will the first to know.
Will there be more Maker’s Song books with Dante and Heather?
Yes, absolutely! Pocket has picked up books five and six of The Maker’s Song and I hope to continue with the series for as long as there are stories to tell.
Will Lucien and/or Von from The Maker’s Song ever get books of their own?
At some point in the future, yes. In the meantime, I’ll most likely post short stories about them.
Is Dante based on anyone in particular?
Music inspired the creation of Dante more than anything else—Nine Inch Nails in particular. As for which albums, all of them, but The Downward Spiral, The Fragile,
and Year Zero played a larger role. Eric Draven (as portrayed by Brandon Lee) of The Crow and Trent Reznor were influences also, but Dante is uniquely his own.
Do you consider yourself a plotter or a panster?
Y’know, originally I was a panster. I created characters, then started writing their story. Now, because of all the complicated layers in The Maker’s Song series (and
the Kallie Rivière Hoodoo series is heading that way), I’ve learned that a bit of plotting is necessary to keep track of all the sub-plots. So, currently, I’m both plotter
Do you have any advice you’d give to would-be authors?
Plant butt in chair and write. Discipline and perseverance are key to succeeding. Even if you only write ten minutes a day, do it every day. You need to view your
writing as a job and treat it that way, especially if you hope to make a living at it some day. Believe in yourself and write every single day. Work for your dream – you’ll
get it. And research the business!
What influences the creation of your characters?
Music is the biggest influence. It is an emotional soundscape as I write and a catalyst for creation. Music is my muse.
What is the difference between hoodoo and Voodoo?
The main difference is that Voodoo is a religion, with priestesses (mambos), priests (houngans) and devoted practitioners who participate in ceremonies to
summon the loa (natural spirits and those of the dead), while Hoodoo is a system of folk magic following the same belief system as Voodoo, including the same
With hoodoo, there are no priests or priestesses or ceremonies, just root doctors and root workers (also known as conjurers) working out of their homes and/or
Can we expect to see more of Kallie, Layne, and Belladonna? How many books are in the series?
Yes, definitely plan on seeing more of Kallie and her friends. The series is open-ended, like The Maker’s Song series.