Today we have an interview with our final Vampire month victim and it matches this year’s theme of looking into the past as we welcome back Zoe Adams. You may remember Zoe from last year… let us see how things have changed for her since then.
I collected my degree in October – it was a really exciting day! I really think the course has helped me in numerable ways. I’ve got a much more thorough grasp on the world of publishing, how planning really helps. I’ve got a much more level head on my shoulder, and my work ethic has completely changed around. – much more disciplined now!
2) You have had a year out in the big bad world of publishing, is it different to how you expected it to be?
It’s scary knowing I’ve been around a year with my publisher, it’s quite scary. It’s extremely different. I have an amazing publisher and it’s more like a family. Everyone is supportive of each other and I’ve had the chance to see how others work. Whilst I’m not making millions, I am stable. I feel incredibly lucky to be in this place.
Read and write at all times. I think to be a better writer, you have to read broadly and as often as you can. Whether it’s a genre you like or one you haven’t really tried, you’ll find it helps. Crime novels, I’ve found, are great for looking into characters, their backgrounds and motivations.
4) It has been a whole year since we last interviewed you. What has changed for you in that time?
A lot of things have changed! I have a Ba (Hons), I have multiple eBooks out and I’ve been featured in several anthologies. I’m broadening my horizons in what I’m writing. I’m definitely not afraid of trying new things.
5) You have been published several times in the last year, what are your ambitions regarding writing now?
My ambitions are exactly the same as they were a year ago. To read more, write more and be published even more! I want to create new books and characters, find new worlds. I’m constantly learning more things about myself and gaining new experiences as a writer, and I cannot wait for more.
6) What are your opinions on the Vampire in fiction, do you think it is ever going to lose popularity?
I honestly don’t think vampires will ever lose their popularity. I’m still an advocate of the genre and will avidly read anything with vampires in it. People will always be attracted to them. They may wain in popularity once a genre pops up and has its time in the best sellers chart, but vampires will always sell. People still want to believe in them and their powers.
7) Which writer do you regard as your greatest influence?
I’ve been influenced by a wide array of authors but Kelley Armstrong has definitely touched a part of my soul. A contemporary author, Armstrong has headstrong female characters who are so very human. She has a way with not only adult fiction, but young adult as well. She has multiple series, and I feel she is a very talented woman. I’d love to meet her one day.
Oh, and she has a vampire called Zoe too!
8) Which writer do you feel you most resemble in the way you work?
9) Where do you feel you get most of your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere for me. Song lyrics, video games, dreams, family and my own past.
A lot of my short stories are inspired by lyrics and titles. Examples being, I’m currently working on a fairy short, inspired by the Finnish band HIM, and their song, ‘Wings of a Butterfly’. An erotic piece is from the America rock band Falling in Reverse, and their song, ‘The Drug In Me Is You’. Things just click and poof – I write.
10) What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a Young Adult trilogy – the Twisted Series. They focus on a young girl who is connected to a demon. The first book, ‘Twisted Minds’ introduces our heroine, Talia, and her demon, Devlin. They are taken into a Care Home, where she learns she’s not so different to those around her. I’m really excited with how the book is progressing and what I plan to do with it. It’s a new change for me, working on YA fiction, but I’m really enjoying it, and I hope my readers will too!