We’d like to thank her for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.
AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?
Adrienne: Actually, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman was my very first publication credit. I know, I know . . .
AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.
Adrienne: Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate is kind of a sequel to Alex and kind of not. Ooh, cryptic!
Basically it tells the story of Timothy Freshwater, 11, who has been kicked out of every school in the city for being “too smart for his own good”. After a series of coincidences he winds up being the latest master to a dragon trapped in human form as a servant until the 125th year of the Dragon, where if he then scales the Dragon’s Gate he can resume his proper dragon form again. Of course the 125th year of the Dragon happens to be that year, and Timothy has to help him get to China (though he’s not too crazy about being assigned the task).
The way it is a sequel is that halfway through the story Timothy comes across Alex from the first book the day after her adventure finished. So it’s kind of like their two adventures are running parallel to each other and then merge together. Therefore Timothy can be a standalone, but it also is a sequel, and there are a few inside jokes from the first book that you might not get.
If any of that makes sense . . .
AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who else do you feel has contributed to your success?
Adrienne: My parents. And it isn’t just their emotional support (which has been a constant throughout my life), but also the physical help they contribute to the books. They go over all the edits with me and when I produce a first draft they read it and comment on it. They are deeply involved in the process and I honestly don’t know what I would do without their help. Yay Team Kress!
AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?
Adrienne: It’s hard to say. I guess morning and evening, because I really hate afternoons. It might sound flaky but there is something icky about afternoons to me, might be the lighting. But truly I write any time of day, anywhere. Especially towards the end of the process.
AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?
Adrienne: Never give up, never surrender! If you want it badly enough, you can get it. But it requires you to do the work. So read. Read everything. Read things that are not in your genre, read different forms (poetry, plays, graphic novels . . .), read from different periods. And write. Learn the rules and then break the rules. Try things out. If they don’t work, they don’t work. Don’t be afraid to fail.
And understand that while this is a really tough heartbreaking road, there is no miracle to getting published. It can be done as long as you are professional and thoughtful about it. It can be done.