Author, Addie J. King, breaks onto the contemporary mythology scene with, THE GRIMM LEGACY, a romp through some new applications of what we thought we knew about storybook legends. Lawyer by day, and storyteller by night (and day, and dusk, and dawn) we’re fortunate to snag the sleeve of a very busy lady.
We’d like to thank Addie for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.
AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?
Addie: My first credit was a short story, “Poltergeist on Aisle Fourteen”, which appeared in the anthology MYSTERY TIMES TEN 2011. It was a story about a cheerleader who solved a ghost’s murder in a grocery store…after he hit her in the back of the head with a strawberry to get her attention.
AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.
Addie: THE GRIMM LEGACY was so incredibly fun to write! It’s about Janie Grimm, a first year law student, who learns that her father was murdered, her stepmother has an agenda, her professors think she’s crazy, and the talking frog who shows up at her apartment isn’t helping…he’d like to watch some NASCAR and would like some imported beer. And don’t forget the unexpected romantic attraction to the man who tries to help her solve her father’s murder…and the Foundation for Ancestry, Biography, Legends, Epics and Stories (F.A.B.L.E.S.), who help her piece it all together.
AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who (or what) else do you feel has contributed to your success?
Addie: I have awesome friends and family. They are incredibly supportive, even when they don’t quite get the writer crazy. The publisher has been nothing but wonderful even through the editing process, and I’ve belonged to some very cool writer critique groups.
AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?
Addie: I’m not sure how to answer that, because I write in fits and starts, squeezed in between a million and one different things. The best time is probably when I actually block out time and force myself to sit down and concentrate, not really any particular time of day.
I’m used to writing in the hallway of the courthouse between hearings (I’m a lawyer in my day job), with the television blasting, while waiting in line at the bank, and pretty much in the middle of mass chaos. Day or night doesn’t matter so much. It also depends on whether I’m plotting, writing a first draft, or editing. Plotting and editing are easier in bits and drabs, writing a first draft takes more concentrated blocks of time.
AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?
Addie: There’s a word for a writer that never gives up, never quits, and keeps learning and submitting. Published.