Hey, it's Monday, so it's time for another Author Interview!
Today I have AC Adams dropping in to spend some time with us.
AC Adams is a new author, having just launched her first Kindle Vella project, called “Finding Faith.” Despite being a new author, she’s been writing most of her life, including all the usual bad poetry and sappy stories in high school, and a stint on the college paper. When she’s not writing or working one of her two jobs, she and her girlfriend are planning Life After University. She has two cats who interfere with her writing all the time and has been a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan her whole life.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. I think the first book I wrote was a little eight-page comic when I was seven? It was about a dragon and a unicorn who went on a magic carpet ride.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Oh, don’t get me started! Seriously. I’m still a student, working on my MFA, so that takes a chunk of my time. Then I have a TA job through the university, and I get all the shit jobs and crappy classes. I thought I got away from early-morning classes when I got through my freshman year, but no! Now I’m teaching, officially co-teaching, those same crappy classes, plus grading papers and tests and office hours and if I ever wanted to be a teacher? This has killed it! But that only pays for my tuition, mostly. I have to work part-time as a barista, too. And then my girlfriend deserves my time, too, which doesn’t leave me much to write. Which is actually one reason why I’m doing the Kindle Vella thing, because I can write in little bites!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I have time, my girlfriend and I will walk around the city. We’ve lived here for six years now, near enough, and there’s still places to discover. We’ll just go out and walk, or ride the subway, and see what we can find. It’s fun! We’ve found the greatest little restaurants, there’s a bunch of clubs which are fucking fantastic places to hang out, and I’ve even found more bookstores than I thought could exist in a city!
What does your family think of your writing?
They’ve always been supportive of me, but it’s my girlfriend who’s really been the biggest lift. I couldn’t do what I’m doing without her and her encouragement. My mom and dad, well, what I’m writing isn’t really their style of reading, but they’re happy I’m doing something I enjoy.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Getting the details right is important and hugely frustrating! Like, the first book in this trilogy is set in medieval Rome. Some of the things, I know. Many, I don’t, so I go looking. As a result, I’m learning so much about it, but there’s also big blank spots. Things that just aren’t covered in any meaningful way, at least in forums that a casual search reveals. So there are gaps in my knowledge, which I’m have to fill in by guesswork.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Trust your gut. I know, it’s sounds silly coming from a woman with a BA in Literature and almost a MFA in Creative Writing, but the best work I’ve put out has been the work which broke the “rules.” The stories which I hammered into proper grammatical shape, the ones which followed the Hero’s Journey? They’re flat and boring. Trust your gut, and when you’re dealing with an editor, be prepared to stand your ground and defend your choices!
Do you like to create books for adults?
My story starts with the main character bent over a bed being screwed by a future Pope; you tell me!
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters you care about. If you don’t care about what happens to the character, why would you read any further? Conversely, if you have great characters, you can overlook flaws in the story and plot which would sink another book. I’ve read enough of both to be able to recognize them pretty quickly.
What is the first book that made you cry?
You’re gonna think it’s silly. But back when I was little I found my dad’s copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and you know the scene where the whale falls to the planet? I was maybe six, and didn’t understand it was supposed to be funny, but all I could see was a whale going splatter on an alien world. I was inconsolable, and couldn’t look at that book for years!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It irritates my girlfriend, because I can be tired when I get home and ready to crawl into bed and cuddle, but then I start writing and suddenly I’m ready to go for hours, and not the way she wants me to be!
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I do, actually. Not totally; but this name isn’t quite my actual name. I’m still trying to get my MFA and if my professors find what I’m writing? I don’t want to think about it!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m just getting started in the business, but all the people who I’ve been interacting with have been so helpful! But I’ll mention a few. Lily Skyy, Emily Shore, JE Taylor, and Madi Degraff, they’ve all been nothing but sweet and helpful to me, bringing me in on lots of really cool things and helping me learn my way around! Lily and Emily write great Vella stories - I'm addicted to them both! - and Jane and Madi have great novels out there. If you're reading this, go find them! You won't regret it!
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you building a body of work with connections between each book?
Once I finish my series, I’ll see what I do next!
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I don’t want to think about it! I’m working on going back and revising them, taking what I’ve learned in my MFA and applying it to stuff I wrote years ago. But it’s going to be a long haul before any of that is ready to be seen!
What do you have coming next?
My current Kindle Vella project is going well, and should be going for a while. It’s going to be in three series. The first one is Finding Faith, the second is Testing Faith, and the third is Having Faith. I’ll also be writing a novella to go with it, Kalili’s Temptation. It’s exciting and I don’t know where it’s going!
I’d love to have people follow me and read my Kindle Vella series!
Okay, so Vella link: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09VNRZLFZ
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/964332554453934
Website: https://www.kaliliandfaith.com (I do sneak peeks here!)