Thursday, January 27, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Adrienne Wilder
Please welcome today's guest author Adrienne Wilder! Adrienne is the author of Blood Bonds and the novella series Darwin's Theory.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Adrienne: When I was very, very young. My baby book (you know those cheesy books that parents love to put in embarrassing entries about your childhood and pictures to document the moment) there is an entry in the "5 years old" section, which asks, "what do you want to be when you grow up." My answer was "a writer." My first "story" is on the next page where I used words to draw flowers and grass and a sun and why they are there. So I guess that's when I officially began writing.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Adrienne: I like the fantastical. While I enjoy a good fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal put the monsters closer to home. I love the idea of being able to ride down the street (In my case in Atlanta) and see the impossible.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Adrienne: Ooooh, that one's easy. I'd want to shape shift. My second choice would be to be able to conjure up completed and edited manuscript with a thought!
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Adrienne: I'm really bad at pimping myself...so pardon me if I don't sound like a high school cheerleader (ra-ra-ra-buy my book).
I'd like to think people would enjoy City of Dragons: Blood Bonds because I've tried to do something other writers haven't done. I know there are books about dragons, even dragons living in modern times. And I know there are plenty of urban fantasies with fantastic elements, with incredible powers, magical moments, mind blowing battles with legendary weapons...I've actually tried to avoid ALL those things. I like to think that what I write is unique because my "fantasy" is based in science. Granted I take great liberties with genetics, physics, etc...but almost all of the metaphysical parts of my story have a truth to them. I've tried to make my monsters real. I don't want them to "be human". I don't want them be seen as human. I want them to be what they are meant to be, even if it means eating people and causing chaos.
In some cases Kin (dragons) carry cell phones, they drive cars, they even have jobs, but they are never human--and most never make excuses for what they are. And because of what they are they don't see the world through human ideals or have human taboos. On the other end of the spectrum there are Kin who simply want to be dragons--and they want humans to be tasty morsels.
The City of Dragons concept has something for everyone. Like our world I've made it diverse. There are struggles, there are failures, my heroes are not perfect and even sometimes selfish in their choices. I try to make my monsters (both the good and bad) as real and different as any one person, without making them human. Or in the case of my human monsters, I try to make them as scary as any fire breathing winged beasty.
In City of Dragons: Blood Bonds, you will find explosions, evisceration, big scary monsters, people getting eaten, dragons getting eaten, a metaphysically perfect Prince married to a narcissistic human woman...I even have Twinkies! Everyone loves Twinkies!
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Adrienne: Honestly, I would probably want unknowns, simply because I'd like the opportunity to find people who fit my characters and not change the characters to fit the actors.
City of Dragons: Blood Bonds by Adrienne Wilder.
Living with Humans is never easy. They don’t do scent exchange, they don’t lick palms, and they have this thing called “personal space”. As the first and only Kin Agent for the Center of Folk and Kin Relations, Haley Night’s job is to help keep the public safe by helping keep the peace. But after an interview with serial man-eater Niles Fury goes terribly wrong, Haley finds herself face-to-face with a plot to destroy her species--genocide. With the help from her best friend and partner Farley, she sets off on a race against time to stop a madman’s plot to destroy Kin. It’s a journey that will put to the test everything she thought she knew: Kin have no God, survive at all costs, and love is only a Human emotion.
Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia… City of Dragons…
Thank you Adrienne for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Adrienne Wilder, her books, and her artwork, please visit her website.