Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock, Book 1 of 5 in The Chronicles of A series. I know you’re going to enjoy the following interview with the author!
My inspiration came from one of my jobs actually. I’m a babysitter to these 3 amazing little girls, all of whom love to read, and one day one of them demanded a new story. Apparently they wanted a girl to go on an adventure just like the boys, and so I wrote Adela Arthur. I told them story after story about Adela Arthur, and one day it just clicked to write them down.
How much do you have in common with Adela, the main character?
We are both book and movie nerds. Throughout the novel, she makes references to novels, TV shows and movies, which doesn’t really make sense to anyone since she is part of a new world. She’s quirky and also very hard on herself, traits that I also deal with.
Book 1, Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock, is currently available. Four more books are to follow. When can we expect the next installment?
The next book in the Chronicles of A is Adela Arthur and the Eternal Evergreen. It picks up a month after the first book and takes place over the summer. Adela is forced to deal with the truths that are revealed to her in the first books, all while dealing with a new danger lurking the halls.
How do you find time to do so much writing as a full-time college student?
Ha ha, good question. So … I tend to forgo sleeping most nights. I love college, I really do, but it is hard to manage writing and school. I have a great circle of friends who help me focus and make me have fun. I’m not really sure how it’s all working right now, but I hope to keep all my balls in the air.
What are you currently studying?
Biology. Yep, every time I tell people they are always surprised.
Do you have any other writing projects in the works?
Yes, I have another Young Adult novel coming out in the fall/winter, hopefully by Tri-Destiny Publishing. It’s called Moonrise and follows the life of Cordelia Lane, a human, and Aedan Galahad, an angel. I love Young Adult novels, but after Adela Arthur and Moonrise, I’m outlining a Historical Fiction novel.
How does Maya Angelou inspire you?
Thank you for asking this question! Maya Angelou to me is huge. In all of her writings, I feel as though she is talking about me or trying to reach me. She inspires me because she makes me think and feel a different emotion each time I read her work. She’s just amazing!
You do book reviewing, in addition to everything else. What is your favorite genre to read?
I wish I could do more! I love books, and I really don’t have a favorite genre. I just read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.
What are you reading now? What is coming up on your TBR pile?
Right now I’m trying to read The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.
You also like to do book covers. Why do you redo covers on your blog?
By no means do I ever want to tear down an author’s cover. I just love art! And when a book has a cool title, my mind goes off into all of these ideas. I’ve done a whole bunch of covers for my books. Before I even write, I have to make a mock cover. I’m not sure why. It just inspires me to write and/or read.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
Um … I’m not sure. I really love politics and religion -- not the part where everyone is yelling at each other, but the learning aspect of them. I love learning about other people’s religion or lack thereof and what people believe. Knowing what people believe is a huge step in defining a character.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Check out my book! Please and thank you!
Thank you so much for your time!
No, thank you! Your questions are amazing!
Inspired by Maya Angelou and even a little of Dr. Seuss, JUDYANN MCCOLE began writing when she was in middle school, but most of it was just simple poetry. She was a senior in high school when she started working on Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock during her history class. It started off as a short story for a group of young kids she babysat for and grew into an adventure she herself wanted to go on. She is currently attending college in Virginia where she hopes to finish the next adventure in Adela Arthur’s life.
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