MY INTERVIEW WITH INDIA R. ADAMS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m India R. Adams, a Visionary author who writes in the genres of Contemporary, Metaphysical, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal. I can’t seem to stick to one genre. My mind refuses. Hahahah…
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Let’s see… The series you are presently reading is Tainted Water. It is contemporary. It also is a crossover from YA to Na. The first novella, Blue Waters (a book anyone can get for free when they sign up for my newsletter—yes, shameless plug), came to me when I had a vision of a young man swimming in blue water, reaching out to a drowning girl. His emotions, the determination in his eyes to save the teenage girl was so profound, I instantly heard her thoughts in my head. She was finding him beautiful in a sense, hence the prologue.
Her name is Whitney Summers.
His is Reether Jones, AKA, Link.
After deciding Whit’s backstory and how Link is a part of her world, Blue Waters was created. It was to be a standalone. That was my plan. But, after I finished the novella, I put in my earphones and took a walk. Link kept screaming past the music in my ears, demanding there was more of his story to be told.
I returned from my walk and sat at my laptop, buckling to his pleading. Black Waters flowed right out of my soul. It was awesome. Link is a wonderful young man. It is an honor to write for him.
After readers read Black Waters, they begged to know where Whit was during a time… Red Waters is where this series crosses over into NA. It is a heavy tale. This novella will be released March 7th, 2019.
The 4th novella will be Volatile Waters. The 5th (and so far final novella) will be Ashen Waters.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I don’t plan. My stories become what they want to be. It’s really wild. I see a vision and then start writing. My characters run this show. I am simply their outlet.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
My research wasn’t intended to be for the Tainted Water series, it morphed into it by accident or divine design. Maybe that is for the reader to decide. Since I was in high school, when I learned about sexually slavery, I have been an advocate against the gruesome crime. I guess you could say my characters gave me an outlet too.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I could, but readers have said blind is best with this series, that they love all the twists. But, here is the desciption to the first novella, Blue Waters:
The blue water I sank through was angelic, quiet, peaceful…
Whitney is a vivacious, highly spirited seventeen-year-old girl. Her motto, “Live life to the fullest,” is derailed when the young man who’s captured her attention turns out to be the son of the drug tycoon who provided the drugs that killed her brother. Whitney believes she needs to heal from her first heartache, not knowing she is a part of a devious trade—one that violates human rights, and she has been… since the day she was born.
Blue Waters is the first novella in Tainted Waters and begins a story of deception, corruption, self discovery, and love with all that it demands you sacrifice…
There was a beauty in dying that day…
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Oh, tough question. Hmmm… so far I’d have to say Black Waters is my favorite because of learning, as an author, that writing has no boundaries. Stories can be such a beautiful ride for a reader. If I had to pick a second favorite, I’d say it is Ashen Waters. Their journey comes full circle and really ties in with another series of mine, Forever.
Do you set a daily writing goal?
I don’t! I write every day, but never demand a certain word count.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Good lord, I have so many books in the works I fear I will die before they all get out. I have several series running at once, so I am always to add to each one, but also have new books wanting to find their moment to shine. My brain is a character mind field. Can be scary and overwhelming at times lol
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Sometimes names are very dear to me. Serenity, from my Forever series, her name is super important. Link, Tainted Water, has a special meaning to Whit. Rose, from my Stranger in the Woods series, also has special meaning to those books. Same goes for Rain, River and Mist, also a part of my Stranger series.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve recently written some darker stories (my readers kept asking). It was a little shocking how easy it came to me. I guess they know me well. I also have an Epic Fantasy story in my. It’s titled and laid out. I just need to find the time and privacy (my family can be loud in my house) to allow this story out.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Judgement. I’ve been lucky thus far, but authors I know have really had some rough reviews. It’s almost as if the reviewer forgot there is a human with feeling behind the title of the book they are tearing apart! Being an author can be very hard.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have one! For Serenity. It’s on my website and YouTube.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Book wise? Serenity. It was my first. She will always be my baby.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Readers. They absolutely rock. Sometimes I get tired, but then read a review or receive a PM from a reader. Their kind words of loving my work always refuel me.
Have you always liked to write?
Once I started writing, yes, but I never knew I would become an author.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write because you love it. If you go in thinking you are to make bundles of money, you will most likely be very disappointed. Writing is a passion for me. It is the only reason I am still in the profession.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here’s little taste of unpublished work.
One does not choose the environment they are born into, so can you truly blame what they become? Can you fault the cruel ones for being monsters when inhumane behavior is all they know? Babies are birthed with pure souls, but if compassion and empathy is never present from that day forward, a child will eventfully lose their natural kindness.
I would know.
And, if tears from victims are treated as victories, is it really a surprise that the same child soon yearns more wins?
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why? Are you trying to get me in trouble?
Picking one may cause a mental overload!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Good question. It depends on the story. Some get me all kinds of excited. Others, the serious subject ones, absolutely drain me.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Deadlines. I hate them!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Of course I want my readers happy but I write what my heart wants, then I cross my fingers, hoping they like it! So far so good.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I am writing one, actually. Its title (so far) Girl Warrior. It will be a wild ride for my readers because I know, just know, they will start connecting all the dots within all my fictional stories and see there has always been a part of me, in every one of them.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
NEWSLETTER : https://bit.ly/2x9Z3fj
PURPLE FLAMES : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1766660446923085/
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/IndiaRAdams/
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/indiaradams/
WEBSITE : https://indiaradams.com/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️ You are so welcome!
Thank you for having me!