BIO: Allie K. Adams is the bestselling author of several award-winning stories. An active member of the search and rescue, as well as previously served as a reserve deputy, Allie has firsthand experience in most of the dangers she writes about. Known for her highly erotic, deeply intense suspense romances, she can be found most days in front of her computer, saving the world one sizzling story at a time. She grew up in Seattle and now currently lives in southwest Montana with her husband, two kids, and two fluff ball dogs.
She loves to hear from readers and encourages them to reach out to her through her website at www.alliekadams.com.
What inspires you to write?
I love happy endings. Reality is too…real. Everyone deserves a happily ever after–well, at least the characters I write about. I want to be the one to give that to them. I also want to be the reason a reader dreads the ending of a story so they don’t have to say goodbye to the characters, yet can’t put the book down. That’s also why I write series books. I don’t want to say goodbye to them, either!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am what I call the plotting pantser. It’s the best of both worlds. I start with a basic idea and plot it out at the 80K foot level. Once I have that down, I wing it. I do three drafts: Downdraft is just getting the initial draft down; Updraft is going back through and cleaning it up by making sure he has the same eye color, she has the same hair color, same names, etc; Backdraft is coming back to the story after a few weeks so I have a fresh set of eyes. I also change the format so it looks like a different book. I start from the beginning and read it until the end, making any final polishes. Three drafts. That’s it. Anything more than that and I’ll edit my voice right out of the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters ALL the time. I also take notes when my character is being annoyingly evasive. I have killed off characters when they don’t behave. I’m not afraid to do it again.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. One word. Simple. To the point. Seriously, the only way to make it is to try. Write. Write what you know. Read what you don’t and then write about it. Go to conferences. Network. Learn your craft. Don’t break the rules until you know what they are. But, above all else… Write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This is a great question! I’d always dreamed of seeing my books in the brick & mortar stores like Barnes & Noble. I used to walk into a bookstore and take a deep breath, knowing I’d found my home. I would have sold my soul to have a book on the shelf. But then I found out what happened to all the books that didn’t end up in someone’s hands. If a publisher produced a print run of 10,000 to distribute to the bookstores and only half sold, 5,000 books end up in a landfill, the covers torn off and returned to the publisher for credit. I hated the idea of all of my hard work rotting in a landfill, let alone what that does to our already overstuffed landfills, so I did some research and discovered the beauty of digital publishing and Print On Demand, or POD. E-readers across the globe can download my book within seconds. If the reader wants that paper book to have and to hold, she simply orders it online (Amazon is my fav) and it’s delivered within a few days. No more print runs. No more landfills. To me, it just makes sense.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The power has shifted. It used to be a small group of publishers based out of NY that controlled the world of publishing. That’s changed, thanks to digital technology. Publishers sprouted up all over the place to jump on the digital bandwagon. Some publishers collapsed when they refused to embrace the world of digital publishing, but others merged and hung on, kicking and screaming, as the digital age took over. E-books are more affordable, convenient, and flexible. You find a typo, you upload a clean version. Going on a long trip? You no longer need a separate suitcase for your books. You simply download them to your e-reader and go. In my opinion, the future of book publishing will continue to change, to shift, and give more power to the author. Self-Publishing is the future. Authors know what readers want, being readers themselves, and are savvy enough to get it done–and so much faster! It used to be anywhere from a year to two years to see your book hit the shelves after finishing it. Now it’s anywhere from a day to a couple months, depending on cover art, editing, promo, etc. It’s liberating to have the power to control your destiny. 🙂
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Thriller, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print