Meet Writer Adrianna Joleigh!
Hello everyone, this month I’d like to introduce you to Adrianna Joleigh. A talented Writer who is soon to release her debut novel, Nadia. So sit back, relax and enjoy!
Author Interview – Adrianna Joleigh
Describe yourself in five words? Do I get to write 5 for each of my personalities? Eccentric, Chuberotic (not to fat and not too skinny Lol…don’t shoot me), Passionate, Comical, Cerebral.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people? That I’m a certified sharp shooter (I know I know ‘’Everybody run, the crazy lady has a gun’’.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I write about them.
What scares you the most? Death, and I do not mean just ‘’Oh, I don’t wanna die!’’. I mean if I see it or smell it (Which I have) my mind goes numb and the worst ache imaginable shoots through my veins.
What makes you happiest? My 14 month old twin baby girls.
Why do you write? It began in a diary, as therapy for me to filter out the pain in my life. After I began writing I realized there was a lot more inside of me that I had imagined. My creative mind began to expand and now I bubble over with ideas constantly. Now, not only do I write for my own therapeutic reasons, but I write to provoke emotions in others.
Have you always enjoyed writing? I’ve only just begun. I remember as a child, I loved English class and Literature. I always had something to write about. My imagination soared. I remember the first and only person to really speak enthusiastically about my writing (My English teacher Ms. Edwards), saying that my poem was the best she had read in such a long time. Mind you that was after she sent me back to my seat several times, telling me I can do better. I stopped writing after I had tried to write, what a thriving 15-year-old girl would consider a ‘novel’, and I was laughed at by the names I used for the characters and my way of expressing myself.
What motivates you to write? My emotions motivate me. It’s a literal craving that I have now, to write. If I do not get it out in some sort of fashion, whether it be scribbles on a napkin, or on the back of a receipt with eyeliner as my pen, I become cranky. (Can I ‘Lol’ in this interview? I feel so serious)
What writing are you most proud of? I’d have to say it’s a piece I wrote shortly after someone had mentioned a new way (new to me) of writing poetry. Its titled ‘’Tortured Heart’’. http://www.adriannajoleigh.blogspot.dk/.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? Becoming a mother. I’ve always wanted to be a mother. I had been told I would never have children. They are a constant reminder that something miraculous can come out of hopeless moments.
What books did you love growing up? My favourite book that comes to mind is ‘’The Giving Tree’’ by Shel Silverstein. To this day, that book brings a tear to my eyes.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you? I’ve never given it any thought. First thing that comes to mind is probably, ‘’Good, now that she is six feet under we don’t have to worry about her bodily functions eating up the ozone layer.’’ Second thing that comes to mind would be, ‘’She was never afraid to herself. Not a moment passed in life where she didn’t try to make her mark in it.’’ Or something along those lines.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in Athens, Georgia, (where being weird is encouraged and the cool kids are the ones that get the atomic-wedgies and tossed into the trashcans – I was one they put into a tree, and threw my shoes onto a power line. LOL << I had to laugh at that one), and now live in Århus, Denmark, where nothing dangerous happens. The only danger here, are the flies that will be the death of me if they do not stop buzzing.
How did you develop your writing? It started off as just ramblings. When I came to google + (I have now named the G+spot) I found an editor who took me under his wing and told me my sentence grammar was atrocious. He’s been very patient with me and has taught me so much already. After six weeks of him nurturing me, I can already tell my mind is trained for better things than what I was creating.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? I have only one poem being published right now, and am not ready to publish my Novel yet, so not sure about that one. I would say Marketing would be hard for me. For reasons, I know not. It just looks like something that would drive me to drink.
What marketing works for you? Food Markets
Do you find it hard to share your work? I used to. I still get this incredible adrenaline rush right before I show the world what I’ve written but I’m no longer scared.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Some of them do, yes. Not all. I do have some that are a bit cynical to the idea, so I refrain from mentioning it.
What else do you do, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full-time… I am a mother of the twins I mentioned earlier. I write all the time that I have free. I read about Writing, and I catch up on my Quantum Mechanics.
What other jobs have you had in your life? Oh dear… Erm, my first job was a waitress, then a bartender, sales manager of three different stores, fireman and rescue specialist, and a software sales consultant. I’ve never been fired. I am bored too easily with things and crave a new adventure.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Law. Not because I love it, but because I feel if you want to outsmart the evil in this world you have to know all there is to know about it. Oh, and of course its stimulating.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Italy!
Tell us about your family? They are crazy. The end.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Laptop. I’m too impatient to wait for my hand to write out with a writing instrument, when I can clearly type much faster.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? Six hours. After having twins, four hours is heavenly.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I’d like to thank my editor, Glendon Perkins, for putting up with my holy-of-a-mess writing and taking the time, and having the patience, to wield me into something better. My friends on G+spot for their continuing support in pushing me forward to teach myself to become a better writer. And of course, last but not least, I’d like to thank the girl’s father for pushing me to write in the first place. If he didn’t insist that I begin writing, then I wouldn’t have met you all.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Whether my writings are proper by writing standards or not; If I manage to evoke in my readers the strong passions that I put into my writing, then I will consider that a great success.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? My marketing campaign would boil down to me running around on G+spot with my hands flailing with my posts in hand. Me personally, I think I’d have a greater chance of making myself known if I take Sam Kintz advice and wander around the streets naked with a big sandwich board draped over me. (He’s going to kill me Lol)
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? I do not have a finished product as of yet. It is in the making. I am featuring it live on my site (adriannajoleigh.com). A Psychological Thriller, titled ‘Nadia’. It’s about a small child losing herself after witnessing a traumatic event. She wakes up years later, having no recollection of her past, except that moment that changed her life forever. The story takes you through the battles she has with her inner demon, a lot of psychological warfare within herself. It’s intense, blunt, and I hold nothing back.
Why? –Mental illness is something that a lot of us can ‘understand’ on some level-Some more severe than others. A lot of people fall victim to this very illness, and are afraid to be honest with themselves, to dive in and find themselves in their own demons. Just because you feel like an alien in your own body doesn’t mean you have to live as one. (Much easier said than done, I know.) ‘Nadia’ is about that journey. It began as a diary for myself and grew into this book. I’m not admitting that it’s about me, but I’m not denying it either.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Is Hitler okay? I don’t like the man, but I would like to dig into his psyche and find out what the (censored here) he was thinking. I’d invite some Jews over along with anyone who isn’t blue eyed and blonde haired, just to watch him lose his mind. Nelson Mandela. Jane Austin! One of my favourite authors. Albert Einstein and James Clerk Maxwell (creator of the Maxwell’s Demon theory-Quantum Mechanics/psychics—I can never keep up). Oh…and Michael Jackson. I have to add a variety. The other guys have been dead for a very long time. They have completely missed out on watching a man go from one extreme to the next, hit high pitches like a girl and grab his crotch while moon-walking. I think some culture could do them some good, or perhaps cause their brain matter to implode. Either way, that would be one entertaining dinner.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? By thinking of what to write..
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I’m not sure how my words will make people feel but I do hope that when they walk away from reading one, it will sit in their minds for a good while. My writings are never as they seem. What you may think is the topic is usually just a disguise for what really lies underneath. I think a selective few will see the layers rather than just the passion put into the writing.
To find out more about the lovely Adrianna, please take the time to visit http://adriannajoleigh.com/ and check out her poetry at http://www.adriannajoleigh.blogspot.dk/
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