I'm so excited to have Adrienne Wilder here with us today. If you have not read her books stop what you are doing right now and check them out. Her books rock! All of them. Let's give her a big Diva welcome.
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Adrienne: Well I am a Georgia native. I grew up in Atlanta and I love to draw and of course write.
Adrienne: All my current books take place in the City of Dragons world. A place where Kin (dragons) walk among humans trying to survive in society. My dragons have no desire to be human, although a few of them have learned to be domestic and can mingle with the public. Most are confined to the Gray Zone. The Gray Zone is kind of a no-man’s land of crumbling buildings that surrounds the Dens. The Dens are where the Queen resides and all Kin are born.
Also in the Gray Zone are Lesser-Breds. These are human Kin hybrids or descendants. They start out as human then go through a change when their Kin genetics wake up.
The City of Dragons series follows the lives of a few Kin trying to survive/work among humans helping to keep them safe.
The Gray Zone focuses on Lesser-Breds. Mostly the stories circulate around the process of becoming—when a human becomes Lesser-Bred. Some of the stories are about simple survival and or sacrifice. They are slice of life stories. A kind of photograph of a moment in a certain Lesser-Bred’s life.
Adrienne: The Gray-Zone stories. It’s important to make sure each new story is unique. Not just the same old process of change. There has to be challenges for each character unique to their situation that they must overcome.
Adrienne: Some of my favorite scenes are between young Adam and Ean in To AdamWith Love. I just really liked the innocence between them and how their relationship grew. I think I liked that part of the book as a whole most of all.
Vanessa: If you could trade places for a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?Adrienne: Oh goodness. This one is hard. I think it would have to be Darwin or Peter. Both of those characters are just so much fun to write. Especially Darwin who doesn’t give two shits about what the world thinks of him and just lives life and loves Peter.
Vanessa: If you were trapped in your sometimes very dangerous Gray Zone which one of your characters would you most want with you and why?
Adrienne: Hmmm---I think I’d want Raithe (From Darwin’s Theory). He’s tough and gentle at the same time.
Adrienne: Darwin is the least like me which is exactly why I like him so much. He’s is brutal, he’s crass, a smart ass, and brave to a fault. I’d never be able to talk or threaten people like Darwin does.
If I had to pick a character most like me, it would probably be Jericho from Worth. He’s a pacifist and will only become aggressive if he has no other choice. He also loves his ‘family’ with all he has and would do anything to take care of them.
Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
Adrienne: I collect antique teddy bears.
Vanessa: How do you spend your down time between edits, deadlines, writing and creating new and fascinating books? Do have a favorite pastime or hobby to fill you spare time with?
Adrienne: Mostly my in between time is spent brainstorming on new books. I don’t think I ever stop. I do like to take time off sometimes just to hang out with friends. But that doesn’t get to happen very often.
Vanessa: Who is your favorite author that you enjoy reading?
Adrienne: There is no way for me to have just one. I enjoy a slew of authors. Everyone from crime story authors, to suspense, to m/m romance.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
Adrienne: I plan on going to Dragon Con. I do not know if I will be on a panel this year or not. I know my editor is trying to get one put together, so we’ll see.
Places to find Adrienne:
FaceBook Adrienne Wilder
Website The Atlanta Dens.com
Adrienne is giving away her two City of Dragons eBooks today, Blood Bonds, and Of Flesh and Blood. To enter just comment below with email address. I will announce the winner on June 1st.