Adrienne is a loving wife to an amazing, comical husband, and is a mother and grandmother. She has a big heart and shares some of the love within it with two rescued mutts who amuse her all the time. Adrienne spent the sixties growing up in Central Texas where she adored Nancy Drew, and that’s when she got her taste and passion for literature, and aspired to be a writer. At the University of North Texas, she took Journalism as a business minor and went on to pen corporate PR and training pieces in healthcare and banking careers. After ten years, she went on to study Fiction at night. She now calls Dallas, Texas home and is a contemporary history buff and self-labelled Camelot junkie.
1. What are you working on right now?
I’m in the early months of selling my debut novel, No One Can Know, so it’s all about indie marketing right now. That’s a whole different aspect of writing, boy oh boy, but I’m also beginning the serious task of page production on my next book.
2. Can you tell us a little something about it?
Also a thriller, and something of a sequel to No One Can Know, it takes place in explosive ’68. Certain characters reappear, and again, the flash point is political assassination, this time Dr. Martin Luther King.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m pursuing a lifetime dream of writing novels, making up characters in unexpected crisis is just passionate fun. I also have regard and affection for history; I embrace its value and impact on our lives and world today. And I am just smitten with the Sixties. It was a pivotal time in America; endless personal stories were affected while the nation came apart. With the cold war and the bomb, racism, media, and greed, the era was a genuine good-guy vs. bad-guy heat. Sadly, I think the bad guys won.
4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
This made me smile and although I’m something of an Anglophile I had to look up Jaffa cakes. Good to know! I binge on junk food when I’m in a writing frenzy too. Largely unconscious of it, I alternate salty and sweet, like popcorn then caramels then beef jerky then coffee ice cream… until I’m literally sick and craving wholesome nourishment.
5. What is your favourite book?
Only one? It’s tough, but being a southern, homespun girl I’d have to say To Kill A Mockingbird is the ultimate comfort literature. I am Scout Finch when reading that book, down to the embarrassing freckles on her nose.
6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?
Another tough one to narrow down, but I’d say Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Clements). A lover of words and naturally clever, Clements set out to entertain through story. He adventured to get experience for his tales, and wrote nonfiction while seeing the world. I admire his humour and wit most of all; he could spontaneously entertain a crowd with words.
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
I have many annoying habits. And being immersed in the writer’s life these last years I’ve thickened that catalogue! How about an obscure tidbit of personal back story? Many years ago, I modelled garments for an amazing young designer in the house of Anne Klein… Ms. Donna Karan (DKNY). It has been a thrill watching her star rise.
8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
I’m begging for Likes and Followers, like everyone else. My blog is on my website: adriennelacava.com. The site is pretty dense with personal information, actually 🙂 I’m shamelessly open. My Facebook page is Adrienne LaCava, Author; and on Twitter I’m @adriennelacava. You can look me up on Linked In, GoodReads, all the usual places by name (or title of first book). Most importantly, No One Can Know is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1491228067 (Dysfunctional family gets caught up in dark business occurring after JFK’s assassination and their weekend at the ranch turns deadly). Please take a chance on an emerging author!
9. What are your writing plans for 2014?
I plan to submit a fully self-edited manuscript of book2 to my professional editor by year end. The working title is Dreamweaver. It’s about restoring broken dreams, as you might imagine with MLK’s assassination at the core.
10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?
I’ll have to get back to you on that. From what I read, I’ll bet I’m a lover. And I’ll always think of you when enjoying them 🙂
Thanks Adrienne, for taking the time out from writing and eating coffee icecream and beef jerky to sit down and do this interview with me.
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