Saturday, March 24, 2012
D. A. Adams and the (Lot More Than Seven) Dwarves
And he wears a mean red shirt too.
But enough of me man-crushing on Alex. Let's let him speak for himself.
Tell us a bit about your latest work.
My latest release is “The Fall of Dorkhun,” book three in the Brotherhood of Dwarves series. It’s the pivotal point of the five book series and follows Roskin back home to his kingdom, which has been besieged by war. There are many unusual twists and a surprise ending that sets up what’s to come in books four and five. So far, the feedback I’ve received from my readers has been pretty amazing.
What are the themes and subjects you tend to revisit in your work?
What would be your dream project?
Honestly, this series is my dream project. I love these characters and this world I’ve created. Working on this series has been the most rewarding aspect of my career, and I‘m not sure how I’ll feel when it’s complete.
If you have any former project to do over to make it better, which one would it be, and what would you do?
If I could go back and re-launch the first book in the series, I would’ve bypassed offset printing completely and gone straight to Lightning Source as my printer. Their technology has revolutionized small press and offer a fairly level playing field in terms of distribution. That also would have allowed me to start with a color cover, which was my biggest hindrance with the first couple of printings of book one. A lot of people hated, with religious fervor I might add, the simplicity of that cover, but it was a product of budget limitations.
That said, I’m exceptionally grateful to be with Seventh Star Press, now, so I probably wouldn’t make the change even if I could because at SSP, I’ve found a good home.
What inspires you to write?
Not to be too cliché, but honestly, my children. I want to leave something in this world that they can point to and take pride in that their old man wrote these books. Also, I’m inspired by music, probably more so than even prose. At heart, I wanted to be a Honky Tonk singer, but I happen to be a much better writer than singer, so listening to quality music, from all genres, moves me to want to write better books
What writers have influenced your style and technique?
Where would you rank writing on the "Is it an art or it is a science continuum?" Why?
Good writing is a blend of both. The artistic side is fueled by the imagination and creativity, but even the most imaginative works need to be grounded in scientific reality to some degree. Also, because writing a learned craft, there’s an element of science to the construction of plot, tension, character development, and narrative voice. However, without fresh approaches to these techniques through artistry, writing becomes formulaic and predictable.
Any other upcoming projects you would like to plug?
I have a fairly active and growing blog, called The Ramblings of D.A. Adams, where I write entries on whatever moves me that day. Recently, I divested completely from politics and have tried to focus more on my personal growth as a human being. The reader response has been absolutely amazing, (Sean, if you want to mention the New Breed story, feel free to toss it in here, too. I don’t want to presume anything.) And of course, I’m working on book four in the Brotherhood series, hoping to finish the rough manuscript by late summer so I can begin my revision process. With any luck, we’ll have it released by next spring at the launch of convention season.