Book Title: Blue Waters
Author Name: India R Adams
Genre: Young Adult/Romance
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours
"The blue water I sank through was angelic, quiet, peaceful…"
Whitney is a vivacious, highly spirited 17-year-old girl. Her motto, "Live life to the fullest" is derailed when the young man, who's captured her attention, turns out to be the son of a drug tycoon- the same that provided the drugs that killed her brother. Whitney believes she simply need to heal from her first heartache, not knowing she is a part of a devious trade, one against human rights, and she has been… since the day age was born.
Blue Waters is the first Novella in a Tainted Waters, and begins a story of deception, corruption, self-discovery, and love with all that it demands you sacrifice…
"There was a beauty in dying that day…"
Are you a full time author or do you have another job as well and if so how do either or these fit in with writing time?
I am a fulltime author.
Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off?
Daily. I was on the extreme side (and had been for 9 years) writing up to 14 hours a day. I only took breaks when guest visited or the family had special functions planned. Even then, I usually woke up before everyone else to fit some work in. I still wake up before everyone else and work every day but I’ve tried to find more balance. My husband created an office for me so I can have my own space but at a certain hour of the day, he pulls me from my cave and shuts the door, saying, “Can you join the living now?”
I open my mouth to explain how “alive” my characters are but wisely choose to shut my trap when receiving my husband’s evil eye, hahaha.
Do you go back to published books and want to change them in any way?
Uhg! I do my very best not to go back to published work because I ALWAYS find something I want to reword or rewrite, but it is impossible for me not to when all my books are part of series. Truly though, what author can help wanting to improve their work? We learn DAILY, and keep getting better and better at this craft. Don’t get me wrong. I am very proud of my work and how far I’ve come. I was awful in the beginning. I had great stories and imagination just lacked the delivery skills, hahaha.
Out of my 6 published books, the only two that I have been okay with are Black Waters, the second novella in the Tainted Water series, and Steal Me, the first book in the Haunted Roads series. Those two please me. Black Waters is my second book published but it is truly the last I ever wrote, so I was in a place where I was honing in on my style. The case with Steal Me is that I spent so many years on it that it became what I wanted! Ya know? I was in that manuscript, off and on, for 4 years.
I think as an author, when you see readers loving your work, you need to stop picking yourself apart and enjoy the ride. Add all that you’ve learned from past published work to your present work.
Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?
Oh, there is romance in Blue Waters. Whitney is a hungry teenager. She acts as if a rebel without a cause but truly desires stability. So, when she gets to know Crash, she finds someone looking for the same. Someone who needs something worth fighting for, and fight he does, in ways she doesn’t even come close to comprehending until Black Waters, the sequel. Is this series a love story? There is loyalty, romance, submission, respect, drive and hope. All these, in one way or another, represent love, in my eyes.
Do you ever write sad scenes and do you feel the sadness as you write it?
Anyone who asks me this question has yet to read my books, lol! The running joke in my family is, “Everyone is dying in this movie. Did mom write it?” Do I experience the sadness with my characters? OH YES! Puffy eyes, red noise and empty Kleenex box (and a half used toilet paper roll) are a tell sign for my husband when he gets home. “Aw, babe, rough day?”
Can you give us a little insight into any fantasy characters in your latest book?
I’m presently working on River, the sequel to Rain, and my fantasy character, Ryder, is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only mentally—preparing for more responsibilities—but his gifts as well. He is in charge of a very important being, and has been given the talents to protect her well.
What is the time period setting of your latest book?
Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
I prefer to write a standalone because, to me, they are easier. Series become so intense with all the details created in last book, and books to come. It can be very challenging and somewhat exhausting but every “standalone” I create, becomes a series. My imagination simply won’t shut down. So, sleep heavily when my head hits the pillow, I do.
Do you like to use lots of subplots or do you think just confuses?
I like subplots. They remind me of life. There is always something else going on, whether you know it or not. As I tell my teenagers, “Hello! Can you step out here in the real world, where it’s not all about you?” I pride myself on the fact that, as my kids grow, they are very aware and perceptive to other’s feelings and situations.
Can you tell us a little about one of your sub plots in your latest book?
Which one? Hahaha. Umm… okay, I will try to do this without giving away any of the surprises. In River, my character Rose finds herself in the company of someone who has information on her daughter. Information that should be impossible to come by. This is a subplot because the focus is Rose and Ryder, their “adventures”, lessons to learn, sacrifices to make, and decisions to be made. But, this subplot will be VERY important as this series grows.
India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels, and the music for the Forever series.
India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).
Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.
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