Instead of the normal introduction I’m going to do this one a bit differently! I’m going to open the interview with a blurb of Adams’s new book Lurk. I just finished reading it and must say…..WOW!
There are two sides to every possession…
When depressed college student Drew Brady finds a box of old pictures buried under his house that change to show him whatever he desires, Drew finds himself with the power to watch his friends without them ever knowing.
But as he begins to fall deeper and deeper into the hole of jealousy and despair, haunted by visions of the students who lived at the house twenty years prior and the gruesome fates they met upon moving out, as well as the traces of a stalker who may still be living on the property, Drew begins to suspect there is something under the house that is manipulating him through the pictures, an eldritch, not-quite-dead thing that feeds off depression and weakness, that will drive him to commit acts of unspeakable evil if he doesn’t look away…
A blistering page-turner, LURK is horror unlike you’ve ever read.
Dont miss this one! It’s a page turner!
Please welcome Adam Vine to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing in third grade. We used to write stories during class and then do a round robin, reading what we’d written to the other kids. My teacher sent me to the principal’s office after my first reading because my story was too violent. I don’t remember what it was about, only that there was a lot of decapitation.
2. How many books have you written?
One that is published, and another which is finished and will be out early next year. I am currently working on the first draft of my third novel.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
As a matter of good taste, no. I think self-censorship is artistic suicide. But I only write about things that interest me, and there’s a lot out there that simply doesn’t interest me. Anything that happens in a story should not simply be there to be shocking; whether “shocking” content is overtly violent, overtly sexual, or just plain weird, it should first and foremost serve to advance the plot and deepen the characters.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am thirty years old and work in the video game industry as a copy editor. I’ve done narrative design, screenwriting, and quest design in the past, as well. I am not married but have a steady girlfriend. We want to get a pug and name it Tyrion.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I think Lurk is a great, creepy read, but I am really excited about my next one, a dark fantasy set in Eastern Europe, tentatively titled Corruption.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My parents read to me from a very young age. Not horror; what they read to me was usually fantasy. I was probably four or five when they read me The Hobbit. My mom was also my school’s librarian and would host Scholastic Book Faires every year, which were my favorite events to go to as a kid. Looking back on it, I was pretty obsessed with Goosebumps at that time, so that probably has something to do with it, too.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I don’t have much free time outside of writing and my day job, but when I do get some I like to travel. I also train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I’m 2-0 on dank victory beers so far but I wouldn’t call it a tradition yet.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I write in the morning as soon as I wake up, at the breakfast bar in my kitchen (since my current house doesn’t have a kitchen table). I used to live in Poland for a few years and had a big blue armchair there that was really comfortable, which is where I wrote the majority of words that made up my first two books… but alas, I couldn’t bring it with me back to the states.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I wish I could do more of it.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I would be very pleased to have a small following of regular readers who enjoyed my work and felt comfortable enough to engage me personally with their thoughts and feelings about it. Direct feedback is really the best wind a writer can have in his or her sails. Fame is not important to me. Money would be nice but doesn’t seem that realistic from writing novels.
12. Where do you live?
Currently in Los Angeles, but I’ve been all over. Before I moved here, I was in Boston. Before that, Krakow, Poland. Before that, Finland, Germany, San Diego, Santa Cruz… the list goes on.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Fiction writing is an extremely rewarding discipline, because you are creating a tangible product out of thin air and you can objectively measure your improvement over a period of time. If I look back on a story I wrote two years ago, it’s easy for me to compare it to one I wrote last month and see what worked, what didn’t, and where I’ve gotten better.
15. What is coming next for you?
I’m looking forward to the release of my next book, Corruption, which is book one of a series in early 2017. On a personal front, I’m also really excited for a month-long trip my girlfriend and I are taking to Iceland and Denmark next summer.
The Kindle edition of Lurk is free all Thanksgiving week, until 11/26, so now would be a great time to download it and get weird.
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LURK ebook (free)