Award Winner at the Midwest Book Festival and Nominated for a Clue Award in Suspense, DJ Adamson is the author of the Lillian Dove Mystery series and the mystery/science fiction trilogy Deviation. Author, instructor, she is also Vice President for the Central Coast Sisters in Crime and Membership Director for Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles. She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America.
Her latest book is the mystery/suspense, SUPPOSE.
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“What did he want to know about me?”
“If you were still alive.”
Connivers, murder, and the international shipment of drugs unites the local PDs and the Federal Government, and drags Lillian into a hailstorm of manipulation and danger, whereby she is given two choices: Join? Or die trying?
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Thank you for this interview!
I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I live life as fully as possible, trying to stay in the moment, taking it easy on myself, try not to be too demanding, and enjoy my family and friends.
When did you start writing?
I published my first poem when I was twelve. I have published on and off in literary fiction since then. I waited until this point in my life to tackle novels. P.S. My mother said I came out of her womb holding a pen and pencil wanting to record the moment.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I guess I would have to define pivotal point, first. I’m going to define it as the moment when I embraced being a writer. I always knew I was, but saying it seemed like a fabrication. That ended when a I reader came up to me at a conference and said: I just love Lillian Dove. Not me. Not my work. She spoke of Lillian as if she was real. Cool.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I have traveled a great deal. From Peru to Europe to Turkey to Texas. There is no where I’d rather write than in the rooms I have created to do just that. When I enter, I am ready.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Well, the house needs a good dusting. Windows washing. But, I still probably wouldn’t gravitate to those with the extra hours. I might go out with a friend of lunch. It’s always a treat. Or go for a long walk to get out of my head. I wouldn’t write. I do that four to six hours a day, almost each and every day. Or read, I do that every night before going to sleep. I have since I was a little girl reading storybooks. Friends. There is never enough time for them.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Hard question. I want to set a series along the California coastline and I have been working on it. I would also like to return to Oregon, where I was born, and do stories there. For atmosphere only, the darkness of San Francisco has always intrigued me more than the dark streets of L.A.
Back to your present book, Suppose, how did you publish it?
I Indie publish under Horatio Press. I like being my own boss, giving myself deadlines. I had an executive position for over twenty-five years. I can give up titles and labels. So far, I have enjoyed the process. My work has reviewed well. I’ve won some awards, and I am making a little money. What more could a traditional publisher do for me?? Tell me to sell more, write more? I tell myself that.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
The Lillian Dove series is set in Iowa, just outside of Iowa City. My family roots grow deep there. Since the 1850’s. I still have relatives that live on some of the original acreage. I used to go back once a year to visit my mother.
Why was writing Suppose so important to you?
Other than it is the second book in my series? Lillian’s purpose in the series is to re-identify herself in her life. Suppose is the next step in her journey. The third book will be out in 2017.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
I don’t get them, they come to me. And they always come when I don’t have a pen or pencil, and dang if I can find a piece of paper. Ideas come to me when I hear dialog, or ask a “what if” question.
Any final words?
In my more competitive days I would have wanted to be a GOOD writer. Today, I want to write a good book. There is a difference for me. The first echoes more ego. I’ve had those days. The second is a reward I receive whenever a reader tells me they liked one of my novels.
Thank you so much for having me.