It has been a long time since the last time I wrote a "Meet the Author" post, but today I am introducing here another Indie author that I recently met via FB. A really supportive fellow, apart from writing, he is also creating a website where authors can be featured and have a place to promote themselves and their books. But enough from me. Meet author Ade Hawkins.

  1. Describe yourself.
I’m slightly mad in an entirely harmless way, but I hear that’s common in high-IQ folks… on a serious note, I don’t talk about my high IQ much. It can often leave me feeling isolated when I can’t engage those around me in the kind of conversation I find genuinely interesting, so for me writing is a great outlet to explore the conversations and ideas I can’t have in real life.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
Thursday. It’s the closest I get to a real day off, though my mind is often still lost in a haze of fatigue from working nights, so I do most of my writing at work.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Early morning, around 9-10 am. Everything is open but hardly anyone is around. Bliss.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning due to my job, but a night person when working days. My hours never work for me!

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Warm croissants with grilled sweetcure bacon and melted gruyere cheese.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Black. It goes with anything.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
The Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy. Perfection.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
Rock ‘n’ roll mostly, but I listen to Aerosmith, Offspring, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Pink, Garbage… I especially love movie soundtracks. Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit & Batman (Nolan trilogy) ones are my favourites.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Fantasy. It encompasses a broader range than people might initially think.

  1. Which is your most favourite place on this Earth?
I plan on travelling all over the world as much as possible, so I haven’t really found it yet, but I’m sure me and my wife-to-be will find it one day.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
A cat. They can wreck a place and purr, and all is forgiven. Plus they just sleep all day.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams, to beg to write Episode VIII or IX, or perhaps a spin-off Star Wars movie.

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
1. Write a Star Wars flick! 2. For my book series to find its audience. 3. To have the money to be free to write and travel the world.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
1. Notebooks. 2. Pens. 3. My fiancee. 4. My cats. 5. Plentiful vegetation to eat.

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
I’ll have to go with George Lucas. To have a franchise so embedded within the cultural consciousness…

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I wish I could be more awake and alert so I can write more on my nights off.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Make a series out of my own novels.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
If enough, fund the series myself. Failing that, travel.

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
Saying goodbye to everyone then gorging on the biggest Chinese feast imaginable.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Nice until someone pissed me off! I was accused of being naughty, but I never caused havoc or got into trouble at school.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
When I met my fiancee! Mushy but true.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully writing for a living.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
Asked my fiancee if she wants to get married in Vegas.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Going away to somewhere like Venice.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Appropriately enough, a weekend in Venice with friends!

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Arachnophobia, but very mild. I can kill spiders, but the nippy ones bother me. Lightning reflexes to the rescue!

  1. What makes you angry?
People who are arseholes for no reason, especially ones who can’t do their own jobs but like to point out the mistakes of others. Why do they have to be like that?

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
Not much. Watch TV or play games, try to distract myself. I don’t really get sad as much as mad.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
Life. Pretty much everything gets my brain going. The hard part is making it stop sometimes!

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I wrote a trilogy of screenplays in 2000-2001 called Dark  Nemesis. It was my first real foray into writing, with very mixed results. Later I was astonished to find it wasn’t all bad!

I tried time and again to adapt them into novels, but either the enthusiasm to rewrite them wasn’t there or I just wasn’t capable. I think it was a little of both.

I started writing many things, but got nowhere. I spent years coming up with characters, locations and scenarios, but there was no glue to stick them all together.

Then I had an epiphany, and Spirits & Shards was born. It’s a high-concept dark science-fantasy drama that focuses closely on the characters.

Falling, the first side-novel that sets up the story for the upcoming Firebrand, wasn’t going to be set in that universe originally, then I realised how much more I could do with it if it was. Not only that, it gave the S&S series the starting point it sorely lacked at that stage, and it just flowed… though it took ten drafts to get it done! I knew what the core idea was, but there was so much more to figure out along the way.

I self-published Falling in June last year, and intend to release Firebrand by the end of this year (depending on how long it takes to write, edit and copy-check).

Synopsis for Falling (A Spirits & Shards Novel):
Many say love will get you through the toughest times, but sometimes it just isn’t enough to pull you free of a black hole.
Despite the love Jerin found in Juli, their union placed him on a path that would ultimately lead to isolation and despair via a very unfortunate sequence of events.
As the headaches that once blighted Jerin’s otherwise care-free existence return, he is offered a new wonder-drug, never pausing to consider how strangely perfect it sounds.
Jerin soon discovers that these new capsules have a most unexpected side effect, allowing him a glimpse into the secret life of the partner he now rarely sees.
Falling is a story of love, loss and self-discovery, set in a high-concept universe.

Whereas Falling was very much a love story, Firebrand is much larger in scope, and is what I consider to be “Volume One”. It will be around 700 - 800 pages and will chronicle the interweaving tales of three protagonists and multiple antagonists. It’s about those who fight for good, those who abuse their positions of power, and those innocents who get caught in the middle. I just hope the final product matches my vision! These first two novels form what I call “Season One” of the Spirits & Shards series, and I will release an omnibus edition on Kindle for those who have not yet read Falling.

After that comes another side-story that sets up “Volume Two”, but that’s a way away yet.

In the meantime, I have a spy short called The Golden Years being published in The COBRAS Files anthology, co-edited by the illustrious Paul Bishop. This will be released in the spring.

I’m also in the midst of building a website so that authors can learn from other authors, to encourage established writers and budding up-and-comers to share material and take note of what works for them and what doesn’t. No one’s perfect no matter how many books they’ve read or written; we can all learn from one another.



02/01/2013 3:03am

Wonderful interview and now I feel as though I know Ade Hawkins as I have never known her before. A great read indeed.

02/01/2013 3:29am

Thanks for visiting and commenting, Carol :)

02/02/2013 3:07am

Thanks again, Cinta, and thanks for taking the time to read my mad rambling, Carol!


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