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A Center Stage Moment: Bethany Adams

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Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Bethany Adams!

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Ever since finding a copy of The Hero and the Crown in her elementary school library, Bethany has loved fantasy. After subjecting her friends to stories scrawled in notebooks during study breaks all through high school, she decided to pursue an English degree at Middle Tennessee State University. When not writing or wrangling her two small children, Bethany enjoys reading, photography, and video games.

I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes, for as long as I can remember. I even wrote stories in notebooks when I was a kid.

Why did you choose to write your genre? I’ve always loved both fantasy and romance. I’ve tried to do one or the other, but they always seem to blend.

What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Hmm. Well, I write about elves, so many would consider that strange. I can’t think of anything specific, though. Except maybe that one scene in Sundered with the jar of blood.

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What are you currently working on? I’m finishing up a short novella that fits between books two and three. After that, I’ll be concentrating on book three of The Return of the Elves.

What motivated the plot of your latest book? The origin point for the series was a random thought: What if elves were real? From there, it started taking shape.

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What was the hardest story for you to write? Right now, it’s book three. I’ve restarted it two or three times, which is unusual for me. I typically get a clear idea of the beginning fairly easily.

What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a pantser, so not much in the way of plotting for me. I do have a general idea of major plot points as the idea forms, though.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? It would have to be Lyr. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always connected with him. He’s dealt with tragedy but just keeps going. I definitely have a soft spot for him.

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Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes and no. I used to think of it as a block, but I believe now that when I have trouble writing, there’s something that isn’t connecting right in the story. The whole mystical idea of “writer’s block” can keep you from finding the source of the problem.

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I imagine they all do. Arlyn’s search to find her place, Lyr’s fears of failing those around him, Kai’s impetuousness, Meli’s struggle with self-confidence… Well, I could go on forever. LOL

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Maybe I’d go more contemporary romance? I enjoy reading that genre, but I’m not sure I could pull off writing it.

Which authors inspire you? I’ll forever love Robin McKinley, Mercedes Lackey, Terry Brooks, Alyssa Day, and Lynsay Sands [I just added Sands to my TBR!]. I also have so many awesome writing friends who inspire me on a daily basis.

What novel would you read multiple times? I’ve often reread my favorites, especially Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword.

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Oh, boy. How do you decide something like that? Eeep! There are lots of people I’d love to meet, but I’d love to have the chance to talk to my father one last time.

What is your favorite quote? 

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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?  Can I say dragons? I wouldn’t want any dragons to hear me call them animals, though. LOL

What is your favorite color? Blue, but green is a close second.

When you’re not writing… I don’t personally do anything besides writing…

Catch up with Bethany online at–

Website: http://bethanyadamsbooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writerbethany

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bethjadams

Thanks for stopping by Bethany!

Join me next week when Wayne Lemmons will be here.

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