Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Having written website content, newsletters, blogs, forum posts and managed large communities online – Adri Sinclair knows how to be social and enjoy the interactive side of being a netizen. She is 43 years old in February 2015, and when asked about her age and her late start as an writer, she smiled cheekily and said: “Age? I’m not going to tell you it is just a number, but I am going to tell you it is a summery of a life – and we all know not all summaries tells the whole story.”
Adri is Afrikaans, lived in South Africa for the majority of her life. She is one of four, the eldest and the only girl. Asked about how she managed, she stuck her tongue out and shook her head, stomping her feet and said: “Jackie Chan, he kept me alive.”
About her books, she has written 3 full novels, 2 novellas and 2 short stories in 7 months. She is currently writing a new novel – Part of the “Second Breath Chronicles.” Adri was a bit tight-lipped over this one, but she looked excited and mischievous when she gave us the following insights. “Hidden Carmina was my spin on Vampires in the Valley coping with a Human girl who simply turn their world upside down. Recruiters is part of the Chronicles, but Agri is a ‘new’ Vampire, unlearning human ways and yet… becoming a little more human along the way.”
Adri Sinclair has a great sense of humour, at times laced with sarcasm and wit that could leave you gasping or rolling on the floor. She is a mother, a wife and a friend to a small hand full of people. About her Education, she point blank refused to elaborate too much beyond: “I don’t need to qualify my achievements, or quantify my dreams. Important as it is, education does not always mean better in your craft.”
As for her goals, Adri bounced a little and rubbed her hands together: “What are those? Can I eat them? Does it come with coffee? My goal is to write. That should be enough.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest book, currently in the works, is “Recruiters.” It is a story of a newly created Vampire girl and how she learns to be a vampire. It is tense, intense, uplifting, and a little less human friendly than Twilight, though a lot more human friendly than say, Dracula.
“I am inspired, every day, by friends. Mamarazzi’s pictures, Magda’s home made designs, Invild’s curious mind – I am inspired by my nephews and their children, but my stories? Those are nothing short of a mystery to me. I don’t know what I’ll write, or why – until I sit down and start clacking out the words one after another.”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Thinking about it, the answer came almost in a whisper. “You know, I don’t think anything more unusual than any other writer. I do wake up and have full conversations with my main Characters, asking them about their ideas, or if they like what I’ve done for them. I am an addict. When I write, I don’t keep track of time very well, I don’t bother with mundane tasks [eating, drinking, cleaning etc!]. I do however walk around with a pen in my hair – my hand is often found with ‘notes’ scribbled all over it. I can’t write without my skittles and LOUD music.”
She insists it is not very unusual, but then we learned about one other thing: “I sit on the floor, or in a beanbag to write, almost under the desk – so I don’t see my screens and do not get distracted by all the ugly spelling mistakes. That is what Editors are for, right?”
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Adri stated without hesitation, she always and forever love Sir. T. Pratchett, Mr. N. Gaiman and Doublas Adams as well as Adams Douglas. She assure us they’re two different Authors.
This being said, she cannot explain if any of them influenced her writing. As she puts it: “I write according to my mood – each style is different. Perhaps I am influenced without thinking or knowing it. Personally I’d don’t think about it too much.”
What are you working on now?
“I have a love for poetry – which has been my life boat through many harrowing experiences, so I would like to put together a collection. I am also writing “Spinning it Positive.” weekly, my way of, hopefully, highlighting how to take something good from the bad. Topping that off with “Things you would only hear in my House.” You won’t believe how bizarre it can get around here!!”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Again, there was no hesitation. “Smashwords!” I love that website. Everything in one place.” Adri confess to being very lazy about self-promotion and, as she puts it “The smoke and mirrors of selling yourself.” She likes to keep things simple and ‘cruise’.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
“Write. Just do it. Do your own thing. Experiment. Find what makes you happy – not what works for the masses.” It is clear she feels strongly about this as she explained her stance of the industry at the moment. “We’ve moved out of rigid formulae, or so I thought. Then I learned that I am doing everything wrong. It was disheartening. One day I put my foot down. Writing is not a job – don’t let it become one. Writing is the art – the promotion stuff, oh goodness, that is the job and I am the laziest worker out there!”
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for Aspiring Writers.” This had her very excited. “It just makes sense! I’ll give you the link – I would hate to misquote the man. Or google it – BEST advice ever.”
What are you reading now?
A shy blush later, Adri admitted to not having read anything of late. “I have been a little busy writing. Though does it count if I say I read a lot of articles relating to other Indy Authors and publications such as yours? I guess that is a cop-out. In all seriousness, I read a lot. My own work, poetry, fellow Authors and Sir Terry Pratchett. Can’t go wrong with that man’s books!”
What’s next for you as a writer?
“I honestly don’t know.” Adri spoke dreamily about continuing her writing. She has no plans for books in the future, as she pointed out: “I never plan any of them.” She did mention with great enthusiasm how much she would love to help other writers when they get stuck. She insisted that she does not have answers, but, in her own words: “I always have time to hear you out, and if I can make you laugh, think, and even angry – you have something to write about!”
What is your favorite book of all time?
“That is not fair!” Adri admitted that she stole her husband’s gift from his grandma. It is a book full of English nursery rhymes. “I was shocked, and horrified when I read it – being Afrikaans and all. What vicious things to read to a child! But then I fell in love with it. So now it is mine. He’s had it for 20+ years before already!” When pressed, she tittered. “Of all time, Kringe in ‘n Bos, by Dalene Matthee.” It is an Afrikaans book that lit fires in her mind, she said, and it stuck with her since she’s read it.
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