10 Things about Alex J. Adams - an Author Interview

Our next author on the 10 things hot seat is Alex J. Adams, whose new book Poles Apart comes out this week! This gives you time to nab Dance With Me (reviewed here by Laora) to get all caught up on the Nava Dance world before you grab Poles Apart when it releases! Check out our exclusive excerpt of Poles Apart here)

Let's head straight into the nitty gritty... with our 10 questions...

Plot or Pants? Do you pre-plot your books, use an outline, fly by the seat of your pants or some combination of things? How do you keep track of characters in a series? Do you keep a journal of your characters statistics, such as hair and eye color, relatives, hometown, etc
I’m a total panster! Having said that, Dance With Me I had planned out, although it did change as I wrote it, the final words of the book were decided before I even put pen to paper or fingers to laptop, as the case may be. Poles Apart though is one that has written itself in that there was no real plan other than it was going to be a second chance book. Dom and Jacob told the story to me as we went along. Everything from hair and eye colour, details of each character is kept in my head. I rarely write anything down.

Tell us about your first… published gay fiction/romance
The first book was Dance With Me, the story of Joe and Seb. Joe is about to be married and his then fiancee books dancing lessons with Seb. There is an instant attraction but it’s a long time before anything happens. The book has been described as a delicious slow burn to a ridiculously long slow burn. It is slow burn, I will admit but it couldn’t have happened any other way.

and then your most recent one..

My most recent one is Poles Apart. It revolves around Dominic, who is Seb’s best friend, and the love he thought he’d lost when he was eighteen. He and Jacob were in a relationship until circumstances tore them apart. The reconnection occurs eight years later and is pretty explosive.

Do you write full time or part-time?
Up until a week ago, I wrote when I could, usually into the early hours of the morning as I work full time and have a family, although they are pretty self sufficient now. But I’m about to start a part-time job which will hopefully give me more time to write.

Where do you write? Do you have a routine?
I write anywhere. Currently in my son’s room whilst he’s away in Lisbon on holiday with his boyfriend but when he returns, I’ll need to find somewhere else to write, usually on the sofa watching TV. I prefer to write late at night, that’s when I get most of my words done. I’m often up until 2am, sometimes later.

What are your writing goals for the next year? The future?
I have many plans for so many different series and stand alones. I still have one more book in the Nava Dance Studios series but am taking a break from that and writing a darker MM romance which I hope readers will enjoy even though it’s a step away from what I normally write.

Who’s your biggest supporter/cheerleader?
Honestly, I have a few. My sons are always asking me if I’m writing and if not, why not. I have a few good friends, including authors, that have helped me and my PA, Tom, who is always there when I need his help or just need to talk things through. A godsend!

What made you decide gay romance was the genre you wanted to write?
I’m not really sure. I’d always tried to write a book but it never took shape when I sat down to start it. I’ve been reading MM for a while now and when the story formed in my head, it just flowed and I never looked back. I just find it easier to write.

What do your friends and family think of what you write; do they know?
Most people who know me, know I write and what I write and everyone, including my family, have been supportive. Having said that, I only started writing at the beginning of this year.

How can we connect with you?
I have my reader group 
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