Adele’s top writing tip: Ask trusted and knowledgeable people to read your work (not just your family or a friend who ‘has good grammar’) and work hard. If you keep receiving the same feedback, positive or negative, listen. And be prepared to pay for professional editing. I do, even now.
Queensland author Adele Jones writes young adult and historical novels, poetry, inspirational non-fiction and short fiction works. Her first YA novel Integrate was awarded the 2013 CALEB Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Her writing explores issues of social justice, humanity, faith, natural beauty and meaning in life’s journey, and as a speaker she seeks to present a practical and encouraging message by drawing on these themes. For more about Adele and her work visit here website: www.adelejonesauthor.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do you write? I believe words are powerful and what we read, over time, becomes a part of who we are. In fact, I’m a member of a national writers’ organisation with a motto ending in: ‘We want our words to change the world.’ I guess that’s what I’m hoping, that the stories and poems I write will not only entertain, but also inspire deeper reflection, understanding and, ultimately, invest something positive into the lives of those who read them.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Is that before or after my mummy and wifely ‘to dos’? LOL. Seriously, I studied science at university and continue to work in that field. If I wasn’t writing, I’d probably focus more on my science career, or maybe even take the opportunity to invest more time in my musical interests.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? I would say myself: my impatience; my lack of insight into how much development my writing needed; my fear of sharing my writing with others who might not respect it. It was only when I did a Master of Letters majoring in creative writing that I began to realise just how much I needed to learn and engage with more experienced writers. And I’m still learning.
How involved have you been in the development of your book? Did you have input into the cover/illustrations? I’ve had a good deal of involvement in the development of my young adult techno-thriller novels. I realise this isn’t always the case. I’m grateful to my publisher for allowing me input, but I also recognise they know the market and have been in the publishing business much longer than I have. It would be unwise not to listen to their advice or respect their decisions throughout the publication process.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Having readers falling in love with my characters and enjoying the stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
—the worst? Feeling like I never have enough time to get everything done, including writing. Life gets busy and families have this weird thing where they want to see mummy every now and then. LOL. Sometimes it’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul, only Peter’s broke.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Invest more in my craft from the start and get connected with other, more experienced writers. Hopefully that way I’d realise how much I needed to learn sooner. (Though, knowing me, I’d probably still make many of the same mistakes …)
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? It’s a funny thing. I started writing because I had this recurring dream which I wrote down, but I didn’t really correlate that with the idea of becoming an author until many years later, when it seemed a reasonable idea to try and get my first manuscript published. (It was rather dreadful, so that didn’t fly for a long time.) I wish someone had invited me to a local writing group sooner.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? ‘Hey, since we both like writing, why don’t we meet up regularly and talk about that?’ This was how a friend and I started our writers’ group, and that was the thing that really catalysed my writing from ‘something I did on the side’ to purposefully building an author platform and pursuing further opportunities to develop my craft.
The book is available here.
The book is available here.