Author Interview: Adele Parks

Thank you so much to Adele Parks who is today to answer a few questions. :)

For more on Adele check out her website or keep up to date with her on Twitter ( @adeleparks ) or on Facebook ( OfficialAdeleParks )

~ Can you tell us about your latest novel *About Last Night*?

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About Last Night is about two women, Steph and Pip, who are now in their 30s but have been best friends since they were at school together and although their lives have gone in different directions they are still best friends. Or at least, that's what they think until Steph desperately needs Pip's help after one eventful night and Pip suddenly isn't sure if she can help. It’s a book that looks at the issues of betrayal, adultery, truth and trust.
This novel is all about friendship and what we require, even demanded, from our friends nowadays. I’ve always tried to accurately write about the complexity of being human; my characters are very real by which I mean they occasionally mess up, they see that and deal with it. About Last Night is tense and intriguing. The question is how far would you go to cover the wrong doing of your best friend? What do we owe our friends in terms of loyalty?
~ Where do you get most of your inspirartion from?
I’m interested in the theme of female friendship. I think friendship is such a delicate balance of mutual respect and give and take, it can be sustaining, life affirming or extremely disappointing. Women have and will always depend heavily on their friends; they are crucial relationships to us. A long time ago my husband overheard me tell a fib to cover for my friend (she had a hang over but I told her boss she was ill), he was really angry with me even when I tried to justify my actions by arguing it was just a tiny white lie. ‘Maybe this is a tiny white lie but where will it end?’ he demanded and I thought, ‘Wow, what a great idea for a book, how far will we go for our friends?’
~ Have you always want to be an author?
I’ve always dreamed of being a writer, from a very young age but I bided my time. I wrote one novel but didn’t submit it, it wasn’t up to it. I waited until I was at a stage of my life where I knew I had something compelling and different to write. I worked on my novel three times a week for three hours and for five hours at a weekend, while holding down an extremely busy day job. I was very disciplined and determined. I then did lots of research on which agent might be interested in my kind of work. It paid off, just three months from my initial approach to my agent he secured me a deal for my first novel, Playing Away.
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~ Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I have two top tips.
1. Read. Novels, articles, newspapers anything you can get your hands on. If you are not in love with the written word, you’ll never be a decent writer.
2. Write. Seriously, it astonishes me how many people tell me they want to be a writer but then confess they never write anything more elaborate than a shopping list. Write every day even if it’s only for 20 minutes and even if you’re not in the mood. If you’re stuck for something to write about set yourself tasks, such as describing what you can see if you look out of the window, or your earliest memory or how a new dish tastes. It doesn’t matter what you write, or even if you ever use the exercises in your big novel, it simply develops discipline. But I do have a lot more tips on my website.
~ Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who?
I simply couldn’t pick one. I admire so many writers in fact on some level I admire all writers it’s a damn hard task if it’s done well. Helen Dunmore, Jodi Picoult and Philippa Gregory are my favouite contempory women writers at the moment and I like Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh if I had to pick classical authors. However, this list is by no means a complete list!

~ What do you have in store for readers in the future?
I can tell you that there certainly will be more! My next novel The State We're In comes out July 4th. I can't wait. It's definitely the most romantic novel I've ever written!
What do you think of the interview? Do you think About Last Night sounds good?

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