Thursday, June 4, 2009

Jewel Adams Interview

Last September I met Jewel at a dinner party. It was hard to talk because so much was going on around us, but I came away grateful to have made a new friend.
She just had a daughter get married and despite her busy schedule she agreed to do an interview for my blog. I thought you might enjoy learning about her and her new book.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Not until I came to Utah in 1989. I met an author who sort of gave me the bug. Before that, I wrote some poetry.

Tell us a little bit about your new book.
The Journey is a young-adult fantasy set on a world similar to ours and teaches the importance of choice, and that there is a consequence for every choice we make. The main character has to leave her home and go on a journey. It is on that journey that she learns about how important it is to make the right choices. It's definitely a good versus evil story.

Tell us about your other books.
My other books are contemporary romance. Mercedes' Mountain is the story of a single black woman living in New York who is successful and owns her own dance studio. She has been raised by a Baptist minister. At forty she decides to change her life. She sells her studio, leaves her family, and moves to a cabin in Maggie Valley, NC, which is right in the middle of Cherokee Indian reservation. Her family thinks she's gone off the deep end, but she knows there has to be more to life than what her father has always preached. She finds it in NC and she finds love, too.Against the Odds is the story of a black fashion model living in Atlanta, Georgia. She divorces her husband after seven years of marriage because he has repeatedly been unfaithful. She leaves her modeling career and go to stay with friends on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Then she meets the cowboy-brother-in-law who is the opposite of every other man she has ever known. Friendship leads to love and they soon face opposition they never expected.
What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
You know, I don't know really. I just love writing. I love escaping my world sometimes and getting into the world of my characters. It's just fun.
Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
There are too many to name and some of them are friends:-) But one of my favorites is Richard Paul Evans. I love his stories because they are all so touching and really pull at the emotions.
Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now - city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be?
I grew up in North Carolina. We were poor and lived in housing projects most of the time. There was a lot of abuse and that helped to spur my imagination. I was always imagining myself somewhere else. After some poor choices in life, I was blessed with the gospel and an amazing life. I've lived in Utah for almost twenty years and I consider this home. I've lived in West Point for over five years. It's cowboy country and we love it.As for places I would love to live, there is only one other place: Italy! I think I'm Italian at heart because I love everything Italian. We spent a few days in Venice and I cried when we left because I loved it so much. I hope we can go back one day.
Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?
My desk sits in front of my bedroom window, which looks out over the neighborhood. I have a laptop and move around the house a lot, but for the most part, I sit at my desk. Sometimes I feel like Gladys, the Stevens' neighbor on Bewitched because I see everyone coming and going, who is visiting whose house, and whose kids are being naughty:-)I keep a supply of orange Tic Tacs nearby to snack on. The neighbors have no idea how much they inspire my thoughts when I'm writing:-)
Do you watch television or movies? If so, what are your favorites? Do they inspire your writing?
I have a few shows I watch on a regular basis: 24, Lost, Life, Lie to Me, AI and Prison Break.
How has being published changed your life?
I've met so many neat people and made many friends. I love writing stories that make people smile or think, and writing gives me the opportunity to share God's message with others. That is the most important thing for me.
Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where? Also tell about your blog and website.
My summer is always super busy with my family so I really don't have anything scheduled. However, my books can be purchased on my website. Right now I am giving free downloads of The Journey ebook. The sequel, Place In This World, will be available in ebook format in July. I'm pretty excited about that. You can learn more about me and my books by visiting my website at or my blog at


  1. Jewel is a sweetheart. Thanks for posting the interview with her.

  2. I think Jewel is a sweetheart, too. Thanks for stopping by.



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