Hi everyone! Wow, can you believe that there are two more days of 2016 left? I don’t know about you all, but for me, I’m really for 2017 to arrive.
Although the year is almost over, the 31 Days, 31 Authors event is still going strong! Today, Adrienne Thompson is joining the event! If you are a fan of women’s fiction, then you have definitely read one of Adrienne’s books. From Bluesday, Ain’t Nobody, and the Latter Rain series, Adrienne is definitely making a name for herself in the literary industry.
Now, here’s Adrienne! 🙂
Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of three young adults currently resides in Arkansas in her newly empty nest where she writes and publishes her stories full time.
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Amazon: Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/adriennethompson
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
I love listening to music, watching movies, especially in the theater, spending time with my family, reading, and sleeping, lol.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I’ve had a talent for writing for as long as I can remember, but began taking writing seriously in 2009 after some introspection and a growing desire to know my true calling. I found it and true joy in writing. Never thought about becoming a published author until I shared my work with some co-workers and saw their reactions to it. I started maybe thinking I was onto something good. 26 books later, I’m still here.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
I experienced a mixture of elation and fear. I was happy the process was over and my baby was finally being presented to the world, petrified at how people might react to it.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Prayerfully, I’ll still be making a living as writer, but a much better living. A couple of movie options would be nice.
5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
Find your unique voice and own it. Rather than trying to emulate other writers, embrace your individuality, because in a literary world as saturated as this one is with writers and books, you need to stand out. Most of all, never give up on your dreams and be thankful for your supporters and readers, no matter how large or small the number.
Excerpt from No Pain, No Gain
During “Isn’t She Lovely”, Vance sang along with Stevie, tone-deafly serenading me with tenderness in his eyes. When the song was over, he leaned in and gently kissed my lips.
It couldn’t have been a better night. As a matter of fact, I was poised to mark it down as one of the best days of my life, until…
Stevie sang “Lately”, and it felt like a ton of bricks hit me square in the chest. I should’ve realized he would sing it. I should’ve prepared myself. I should’ve been ready.
But I wasn’t.
I fell back into my seat as soon as he began to sing the lyrics. “Lately” was his favorite song, but it was Jodeci’s version that he’d put on repeat and blast often. He’d sing along or slow dance with me. That song catapulted me into the past so quickly that I actually felt a little light-headed. I was so overwhelmed that during the second verse, I left my seat without even telling Vance where I was going, headed to the concession stand, and returned with a cup of beer.
And I don’t even like beer.
I guzzled it down, and though I didn’t enjoy it one bit, I soon found myself making my way back to the concession stand for another one. In total, I had five cups of beer before the concert’s end. The walk back to the car was so unsteady, I had to lean against it and catch my breath before climbing inside.
“Did you enjoy yourself?” Vance asked as I settled into my seat and he started the car.
“Eeeeyepppp!” I giggled.
“I didn’t know you liked beer so much.”
“Neither did I.” I hiccupped and let out a long burp.
He smiled. “Seatbelt, please. You’re precious cargo.”
I fumbled with the seatbelt before letting it flop back in its place and blowing out a frustrated sigh.
“Let me help.”
As he leaned across me to grab the seatbelt, I kissed his neck. He stopped and stared at me, and I took the opportunity to kiss his lips. A millisecond later, he was kissing me back, wrapping his long arms around me.
When we finally parted, I said, “Justin is spending the night with my folks. Let’s get a room.”
He stared at my lips. “Okay.”
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