Having lived and worked in the UK and Dublin since college, Adele now lives in her hometown of Arklow, Co. Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland, with her husband and two teenage daughters. She writes overlooking the Irish Sea and is an active member of the Wexford Literary Festival committee.
I have always loved books and while I have always loved the idea of becoming an author, I only began to aspire to get published last year in 2016. In college, I trained in Physiology and Health Science and my career focus in my twenties centred on all things sports. It was during this time I worked at Leicester City Football club, who just happened to move from the first division into the Premiership the year I was there, some (that is everyone else but me ☺)may call it a coincidence!
In 2016 with a very rough first draft of my first novel, Brothers and Sisters, I immersed myself in trying to find an agent that felt as enthusiastic about Brothers and Sisters as I did and in September of that year, I signed a contract with Tracy Brennan of Trace Literary Agency in the U.S. Six months later, I was offered a three book deal by the wonderful editor Caroline Ridding at Aria – Head of Zeus.
Describe yourself in three words?
Funny, kind, efficient.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
Writing itself is like an escape for me. I enjoy writing as much as I do reading or watching a fantastically written screenplay. I’m inspired by different characters and what drives them to do the things they do. When I hear a story or learn of something happening on the news, I always wonder what I would have done in that very same situation. You could say I’m inspired by a deep curiosity as to how people react to challenging situations. I really want the reader finishing any of my novels to ask themselves, what they would have done?
What time of day do you like to write?
I like to write after lunch and continue till around nine or ten in the evening, however, this nearly never happens. For practical reasons I write when my girls leave for school and finish just before they come home unless of course, a deadline is looming!
What is your favourite book?
Only one??? I have a few favourites, the first favourite book I remember having is Watermelon by Marian Keyes. I was fifteen when I first read this and I distinctly remember laughing out loud at some of the scenes and one-liners. I also loved A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle. The prose and dialogue resonated with me and now when I think of Dublin at the turn of the century and up to the Rising in 1916, it’s mostly images from that book that are conjured in my mind. I have loads more favourites, please ask me again!
How did you pick the title of your book?
Sibling loyalty and the lengths you would go to, to save those you love is the premise of the book so when I read the third draft and realised the depth of the bond I had created in the brother and sister characters, there was nothing else it could have been called.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No. I think every character that is written is a mixture of all the different personalities and characteristics of various different people we encounter in our daily lives.
What’s your favourite word?
Epigrammatic – which is what I’m trying to be now!
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand?
Yes, sort of – I like to know where it starts and where it ends, what happens in the middle is up to the characters.
Who is your favourite Author?
All of them!
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious characters who would they be and why?
Olive Kitteridge from Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout because of her ruthless yet flawed honesty and ability to understand the complexities of relationships.
Lisabeth Salander from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Steig Larsson because of her rebellious nature and determination. She also has a belief and an understanding of herself that is rare.
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice because she is strong, smart and knows exactly what she wants and how to get it.
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because of her stoic and imperturbable resolve and rebellious attitude to oppression.
And yes, I’ve just noticed the theme of my dinner party, Strong Women Unite!!
What book are you reading at the moment?
The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington
Where in the world is your happy place?
Where ever my family are…….and by the sea.
If you had one superpower, what would it be?
If you could give one literary villain a happy ending, who would you choose?
I’m having difficulty with this one because I like to see justice done and all the villains I have read deserved whatever happened to them, can I plead the 5th?
Are you working on a new project?
Yes – working on edits for Book number two that will be out either late this year or early 2018. At the moment it has a working title of Safe Distance and it’s another dark tale that will make you question the lengths you will go to to protect the ones you love.
Brothers & Sisters
Nothing remains buried forever… What would you do to protect the ones you love?
A gripping, highly emotive story of love, survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty. Perfect for the fans of Kathryn Hughes and Dorothy Koomson.
When human remains are found on Fitzpatrick Estate, Detective Kelly is drawn deep into the complex web of Fitzpatrick family secrets as Timothy and his sister Rose, now in their sixties, are catapulted into the centre of the investigation.
When the pathology report identifies the remains as that of their uncle, Patrick Fitzpatrick, missing from Fitzpatrick Estate since 1970, they scramble to protect their past.
What would you do to protect the ones you love?
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