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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"When I'm not writing" with Ada Adams + giveaway!

Ada Adams

Today's guest post is from debut YA author Ada Adams. She's the mind behind the Angel Creek Chronicles and she's a fellow Canuck -- in fact, she's from Toronto, where I grew up, so I'm extra excited to have her on the blog. =) Ada's currently on tour promoting REVAMPED, the first book in her Angel Creek Chronicles series. I hope you all enjoy getting to know her!

And remember to stick around for the giveaway!



I truly believe that a creative, busy life is a fulfilled life. Even when I’m not writing (or thinking about writing), I strive to keep my creative juices flowing and surround myself with artistic pursuits.

The yin to my writing yang, is acting; they share a symbiotic relationship in my life. Ada Adams acting 1Both engage and feed my imagination, though writing is a more intrapersonal endeavor, while acting is quite interpersonal. The most important similarities between the two are that they require a lot of heart. By flexing my acting muscles, I truly believe that I become a better writer and vice versa. Plus, both enable me to live in imaginary worlds and interact with quirky characters, so I’m always having a blast!

Ada Adams acting 2My favorite roles are those of kick-butt heroines, where I get to utilize my martial arts background. A couple of years ago, when zombies first started rising, I had a very fun role as a lead in a zombie film. Unfortunately, I was a 100% human and didn’t get to wear any cool zombie make-up or freaky contacts. A year ago, I filmed another lead role—this time in a werewolf project. Ada Adams acting 3Once again, I was very much human (shucks!). We filmed most scenes overnight, in the middle of a deep, dark forest of a tiny little town, in the freezing cold, with two “werewolves” running around! It was very eerie, but I got to play with swords and machetes, so I wasn’t too afraid.


Ada Adams modelingModeling is another way that I explore different characters and interesting worlds. For me, creating unique images is all about evoking emotion and telling a story. I’m sure that comes from the writer within me. Even in a basic catalogue shoot, I like to craft a narrative behind the picture. Last year, I teamed up with two partners that I met through the industry to establish a fashion/literary magazine. With lots of hard work and networking, the magazine has grown quickly and now has global audience. Our talented contributors include photographers, designers, writers, and artists from all over the world!

I do most of the brainstorming for my stories while travelling and being in nature. I love to hike, and spend most summers at a secluded little cottage in the woods. Imagine a hundred acres of woods, a private lake, no electricity, no running water, no cell phone service…Just you and the wilderness! Sounds like the perfect recipe for a scary movie, right?

Ada Adams cottage

I also enjoy photography, although only as a relaxing hobby. Last year, I spent a lot of time exploring abandoned towns, structures, and ruins around Ontario. I hope that I can one day write about the many stories that I have collected from these places. It all keeps coming back to writing, doesn’t it?!

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I have a large extended family, and we’re very, very close. They are my biggest cheerleaders, and my most constrictive critics. I love to spend time with them whenever possible, whether we’re traveling together, playing silly board games, or simply having a—usually very loud and chaotic—family dinner. Of course, this includes my best friends, as well as my puppies, Caramilk and Oreo.

Ada Adams CaramilkAda Adams Oreo

I have always been drawn to working with kids. I utilize my Degrees in Psychology and Education by volunteering in various elementary school classrooms. I’m currently working in a reading recovery program and teaching students to read. It is an extremely rewarding experience to be able to make even a tiniest bit of a difference in a child’s life.

I’m also a big TV and film junkie and love discussing my favorite TV shows. I probably watch every single show currently on air (and love reminiscing about some childhood favorites like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Ada Adams mad men

All in all, no matter what I do, I strive to capture and record all of the wonderful experiences and memories that my adventures bring about. After all, they can sometimes inspire great stories! I put in a 110% into any project that I undertake. Aside from being a chocoholic, I’m also definitely a workaholic, but I enjoy what I do with all my heart! As for sleep? Well, that is another story altogether! :)


Thanks for visiting us as part of your tour, Ada! Your other projects sound like a lot of fun and your dogs (especially Caramilk!) are adorable. =)

For more information about Ada and her book, check out the book website or her personal page. You can also find Ada on Facebook and Twitter.

Click on the banner to learn more about Ada's blog tour.

Ada Adams Blog Tour


Here's the scoop on REVAMPED:

Ada Adams ReVampedA simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

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Ada and Bewitching Blog Tours have provided one (1) Kindle copy of REVAMPED for a lucky reader!

To enter the giveaway, obey the Rafflecopter!

Open internationally
(as long as you can read Kindle files)

Ends Monday, May 7, 2012

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Do you guys have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured on the blog? If so, you can make your suggestions on this page. No guarantees that your favorite authors will be able to participate but we’ll try!

Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!


Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

27 People left their mark' :

  1. Omg!!! Too freaking cool!!! Actress... Model... Author... Martial arts... Which ALSO means you'd be a KILLER partner to have during the zombie apocalypse! Just sayin!

    I'm LOVING the sound of Revamped! And the cover is gorgeous! :D

    1. You need to read ReVamped. I loved it. And Ada rocks my socks! ;)

  2. Thanks for a great post! Wow... talk about well rounded ;)

    Congrats on the new release!!! Word on the street is great buzz!

  3. You sound like a busy, creative lady! I really enjoyed the post and the book sounds great. Congrats!!

  4. I love that you have so many facets to your life. So creative and full of life! Congrats on ReVamped.... I loved it so much!

  5. OMG. Look at those ADORABLE puppies! So cute! How cool that you have a martial arts background. Must make it easier to write awesome, kick-butt heroines!

  6. Thank you for the lovely comments and kind words!

    Cara knows that she's cute and CONSTANTLY uses that to her advantage. She's one spoiled pup! :)

  7. Thanks for the guestpost, you sure are one busy lady! Good luck with the new release.

  8. Wow, Ada Adams surely does lead an active life! It wore me out just reading this. lol Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  9. I love the guest post! It was really fun to read, and I can't wait to read ReVamped!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  10. I like kick-butt heroines as well, and this sounds like a great read! I don't know when you have time to write! :)

  11. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  12. I love the picture of your puppies. They are adorable.

    The book sounds great, I hope I win.

  13. That's awesome, you certainly have a busy life. An actress, a model and a writer, quite the accomplishments for someone so young, congratulations. You are an example to others, we need more young women like you. I am looking forward to reading Revamped. The cover is lovely as well and the story sounds like a great read. Looking forward to winning!

    The puppies are adorable!

  14. Wow, Ada! You do a TON. I've got to admit, I'm a little jealous that you actually GET to be a kick-butt heroine at times!

  15. Great post! Ada's life sounds really exciting and story worthy. I too, love kick-butt heroines! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Thank you ladies! :)

    @Lauren and Darlene: I always try to put in a 110% into every project I take on. I don't do them simultaneously so that I can focus all my attention on the task at hand. However, I do find that when something needs to suffer, it's never the job - it's always my sleep! I think after Book II, I'm going to have to schedule a sleepcation (sleep vacation). :)

    @Maggie: Thank you very much for your words of support. I'm a strong believer that women need to support and cheer each other on. I love seeing others follow their passions and work hard!

    @Leeanna: If that aspect of the industry has taught me anything, it's that, while it looks amazing in the finished product, it's often quite a painstaking process (even just landing the job itself). However, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Call me crazy, but I'm much too in love with both the process and the product. :)

  17. Thanks for the giveaway to a cool book.

  18. You are a very talented lady and your life seems very exciting. I think I would be content with life if I did everything you do, especially acting the part of kick-ass heroines because they always end up looking sexy and dangerous! Thanks for the opportunity to win your book!!

  19. Ada, you sure do live a busy but exciting life. Thanks for the interview and a chance to win a copy of your book.

  20. Very fun post. Thanks for sharing more about yourself. Very cute dogs.

  21. :o Sooo, Ada Adams is like living my dream life... Acting, Modelling and writing? :o Martial arts? Owns a secluded cottage in the woods? :o Wow. Just wow. She sounds amazing. I'm going to have to read her books!

  22. I agree, she does sound like a great person! I have never heard of her books before but I'm definitely going to check them out! The covers great too.

  23. I wish I was creative enough to do photography I have many friends that are great with that but me not so much :)

  24. I just feel inlove with Revamp, love the cover is amazing, since i read the first review i have had on my favorite books to read, i would just love to read it, she is an amazing writed don't know how can she do everything.

  25. A writer, model, singer and very good at martial arts...What more could you want?! I hail you Queen of awesomenss!! Me so Jelous!!!!

    Revamped cover is so cool!!
    Anayway, thanks for the giveaway!

    1. I have to make one important correction - more like "World's Worst Singer"! My own mother laughs uncontrollably when I sing (and she's a very, very kind woman). :)