I started writing in 1989 right after I moved to Utah. I've always loved to read and I wrote a lot of poetry in high school. I met an author when I first moved here and she kind of inspired me to give writing a shot. After the first book I was hooked.
You have chosen self-publishing for many of your books. Can you tell us why you've made that choice?
Well, at first it was because I felt strongly about certain books that I had written and really felt the need to share the messages in them. I couldn't get them accepted by a mainstream publisher after tons of rewrites, so I decided to do them myself. Now I choose self-publishing because I love it. I have more control over the whole process. It's a little more work, but to me, it's worth it.
You've been published before as Jewel Adams. Why is your pen name now J. Adams?
Since I am now writing for a national audience, I thought it best to use a different name for my non-LDS works.
What type of writer are you? Do you plan ahead/plot or do you simply fly by the seat of your pants?
You know, sometimes an idea for a story will just jump out at me. The ones that stick with me and won't let me forget them are the ones I usually write. There have been a couple of times that I have gone on vacation and while I'm sightseeing a story will come to me, so now I always carry a notebook in my purse. I write down my thoughts, which tend to be many at times, and then I begin. Sometimes it drives me crazy when I *can't* shut my mind off (like when my husband and I are on a date). :o)
How do you choose your characters' names?
Actually, my oldest daughter comes up with a lot of them. I usually do okay with choosing original ones, but when I hit a blank, she comes to my rescue.
What is your daily schedule like?
I home school, so writing time is usually after I clean the house (which is an all day job), school the kids, run the errands, take the kids to activities, and did I mention clean the house? Writing time is usually at night when the house is quiet. In the summer time, I get a lot more of it done.
How do you handle life interruptions?
I've learned to just go with the flow. If one of the kids has an appointment or need me to take them somewhere, I usually take my laptop with me, or a notebook. There is always a lot going on and my schedule is never set. My writing is important to me, but I also love to live life and not miss out on things. There's a time for everything.
Do you write music? If so, with lyrics or only melodies?
I've written a lyric or two, but nothing major, and the tune is only in my mind. And no, I won't sing it :o)
What food or snack keeps the words flowing?
Sugar-free Reese's, butter-pecan ice-cream, and orange tic-tacs.
What one thing do you like most about writing? Least?
I love escaping my world for a little while and getting into the world of my character, but I hate not being able to shut my mind off when I need to.
Tell us about your new YA fantasy novel, The Journey.
This book was definitely a labor of love for me, as I'm sure the whole series will be. It talks about the importance of choice and how every choice we make affects something or someone, and there is always a consequence. It teaches that agency is a gift that we need to use wisely.
That sounds so exciting. What is your next project?
Right now I'm working on the sequel entitled Place in This World.
What is your advice for other writers?
Don't let anything stop you from reaching for your dreams. If you're not published, don't stop until you are. Einstein said, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." I firmly believe that. So, I'm imagining "Best Seller in the future". :o)
What other work of yours has been published?
Elise's Heart/YA Romance - 1996 : Granite
A Heart That Endures/YA Romance - 1998 : Self-published
Dreams of Venice/Romance - 2003 : Self-published
Dreams and Blessings/Romance - 2004 : Self-published
Mercedes' Mountain/Romance - 2005 : Cedar Fort
Against the Odds/Romance - 2007 : Self-published
The Journey/YA Fantasy - 2008 : Self-published/Jewel of the West Publishing
Thanks for the Interview, Jewel.
Thank you, Marsha. It's been fun.
Be sure to read Jewel’s blog at http://www.jewelsbestgems.blogspot.com and visit her website at http://www.jadamsnovels.com. She loves hearing from her fans. You can write to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org