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Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she's a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn't shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

The Glass Man, Jocelyn’s debut novel, released October 15th with J. Taylor Publishing.  Her short stories have appeared in Roar & Thunder Magazine, Midwest Literary Review’s Winter Canons, The Red Penny Papers, Hall Brothers Entertainment’s Villainy, Pill Hill’s Twisted Fairy Tales Volume II, Residential Aliens Magazine and Dead Robot’s Society’s Explorers:  Beyond the Horizon.

Interview with Jocelyn Adams

If you could be any type of fantasy creature, what would you be?

I admit I’ve always had a love affair with vampires. And no, I’m not talking about the sparkly kind, more the tortured soul types you might find in the works of Laurel K. Hamilton. I’m always intrigued by the inevitable struggle between humanity and the beast, between their dark instincts and doing what’s right. It makes for a deep and interesting character.

What is the best contemporary novel you've read in the last year?

I pretty much stick to only paranormal romance and urban fantasy, so within that scope, the best I’ve read would have to be Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Her intelligence and wit comes through in the writing, and she certainly knows how to create romantic tension. I’ve learned a lot by reading her works.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

I’ve been pretty lucky and haven’t had many challenges, really. I suppose it would be simply finding the time to write with a family and a full time job.

Did you ever regret wanting to be a writer?

Honestly, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until a couple of years ago. Once I figured out that’s who I am, I’ve never looked back.

Do you have any pet peeves about other fantasy books?

I suppose it would be over-romanticizing creatures that are meant to be aggressive and should, by all rights, have more flaws than the average person. I like realistic stories with believable histories to the characters, and when I run across characters with tortured pasts who are now bright and cheery and just too good to be true, I usually end up closing the book and going on to something else.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Write what you love. I know, you’ve probably heard it before, but it took me a while to admit what I liked. I tried other genres that my friends might have liked more, but my own disinterest showed in the writing. When I finally said, who cares if nobody likes the dark tales I write, and created The Glass Man, something clicked into place for me. I finally created something that I could be truly proud of.

Do you base characters on real people you have known?

Almost never. Parts of my characters are me and the rest of their personalities usually develop naturally over the course of the story. Sometimes I use a compilation of traits from people I’ve known in the past when I need more depth to a character, but normally they’re someone brand new I’ve concocted in my twisted imagination.

What is a favorite novel of yours that nobody else seems to have heard of?

The Long Walk by Stephen King. It’s brilliant and horrifying, just how I like my stories. :)

Do you ever write while intoxicated?

You know, I’ve never tried it. I don’t drink often and it usually just puts me to sleep anyway, so I’m sure it wouldn’t work out so well.

What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

Folk of the Faraway tree was the only book I really remember from childhood and I was fascinated by the strange worlds and flamboyant characters. Wonderful books.

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