Welcome to Author Adrienne Clarke
I think I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and imaginary lives in different ways. Because much of my childhood was spent searching for faeries or reading about them, it is natural that my work encompasses fairy tale themes and other magical elements. In the words of Tennessee Williams, forget reality, give me magic!
Adrienne has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, The Devilfish Review, and Rose Red Review. Her short story, Falling was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Munro short fiction contest. To Dance in Liradon is her first published novel.
An avid reader of fairy tales and other magical stories, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all of her work. When she’s not writing Adrienne can be found searching for faeries along with her daughters Callista and Juliet.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cereal. I adore cereal and feel anxious if I’m down to one box.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I’m going to steal from one of my reviews to answer this one. “An enchanted escape, filled with danger and fairy tale romance, To Dance in Liradon will draw you in and capture your heart forever.”
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding experience has been connecting with readers. When I was trying to get published I mostly only interacted with agents and editors, but once my book came out and I began hearing from readers who enjoyed my book that was, and continues to be, an unbelievably amazing experience.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Oh my gosh! So many choices! If you asked me that question when I was ten I would have said Narnia for sure, but now….I’d definitely want to spend some time at Hogwarts, and maybe also in the world of The Infernal Devices.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Anna Karenina and The Hobbit
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
I would like a signed copy of any of Stephen King’s books just because I love him. His book On Writing should be read by every writer. He’s so supportive and encouraging, and he gives great advice no matter what genre you write.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love the fall because it has a dark, mysterious beauty that evokes a sense of danger and possibility. It’s definitely the season that most inspires me.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The one book I wish I had written is Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
I like a lot of different music by my favourite singer is Sara McLachlan
Horror or Romance?
How about a combination of horror and romance? I think that would be a compelling read.
Harry Potter or Twilight?
To Dance in Liradon
Seventeen-year-old Brigid O’Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid’s hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancé’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.
When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell’s transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.