Adah’s style of writing is humorous, packed with adventure and action, and almost always features a warm romance sub-plot. Many of her stories focus on normal people who start out on the bottom of the pile, and through personal determination and dreaming big, coupled with some pretty unusual opportunities, make something extraordinary of themselves. She usually writes a blend of fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction... sometimes all in the same story.
Living in northern California most of my life, especially in the boring hot dusty town of Fairfield where I was born, was exactly what I needed. It was so boring that it forced me to start writing every day, 8+ hours a day, because there was little else to do except watch Saturday morning cartoons. (Which, by the way, I did enjoy... this was back when the Warner Brothers ones were played next to the old Ninja Turtles original cartoon.)
The real-life adventures that started when I was 18 (traveling to Papua New Guinea for two years, then to Israel for one year) finally convinced a formerly adventurous soul that I hadn’t suffered by growing up in Fairfield. To this day, I remain convinced that an adventure is best found in one place: on paper, in the safety of your own living room. Real ones are too messy. (And in real adventures, you are usually being chased by bad guys. Believe me.)
I was always creative, and would rather write stories than pay attention in class, from about seventh grade onward. Luckily I was also usually the smartest kid in class, and could ace the tests without ever studying or paying attention to the teacher, so my classroom writing career worked out pretty well. It gave me six hours a day to practice for what would become my eventual career in life, while staving off the unending boredom of public school. I did, however, flunk some classes here and there just to get my revenge on the system.
Along with writing, I would sketch my characters and important doodads and devices from the stories I wrote, so I developed a fair hand at illustration. This came in useful later when I’d turn those old sketches into art for the books, website, and eventually cover art for the paperbacks.
I have been writing all of my life, and I don’t intend to ever stop. If I wasn’t getting paid for it, I’d do it anyway, so I might as well sell some of my stories. How many have I written? I honestly couldn’t tell you. I average about two or three full-length books a year, just for fun, for the last 15 years. One rather frustrating book I re-wrote four times, each copy being over 200,000 words long, but I never did get it right. Each time I wrote the thing, I’d get nearly to the end and realize the whole plot was just not working. Finally I gave up entirely on that one. Failure in one story didn’t deter me. I just switched gears, started a totally different story, and kept writing. (And I plan to go back and rewrite that thing a fifth time once I finally figure out what it’s missing!)
My favorite story is probably the Skyboarders series. That one first appeared in the imagination-engine when I was nine years old, staying at my grandmother’s house for the summer. I was looking out across the golden grassy, perfectly flat fields of Fairfield in the hot summer sun, and there was a clump of huge eucalyptus trees on the horizon. Suddenly in my imagination, I could see swarms of crazy long-haired stunters on flying 'boards making a platform-base in the tops of the trees, and Skyboarders was born. For me, that story-world will always have floating around at the edges the lazy lonely feeling of the hot California fields in summer, the spicy tang of eucalyptus in the heat.
My main fascination in writing is with people and personalities, how people work, and how a character changes over time as they grow up and improve. I prefer to write stories about people who don’t start out as perfect, or even half-good, but though the story they learn better and start pulling themselves together. I never set out to write romantic stories at all, but romantic sub-plots come to me so automatically that I really can’t help it. Almost every story I write ends up having some kind of a romance in it somewhere!
Personally, I don’t appreciate reading along in a story and suddenly stumbling across nasty graphic sex or gushing-blood violence, or some moral derelict prancing about frolicking in their perversions and getting away with it without any consequences at all. That can just completely turn me off and make me toss the book across the room. It certainly ruins a good love story. So in writing I keep to a cautious line in these things: that’s not to say both sex and violence don’t appear in my stories, because sometimes that is what is called for. But they are mentioned as tastefully as possible, never explicitly, and there is always a reason for them. You can feel pretty safe with my work that I am not going to go the way of Hollywood and suddenly throw in a steamy scene right in the middle for no good reason. I don’t believe in getting those kind of ratings.