Introducing Adrienne Clark, author of To Dance In Liradon
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love writing in the YA genre because it’s a time of such romantic idealism and intensity. For me, this kind of passion is the very essence of YA. Young adulthood is a time of almost limitless hope: The conviction that we can do anything, feel everything, be with anyone. Nothing is beyond our reach.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love reading different genres depending on what kind of mood I’m in, but my favorites are YA, fantasy, and literary fiction – all preferably with romantic elements.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
My favorite comment is from a reader who used a quote from To Dance in Liradon: "You will never forget us, not for the rest of your life,” to explain how she felt about the book. She said: “This quote from the book To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke sums up my exact feelings after reading this truly wonderful story. From the first page to the last, this book will draw you in and capture your heart forever. The author's writing style & descriptive details will transport you to a world trapped in time and you will fall in love with her characters and their magical story.”
I felt pure happiness when I read that review!
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I’ve written three books. The first is still in circulation, the second is To Dance in Liradon, and the third I just finished.
Finding the right publishing home for your novel can be a long process, but I do my best to remain hopeful.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
I’m a very idealistic person, sometimes painfully so, so I’m a big believer in once-in-a-lifetime, all consuming, can’t live without you, true love. That said, as much as I hope for a happy ending in real life, I don’t necessarily look for that in fiction. Some of the most haunting, unforgettable romances are stories of unrequited or lost love. For me, the elements of a great romance are characters you care passionately about, emotions that ring true, and language free of clichés.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
My main character Brigid is: Romantic, idealistic, loyal, passionate, brave, and beautiful.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Read my book and escape into an enchanted world filled with danger and fairy-tale romance. To Dance in Liradon is also a richly moral tale -- a story about growing up, about the deceitful nature of appearances, and, most importantly, about what it is to be human and to love.
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