Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Adele Marie Park

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition (1)

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you one of my dearest friends, Scottish author, Adele Marie Park. Over the years, Adele and I have formed a common interest in all things magical, and especially our love for the faerie craft.

When I asked Adele to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, she didn’t even blink! We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

Adele

Adele is also a member of the Sisters of the Fey blog, a group of eight authors who came together to share their love of all things magical. Adele’s specialty is all things pagan. She shares tarot readings and even a few tried and tested spells! Check out this post HERE. ❤

Please meet my guest, Adele Marie Park.

Adele Marie Park
Scottish Author, Adele Marie Park

Scottish Author, Adele Marie Park was born in the north-east of Scotland, and at the age of six months, she moved to live with family on the Orcadian island of Rousay.

Her childhood was surrounded by the tales and legends of old, and these became the themes and beliefs she’s carried with her through life as they now emerge and live within the pages of her books.

Adele’s first published book is “Wisp,” a tale of murder, passion, and intrigue set in the mythical world of Edra.

She has won awards for her short stories and many have been published in successful anthologies.

Her writing crosses genres between fantasy and horror but is always character driven by transforming the pictures and characters in her head as if by magic onto the pages of her books. Her belief in magic, faeries and the paranormal has never wavered.

She connects with people through her writing, and her wish is for everyone to live every moment of the story and feel it as if they has been on the journey with the characters.

When not writing, she enjoys painting and playing music. Her preferred instrument is the guitar although she has been known to play the tin whistle.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for the invitation to do this interview. What fun!

You’re welcome. Adele, you and I have crossed paths in the blogging world for about four years now, so I know how sensitive and kind you are. What was the first book you read that made you cry?

Although the book I’m going to talk about is not the first to make me cry it is the one which is most poignant. “Clan of The Cave Bear,” by Jean M Auel. For those who haven’t read the book here’s a synopsis:

“Leave 21st century London and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan’s wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman Iza and its wise holy man Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity, and struggle.”

(Click HERE to find “Clan of the Cave Bear,” by Jean M. Auel on Amazon.com)

There are some terrible scenes in this book but the one which made me weep was the death of Ayla’s adoptive mother, Iza.

I was brought up by my aunt Adeline and uncle Tommy. As I read the paragraph, tears filled my eyes and for the first time, I thought about Adeline dying. I wept so loudly she came upstairs to my room to see what was wrong. When I told her she hugged me and told me that wasn’t going to happen. A few years later, cancer took her away from me.

I haven’t been able to read the book since.

I can tell you’re an empathic writer. Can you tell us how being empathic affects your writing?

I feel everything that my characters go through, every loss, pain or heartache. My characters are so close to me that I can not help but feel what they go through. I am an empath, having only found out in the last couple of years what that means. It has been an experience which has freed me. Now, I am able to say I am an empath and I’m not the only one.

 READ: What is an Empath

Does it lend a reality to my writing? Yes, I think it comes across. If I weep because one of my character’s experiences a loss of who they hold dear, I want my readers to do the same. I want my readers to become so engrossed in the story that it transports them into my world. That is what I aim for in my writing.

As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I have several spirit animals. They make themselves known to me when I need them or when they sense that I need comfort. Years ago, when I first started writing again, it was a green dragon. He kept me sane in a very horrible chapter of my life.

Later Wolf came along and inspired me to trust others again and to make peace with myself. When I write now, Wolf is here, but so is otter when I need to lighten up and remember how to play.

Bear is one animal who has been with me since childhood and she brings in the peace of the great mother. Owl and eagle bring me clarity and dreams.

I thought over this question and realised that in every short story or novel that I’ve written, there is usually an animal featured as a prominent character. I can’t choose just one, I can’t.

Do it(CLICK HERE to learn more about how to find your own spirit animal. 

You are so receptive to the vibrations of the universe, Adele. How do you use that superpower to select the names of your characters?

The characters arrive in my head with their names already picked by themselves. My head resembles Grand Central Station at times. All these characters wandering about waiting for me to write about them. It’s quite magical.

Sometimes the idea for a story arrives first. After that, the characters show up. It’s interesting, but they always choose their own names. I don’t think I’ve ever had to change a character’s name. Although, I have changed details about the character, with their permission, of course.

Writers often believe in their writing muse, which is separate from a spirit animal. Do you believe in the muse?

I definitely believe in the muse. I sense mine is female and recently I feel there are two. The old tales warn you never to anger your muse lest she leaves you, so I keep mine as sweet as I can.

People might laugh at these old beliefs today but, what if they are true? Better to pay your respects to the old beliefs than to have your muse turn away from you. Did you know that even Tesla is reported to have credited some otherworldly presence in helping with his inventions? I think that’s fascinating!

There are times when I suffer from writer’s block.  That’s when I call on the muse to help me. I think with everything in life if you are respectful and remember your manners you can’t go wrong.

I read and reviewed Adele’s book, “Wisp.” You can read that review HERE.

Thanks, Colleen for the great discussion. ❤

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How to contact Adele Marie Park

Blog – Firefly 465

Facebook 

Twitter @Binky567

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UK – USA – CA – AUS

k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet Adele Marie Park. Read Wisp! You’ll love it! ❤

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Colleen M. Chesebro is an author of paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

74 thoughts on “Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Adele Marie Park

  1. Wonderful interview with Adele, and I loved what she said about Empathy and crying, you will often find me shedding buckets in a sensitive part of a novel..
    I met Adele only this past week in the blog sphere. and enjoyed her company..
    Much love to you Colleen.. And thank you for your introduction through this interview. ❤

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  2. Fab interview sisters!!!! Adele, of courseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you’re an empath ❤ And should I be embarrassed to say and I think I'm the only one in town who hasn't read Clan of the Cavebear? I really need to read that book now, hearing so much about it. ❤ xxx

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  3. So many people are posting things that make me cry. Sigh. That first question must have been difficult for Adele to answer. I’m sorry she went through that and can’t read the book any longer, but I hope she’s since found peace.

    Thanks, Colleen, for another wonderful job hosting. And for introducing me to a new-to-me author. Wishing you all the best, Adele.

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  4. A lovely post about my wonderful sister, Adele. I love that you have so many different spirit animals! I wish I could identify my own but, so far, I’m only certain that my main one is a dog. They amaze me with their playfulness and their love.

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  5. Lovely to learn more about Adele. I can only imagine that where she lives must give her so much inspiration to write. I know it would for me. I don’t think I’ve ever come across an author who is so close to his/her characters before. However, after reading what Adele said about this, I had a good think about it and saw clearly that, when I write my stories, I’m actually there with the characters, too. And on some occasions, I’ve actually felt rather sad (and sometimes glad) at what happened to them. Of course, it depends on who the character is. I really do not like some of the characters I’ve created.
    Wishing you continued success with your writing, Adele.

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  6. What a heartwarming, magical interview. I love the idea of a Grand Central Station in Adele’s head – a writer’s blessing and bane since they all want their stories told, right? And presence of spirit animals that have accompanied her through her life feels very comforting to me. Good luck with your writing, Adele. I wish you both a wonderfully creative December.

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