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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
(CLICK HERE to learn more about how to find your own spirit animal.
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.
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.
Thanks, Colleen for the great discussion. ❤
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Thanks for stopping by to meet Adele Marie Park. Read Wisp! You’ll love it! ❤
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.