Adi Rule is a VCFA graduate, singer, and now author! Her debut novel, Strange Sweet Song, will be released March 11th, 2014. Adi was kind enough to answer a few quick questions about her upcoming release.
TCR: How would you describe your book in ten words or less?
AR: Phantom of the Opera meets Stardust in high school.
TCR: What's the best part about your publishing process so far?
AR: I love being part of a team. So much of the writing process is me (and cats) looking at (sitting on) a laptop. But when a book is getting produced, there are all these other people contributing and all these cool conversations going on. At first, I was a little afraid of getting lost inside the giant mechanisms of publishing. But it turned out I was just joining a group of people who love books.
TCR: What is the most helpful piece of writing (or publishing) advice you've received?
AR: "There's room for everyone at the top." It's not really advice, but it's a mindset that encapsulates what I love about the kidlit/YA-lit community, which is incredibly supportive and welcoming. And it's a reminder that we each have our own path, unaffected by the trajectory and pacing of others' paths.
TCR: Where is the best place for readers to stay up to date on you and your books?
AR: Find me at www.adirule.com and @luciferadi on Twitter.
Thanks so much, Adi!
"Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is there to sing for real. This prestigious academy will finally give her the chance to prove her worth—not as the daughter of world-renowned musicians—but as an artist and leading lady in her own right.
Yet despite her best efforts, there seems to be something missing from her voice. Her doubts about her own talent are underscored by the fact that she is cast as the understudy in the school's production of her favorite opera, Angelique. Angelique was written at Dunhammond, and the legend says that the composer was inspired by forest surrounding the school, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. But was it all a figment of his imagination, or are the fantastic figures in the opera more than imaginary?
Sing must work with the mysterious Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor as her vocal coach, who is both her harshest critic and staunchest advocate. But Nathan has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.
Lyrical, gothic, and magical, Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule will captivate and enchant readers."It sounds awesome, and I've definitely added it to my wishlist! Look for it in March 2014!