Monday, July 1, 2013
Interview and Book Blitz: Don Adler and his Shelter From The Winter Series
Spring of Seduction by D.W. Adler
Series: Shelter from the Winter #1
Published by eXtasy Books on February 1st 2013
Genres: F/F Romance, Urban Fantasy
Brijit McRaith has been on the run for centuries. Pursued by her mad
creator for most of her years as a vampire, she has finally found
peace and sanctuary in her native Ireland. But a modern world on the
brink of war has caught up with her and after decades of quiet Brijit
finds herself on the run again. To add to her personal chaos, she
becomes smitten with mortal Kelly O'Donnell and Brijit and her initial
plans to lay low fall by the wayside. With an uncertain future ahead
of her, can Brijit protect her new-found love from a world on the edge
of destroying itself?
Buy the Book:
The Autumn of Desire:
Brijit and Kelly are comfortable in their new lives as a couple even
as the world becomes more unsettled. When a spectre from the past
comes back to haunt the vampire, her life is turned upside down with
the realization that the future will be anything but peaceful. Faced
with the imminent destruction of the world, Brijit lays out a plan for
what she needs to do in order to safeguard herself and the love of her
The Winter of Passion:
The third book of the Shelter from the Winter series brings the story
full circle. The bombs have dropped, turning the Earth into a
wasteland of black snow and burned forests. Brijit and Kelly huddle in
their underground shelter, safe from the nuclear winter that darkens
the Earth. Life is easy underground but they must face the reality of
a new and hostile world. Radioactive ruins and hostile survivalists
are the least of their worries when the land starts to empty of warm
bodies for Brijit to feed from. When there are no more humans or
animals, where can Brijit turn to feed herself and keep her sanity?
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DW Adler (“Call me Don”) was born and raised in beautiful Nova Scotia,
Canada. After receiving a degree in psychology and an almost-minor in
Irish Studies, he learned how to fix computers. He now sweats
profusely in Florida where he does IT support for a living when he’s
Don counts such authors as Anne Rice, JRR Tolkien, and Edgar Allan
Poe, as well as a love for Irish/Celtic myth and folklore as his
influences. He loves to read sci-fi, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, and
anything having to do with vampires.
Other than sipping tea and writing, Don dabbles in computer animation
and graphic design, goes on long walks with his wife, and enjoys the
company of his two children. He is constantly plotting how to get back
home to Nova Scotia and flees there whenever the sight of snow becomes
Today Don joins us for an interview, lets get to know him.
Don joins us today for an interview, lets get to know him.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I definitely have always wanted to be a writer, I love to tell a good story.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I considered myself a writer when I finished the Shelter series. It was the first time I had finished a novel-length story and managed to maintain a cohesive plot!
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It didn’t take long at all. I submitted the first five chapters and within two hours I heard back from the publisher that they wanted to see the rest. By the end of the day I had a contract so it was much faster than I expected.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Unfortunately I have a day job. I’m an IT support specialist with a banking software company…or as I prefer to call it, IT Whipping Boy.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My last book published was The Winter of Passion, the third and final book in the Shelter series. I would summarize it as a roller coaster that loops, spins, and twists before coming to a screeching halt.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Shelter is published with eXtasy Books. I have gone the self-publishing route as well, I have a short erotic story out for Kindle with more to follow.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Shelter took me about two years from conception to finish. I’m in the middle of writing a prequel series and so far I have two books written in the space of about six months. Since two of the characters are the same, it’s been an easier go this time around as I’m not tweaking their personalities as I did with Shelter.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m trying different things with my writing. I’m looking to do some pure erotic short stories to self-pub on Amazon. I have another novel in the works that will be more on the romance side and then a prequel to Shelter will be the same erotic romance genre.
What genre would you place your books into?
I like to call them erotic romance adventure.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I like a good romance and when I heard about how well erotica was starting to sell with the rise of e-readers, I decided to sex it up.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Brijit is my absolute favourite. She’s a female version of me but with a whole lot more confidence and bravado.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing since my early teens. I would write short stories to images that popped up in my head while Shelter was the first complete series I ever wrote. My love of reading was an inspiration, I wanted to tell great stories like the ones I was reading.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I always have earbuds in to listen to music, I need to isolate myself from distractions. If a certain song comes on that fits the scene, I’ll replay it over and over until I’m finished. Other than that, I always have a good cup of tea nearby.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Oh yes, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. I read them all and take what I can from them to improve.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
It depends on the book…with the Shelter series, the title came first but with the prequel series I’m writing, I still have no clue what titles I’m going to give the series or the individual books.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Shelter was based on all real places, so the place names were easy, especially the settings in Nova Scotia since that’s where I grew up. The character names I tried to keep traditional Irish or what you’d find in Nova Scotia, but with other books and stories I literally will pick them out of a phone book.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I pick the names after creation, I flesh out the personality first then pick a name to match.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I do character sketches before I get into the actual writing so they are more or less fleshed out with traits before I start. I want to know how the characters will react to whatever I choose to put them through.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Other than my not-so-subtle feelings on happy endings, there is no hidden message or moral in the Shelter series.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
That’s a tough one… while I love the feeling of a good hardcover in my hands, I love the fact that I can load my iPhone up with ebooks and have a whole library in my pocket. The ebooks win by the narrowest of margins for portability in numbers.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I have a favourite short story, does that count? I love The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Alan Poe, I’ve read it a thousand times.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
It depends on who’s writing the screenplay, who’s directing, and how much the movie execs interfere… Lord of the Rings was a brilliant adaptation of the books while I Am Legend was barely recognizable from the original book. When the movies stray too far from the written page, that’s when they lose me.
Your favorite food is?
Your favorite singer/group is?
My favourite group of all time is the Moody Blues.
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