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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Interview with Jewel Adams

Meet my wonderful friend Jewel Adams, President-elect of URWA and writer of umpteen wonderful romantic gems.

What got you writing, Jewel?

I started writing about 20 years ago. I've always loved romance novels, but it was hard to find clean ones at the time. I wanted to read books that I could pass on to my daughter and know they were clean, so I started doing clean romance.

How can we get to these lovely stories?

They are available on Amazon.com, B&N.com and my website, JewelAdams.com

What or who inspires you?

Wow, that would be my husband. I've always told people my heroes in my stories have all of his attributes. They are just younger, have more muscle, and more hair:-)

What do you like to do when you aren't slaving away at the keyboard?

I love to read. You could put me on a deserted island with no TV but plenty of books, water and food, and I would be content:-) I also like to travel, shop, and eat Italian food.

If there was one principle you had to make a stand on--one do-or-die idea, what would it be?

It would probably be anything I could do to help women love themselves regardless of race, background or waist size. To help women know that we all have a purpose in this life, that we can achieve anything we want to, that our presence helps to make the world a better place, and we are treasured more than we know

In what direction do you see yourself heading in the future?

I hope I will still be writing and very successful. I will forever be a work in process, but I long to live my life in a way that will make my family proud, and make me worthy of them.

If you had to switch genres, which one would you choose and why?

Hmmm. that would be hard. Every genre I write (with the exception of my middle grade readers) is romance, from the contemporary to YA to fantasy. There is always romance. If I had to completely switch to middle grade readers, I'm sure I would fit romance in there somehow:-)

Do you have a favorite munchy or music genre you like to listen to while you write?

Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Lara Fabian, Marc Anthony. And I must have orange Tic Tacs! My family calls orange Tic Tacs my drug of choice because I'm not a happy camper when I run out:-)

I'm so impressed with the way you handle your craft. Where did you get your ideas for marketing and what is your favorite tip?

After going the traditional route with two published books and seeing no success with them, I decided to self-publish, and I've never regretted it. As far as my writing career goes, it was the best decision I have ever made.
I'm always looking for new ways to market and I have come across some great ones. But the marketing I've had the most success with is a little company called Wattpad.com. And it really isn't a little company, it's a massive online social network for both published as aspiring authors and readers. I've gotten to know people from all over the world simply by posting my stories as free reads. With millions of readers logging on daily, I have been blessed to garner a large fan base, and most of my sales come from those fans.

If you can think of a great question I've missed, let me have it...:o)

Thanks so much Heidi. I really appreciate you asking me:-)

Jewel's titles include:

by J. Adams

eKindle Edition
Published April 1, 201
by Jewel of the West (2)
Book Source: J. Adams

5 stars

Book Description
Free-spirited Capri Harris has always embraced life to the fullest, but a major health trial brings unexpected changes and her outlook shifts, leaving her with doubts of her worth to any man.
Like the force of a hurricane, Jagger Colby enters Capri's life, weakening her resolve and shaking the walls of self-preservation she has tried so hard to build around her heart.
But Capri knows that once Jagger discovers the truth about her, he will walk away and never look back.
When words mean everything, say what you need to say.
Mary's Review
  Capri, a pretty part American Indian, part Jamacan 20 year old has just found out she has ovarian cancer and has to have a hysterectomy.  Because of this she doesn't feel any man will love her because she cannot have children.  She begins to doubt her self-worth as a woman and doesn't understand unconditional love.
    Seth is Capri's older brother and loves Capri to the point that Capri refers to him as a mother hen.  He also introduces Jagger to Capri.
     Ahhh, then there's the handsome Jagger Colby-grey eyes, dark wavy hair, muscular, 30 years old.  The kind of man any woman would be crazy not to fall for.  Those grey eyes seem to be only for Capri.
     Then to make it interesting and humuorous we have the mischievous set of twins, a drunk cow, and adults playing pranks.
     I love this new novellett by J. Adams.  It is full of clean romance, fun and a story of unconditional love.  It is true what they say "The true experience of love comes from within the self".   This is what Capri has to learn.  Will she?
     I recommend this book for young adults and older.

About the Author
     J. (Jewel) Adams stays crazy busy with her family and writing. She has written several books in different genres and is also a motivational speaker to both youth and adult audiences. She home schools her four kids that are still at home, and between that and conjuring up new ideas for her books, her brain is completely fried most of the time. She and her husband Sean are the parents of eight children, which means they are both losing hair, but hey, that's what Rogaine is for, right?  In her spare time (when she has any) she likes to curl up with a good book and a healthy stash of orange Tic Tacs. She and her family reside in Utah.
     Jewel loves hearing from her fans, so if you would like to contact her to tell her how much you love her books or give her sympathy for the fried brain, or suggestions for the hair loss problem (for her husband, of course) contact her atjewela40@gmail.com

Website: JewelAdams.com
Blog: jewelsbestgems.blogspot.com

Other books by J. Adams/Jewel Adams
Available in paperback and ebook
The Legacy
The Wishing Hour
Guardian of My Heart-A Challissian Novelette
Tears of Heaven
Place In This World
The Journey
Against the Odds
Still His Woman-An Against the Odds Novelette
Mercedes' Mountain
Forbidden Portals: The Quicksilver Project
Novelette Ebooks
Sweet 21 Birthday Ball
That Kind of Love
Elise's Heart (PDF only)
The Passionate Hearts Novelette Series
The Shelter of His Arms
What the Heart Sees
The Sound of Love

All Books Are Also Available in Kindle and Nook Versions (Elise's Heart and Mercedes' Mountain excluded)

For reviews of Jewel's books, go to:

Thanks, Jewel, for doing this interview. I have to say that I've enjoyed hearing from you since I first joined the ff list. I think you are a pioneer and doing a great job at it.


  1. Super interview! Thanks for doing it. I'm Jewel's #1 fan and have read all her books.

  2. Great interview, Jewel. I like that you are 'forever a work in progress'. Love that! I wish I could publish as many as you. Maybe one day...

  3. Ok my comment went to the blog below so let me post it again LOL. Nice interview Jewel. You are my niece and my granddaughters favorite author.

  4. Nice interview, Jewel. I miss seeing you. Hope you are doing fantastic and sales are off the charts!