Wordy Wednesday with Adele Yeomans

Today's Wednesday Author for Wordy Wednesday is Adele Yeomans. She is a spooktacular writer (see what I did there?) And I was tempted to save her for the end of October and All Hallow's Eve, but after some thought I decided to give you time to get your hand's on her creepy tales of hauntings, ready for a midnight read!

Her books Blackpool’s Haunted Heritage and Preston’s Haunted Heritage give an insight into the spookier side of these well-known Lancashire towns. With stories collected from some of the ‘haunted’ who live with these spectres daily, you will travel on a journey through some of the theatres, hotels, pubs, houses and old halls, where the boundary between the realm of the living and the dead is thin. From the truly horrific to the hilarious, this frightfully fun guide is packed with ghostly happenings of all kinds, written in a colourful style that is intended to both inform and entertain.

Adele says "From a personal point of view, my own home is featured heavily in the Blackpool’s Haunted Heritage book and it is why this one is my ‘favourite’"

So here are Adele's answers to my probing questions!

When did you start writing?
 Professionally, since 2007. I was approached by established author and TV Presenter Jason Karl to co-write a series of Haunted Heritage Books, following my own home being featured on Most Haunted! Prior to that I have always ‘written’, poetry, Blogs, but this was my first foray into ‘real writing’.

What 3 things (not including paper, computer, pens) would you like to facilitate a good days writing? 
I always like to light a scented candle ( gets me in the mood), in winter I love to escape to my office and light a fire, a cup of tea is good, but ideally I’d prefer (and sometimes have) a glass of fizz…and chocolate (Cadbury’s Buttons) !

Do you write to a schedule, eg every day or three times a week, set times, etc or do you write as and when the mood strikes? 
At the moment I’m too busy with my ‘real’ job to write daily, though I blog my tarot site fairly regularly, so I have to say it’s an ‘as and when thing’ currently.

Is writing your main source of income, I read lots of articles saying writers make no money, and my readers asked this question a lot! Can you survive on book writing alone? if not, what else do you do? 
As I say above, I run two businesses, quite diverse from each other - I own a wedding venue in Lancashire ( but I live in the Cotswolds now too) and an online Tarot Readings site which makes life interesting, but no… book writing hasn’t proved to be very profitable…yet.

What are your favourite biscuits? 
Jammy Dodgers

Tea or Coffee? 

Where do you do most of your writing? 
Life can be quite hectic travelling between two homes so I need to be flexible. I have an office in my home in Lancashire which I use when I’m up there but aside from that I write on the dining table, a lot... - more space for the tea and plate of jammy dodgers!

What book are you reading at the moment? 
‘Follow You Home’ by Mark Edwards

Do you use social media (facebook, twitter, instagram etc) to engage with your audience, do you think it helps sales and do you find it fun or a chore? 
Answering this question has made me realise that I don’t use it enough to push my books. I love social media, so I'm now making this a priority …I’ve been missing a trick here.

Do you own an e-reader? and do you prefer to read digital or paper copy? 
I do and I love it for holidays, but there’s nothing quite like handling a book, it is my preference and I still buy lots.

If you could genetically cross and animal with a fruit or vegetable what would you choose and why? I'm currently keen on an Aubergine Hippo, for the nice colour... 
Cats are my favourite animals – I have a black one, so I’d go for a cross between a cat and a rambutan – a hairy, prickly pink cat ..?? Cute - and slightly odd

If reading and writing were banned, what would you do instead?
Sing and dance….ooh nice choice

If you could bring a dead person back from the dead for one day to have tea and a natter with them, who would you choose and why? 
This is a no brainer…I’m a massive Shakespeare fan, so he’s my man. So many questions too, who / what inspired you and at what times in your life, where did you do your writing, which play do you love / hate, what haven’t you written about that you wish you had…?

Both my books can be bought from Amazon:

Preston's Haunted Heritage

Blackpool's Haunted Heritage

Huge thanks for taking part, I hope some readers are tempted by the thought of an evening of haunting tales...don't look behind you.

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