If you haven’t read Halo yet, you’re missing out on a romantic and beautiful story! If you would like to read my review, it can be found HERE. The author, Alexandra Adornetto, is such a lovely person and she was kind enough to answer some questions for an interview. I would also like to thank Ksenia at Feiwel and Friends for facilitating the interview. I love Alex’s answers and I hope you all enjoy learning more about her!
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Both my parents are English teachers so writing and reading have always been a part of my life. We used to hold home spelling-bees and my mum was always correcting my grammar! The idea of writing a complete novel never occurred to me until I was thirteen and on summer vacation. All my friends had gone to the beach but I wasn’t allowed to go, so I started writing this book. When I realized how easily it was coming to me, I started to consider writing as a career. That said, it wasn’t until I was contracted to Harper Collins that I realized other people might actually take me seriously!
Do you go about writing a certain way? Anything you have to have in order to write?
I always write in the same place. I have a study that overlooks the front porch of my house with my dogs lazing in the sun. I can’t write in a public place, or anywhere crowded. Some authors can get on a bus or sit in a café and it inspires them, but my ideal place to work is the country – somewhere with open spaces, surrounded by trees and horses.
Where did the idea of Halo originate?
I studied a subject called Religion and Society in high-school. It was really full-on and we had about 15 text-books to work our way through, but I found it fascinating. We learnt about the concept of God, religious doctrines and essentially about 2000 years worth of church history, beginning with the idea of Ultimate Reality and how it was depicted by Indigenous Australians. It was such a vast subject that I realized I wanted to write a novel that incorporated some of those ideas. Angels seemed like the perfect thing to choose and I was able to use the Bible as my main reference point.
How does it feel to be making your US debut?
It’s crazy! I’m just a girl from a small town in Australia and now Halo is on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Sometimes when I hear people talking about it, it feels like they’re talking about someone else! Being published in America is a dream come true and I am literally buzzing with excitement about the upcoming US tour.
You’ve accomplished so much as a writer already, so where do you hope your writing takes you next?
At the moment, I’m just focusing on completing the Halo series. I want Hades and Heaven to be bigger and better and give fans even more to be excited about! After that, I’m not sure what I will do, but I always have a hundred ideas bouncing around in my head.
Which came first, writing or acting?
I think acting. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved performing. I was always singing for my family and friends or staging plays in my living room. I got involved in theatre productions in Australia when I was about 8 and I’ve always been passionate about it. Last year, I had to perform a 10 minute monologue as a Drama assessment in which I had to change character every thirty seconds, plus incorporate elements of song and poetry. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done as far as performance goes!
What do you hope to accomplish as an actress?
It’s always been my dream to act in films. To me, it’s very similar to the writing process. Acting gives you this amazing chance to really get inside the head of your character, to understand their motives and emotions. If you get into it properly, you almost feel like you’ve completely slipped into their world and their life. Acting is just another way of conveying a powerful story and that’s what I hope to achieve.
What are three to five things your readers may not know about you?
1) I’m a huge old-school country music fan. Give me some Hank Williams or Johnny Cash and I’m happy.
2) I have really tiny ears but super-sonic hearing
3) I still love the girly art of decorating things. I don’t even send someone a card without sticking hearts and butterflies all over it.
4) I want to live on a ranch one day with my own horse
5) I take photos of absolutely everything. I call it “making memories.”