Getting to Know the Author: Ben Adams

editedHeartWelcome, Ben.

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

Some people tell me I write contemporary fiction; others call it chick lit or lad lit. Personally I steer clear of labels as they tend to keep people reading what they’ve always read.

I write novels about relationships; about how they form, how they grow and how they die. I seem to be drawn to mid-life crises for some strange reason. Why do I write what I write? Because I’m middle-aged I suppose.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

No. I’m a completer-finisher, whatever one of those is.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

No, I work with a laptop and a German Shepherd dog.

Can you remember your first reading book?

No, it was a long time ago. I can remember books I loved as a child. Most of them were written by Roald Dahl.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

No. When I’m writing is about the only time I don’t nibble on snacks. Maybe I should do more writing.

six lies cover for pc w endorseTidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

Definitely a bomb site. There’s crap everywhere. Enough papers to fill a recycling bin, enough leads and wires to stretch from here to the moon and back and three coffee mugs. I might not snack but I drink coffee. Oh, and the obligatory unfinished Rubik’s cube.

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

My first two books are self-published, more out of necessity than choice. My letters to agents haven’t yet succeeded in pressing the right buttons. Sooner or later they will though.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

Sue Townsend, David Nicholls and Sophie Kinsella.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

I’d have Benedict Cumberbatch playing Dave, Kate Winslet playing Lou and Ricky Tomlinson playing Dave’s dad. OK, maybe not Ricky but it’s a fun thought.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

I went to have my author photograph taken. My photographer introduced me to her husband and her son. I blithely said hello without recognising either of them. It was later explained to me that one is a famous comedian, the other the new Spiderman.

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My author website:

Twitter: @benadamsauthor

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Genre: Humour, Romance,
Release Date: 23/11/15
Publisher: SilverWood Books
How would you feel if, one day, you discover that everything you thought you knew about your family was a fabrication? Your mother wasn’t your mother, your father was a liar and your whole upbringing was a sham.

Confronted with this exact situation, Dave Fazackerley doesn’t feel great. It doesn’t help that he has just buried the woman he thought of as his mother. Or that his wife, his one true soulmate, recently jumped into bed with a librarian. Even his band, his only escape from reality, is going through a rough patch.

How will Dave respond? Will he discover the truth about his family? Will his band ever play a gig again? More importantly, can Dave entice his wife back from the arms of the book-dork or will he take a chance on a new love?





editedLike a lot of people, Ben went to school, then college and eventually grew up and got a responsible job, a house and a family. And then his mid-life crisis kicked in.

Realising that life was in danger of becoming all too serious, Ben started writing. Not in the way that Forrest Gump started running, but at least he started. He wrote on steamed up mirrors in the bathroom to make his children smile. Eventually he graduated to making up stories to entertain his kids at bedtime.

For some reason, his boys didn’t seem interested in his tales of every-day life, relationships, family, trauma, farce and the occasional bit of debauchery. They preferred JK someone or other.

Following his short-lived career as a children’s author, Ben now concentrates on writing stories for grown-ups. He writes for people who have lived, loved, worked, strived and suffered – people like him. People like you.

Ben lives in southwest London with his two boys and Albus, his dog.






Twitter: @benadamsauthor

Twitter: @benadamsauthor

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About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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2 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Ben Adams

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Very interesting, so thanks, both. I couldn’t agree more that books that defy a genre label can be the most interesting! And relationships are central to all stories, really. Wishing you much success.

  2. I got a grin out of that last answer!

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