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Who Am I? Hell If I Know.

This is indeed the question of the decade, for me at least. I’ve spent nearly the last ten years of my life trying to figure that out. What have I learned? I’ve learned that I don’t know anything and I could spend another ten years trying, only to arrive at the same result. The truth is, there’s so much I still have to discover about myself, and I believe that’s ok. They say life is a journey and I’m trying to live it the best I can, though that’s not without effort. I still have a long way to go, and I’d like you to join me on this journey.

My name is Tanique Adams and I’m a writer. I much more than this, but for the context of this blog, that is my main identity. I’ve been writing all my life and it’s my most beloved hobby. Sometimes I wish I could quit my job and become a full time indie writer, but that’s an ideal I’ve yet to be so fortunate to reach. Perhaps one day, but for now, I’ve got to continue working my 9 to 5 as the average adult must. It’s this fact that prevents me from writing as much as I’d like to, but I find the time when inspiration hits. Even if it means I wake up sleep-deprived the next morning or experience writing cramps after writing for an entire day. To me, the willingness to sacrifice your comfort or basic needs for your passions is a show of just how serious you are about them and it’s admirable. If one day I can make writing my livelihood, I’d consider myself a lucky girl.

So, what do I write about you ask? Well, a little bit of everything I suppose, though creative fiction is my love. I’ve dabbled in poetry, fanfiction and even song writing, but nothing has satisfied me quite as much as creative writing. I believe this began as a child, when I began to get heavy into reading. Funny enough, I hated reading at first. However, my mother knew the importance of reading for a young mind, and forced me to read a book a week and write a report on it at the end of it. God bless my mom for seeing what I couldn’t then, because I credit her for awakening my passions for reading and writing. By the time I hit middle school, I couldn’t go a day without reading a book. My writing skills were also advanced as a result, earning me my English teacher’s praise and leading her to read my creative writing story before my entire sixth grade class because she was so impressed. This drove me further to start writing my own works.

However, as it typically does, life got in the way. I had to grow up eventually and with my growth, my interests and passions began to change. I sought a more scientific focus, leading me to pursue a science degree in college and even go to medical school. However, things changed once again and two years in I walked away. I would not be a doctor, but I was fine with that, as it was no longer what I desired anyway. The issue was however, I became lost, as it’d been my focus for so long and I was so sure it was what I was going to do until it wasn’t. I had no direction and I felt like a failure. I’ve since picked myself back up, but I’m still not exactly sure where I’m going yet. One thing I do know however, is that my passion for writing hasn’t died. Even through med school I wrote. In fact, I sacrificed study time to write, which should’ve been my wake up call in its own right. In any case, I never stopped, even if I did slow down a bit. Now it’s here to stay.

I write a variety of genres, but they always include Romance. I consider myself to be a self-proclaimed romantic and I’m absolutely smitten with the idea of love. Be it Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi or Comedy, I most enjoy these works when there is a romantic subplot intertwined. I’ll take love in any form and don’t discriminate on the types. In fact, I consider myself and advocate for normalizing LGBT themes in written works, so expect a diverse mix in my site’s content. Despite my idealistic views of the existence of soulmates and true love, I am realistic in the sense that the path to such love isn’t easy. For with love can also come darkness, pain and suffering. My content won’t always end on a happy note, but it will never be artificial. My stories are so organic, they practically write themselves. I simply observe. Writing is an adventure, and I often find myself lost in the worlds I create. That’s the beauty of reading and writing. Imagination is your only limit.

Within the last several years, I’ve achieved something major for a writer; I’ve written a novel. In fact, I’ve written several; most part of my series Bound. It’s gone through a few incarnations and heavy edits, but it’s finally complete in its final form and I’m ready for it to be read. At the moment I’m hosting the three-book series on Inkitt, but I plan to properly self-publish as well once I’ve had it properly edited. I’ve self-published previous versions on Amazon before, but I wasn’t happy with those versions, which is why I edited major portions and expanded the story. Should you come across those, you may disregard them, as they are the past and I’m moving towards my future.

Like me, there are millions of people across the globe that have no voices. Or even if they have voices, they are not heard or their words fall on deaf ears. I want to bring awareness and exposure to these voices that whisper their words in a written medium; hoping someone will hear them and truly listen to what they want to say. I know what it’s like to feel voiceless or to feel like no one cares about your thoughts. I lived that for years and I’m still living it even now. I want to be heard and intend to use this blog to make it happen, but I want to offer recognition to others like me as well. Therefore, outside of sharing my own written works and personal posts here, I will be sharing other bloggers’ posts that I feel deserves notice. If you think you’d enjoy seeing such content, then please subscribe to the site and share. Can you hear our whispers? Will you listen?

My Romance Series Bound is Now on Amazon Kindle!

So, I mentioned it in my About Me post, but I wrote a few novels. These novels comprise my Bound series, which has been through a lot in order to reach this point, but it’s finally in its final form. I will continue to keep it on Inkitt for a while to read totally free, but if you’d rather read it in e-book form or would like to support me, I’m going to post the links to all three books below. I really hope all who read it will enjoy it and if you do, please support me with a review! That is the best way to ensure my series’ exposure and I’d appreciate them most of all. Thank you and happy reading!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RNVNS5N
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RNWFC27
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RN9G72Z

Inspiration Comes From a Scholastic Book Fair.

Now, I don’t know if I’m aging myself or what (if anyone considers 27 old), but when I was in Elementary School, they’d have annual Scholastic Book Fairs that sold a variety of children’s books. I have no children as of this writing, so I don’t have a clue if they still offer these in schools (they absolutely should if they don’t), but had it not been for such a fair, I may not have found my inspiration to pick up my pen. At least, not as soon as I did. This is because it all began when I bought a Horror book called Cirque du Freak, by the infamous author Darren Shan.

I’d never heard of him, nor the series before, but when I began that novel, I was abruptly dragged on a long, exciting and mysterious journey. What started in my first year of middle school, continued all the way through high school. I read all 12 books of that series and continued on with his next series, called The Demonata. Both series were filled with ingenious concepts and themes and while they were series for children, they had such a maturity to them. As a child wise beyond her years, I believe I took deeper meanings from them and that allowed me to enjoy them that much more.

My fondness for these series as well as for him as an author have carried along with me even now, such that I’d resolved myself to collect all his series for my growing collection of books. This post is mainly to share the delight I feel in having finally achieved this goal. Pictured below is the complete Darren Shan series collection.

The nostalgia I feel looking at this is unbelievable and it makes me so grateful to Darren, who inspired me. I had the opportunity to send a letter to him and he responded with advice I’ve never forgotten. He told me to write as much as possible and not to worry about if it’s good or will be successful. He said if I write the stories I’m passionate about, eventually someone will come to love it too. This gave me the confidence to start writing and while I still have alot to learn, I’m certain I’m better for it. I hope one day I’ll be able to write an amazing horror novel and when I do, I hope he could discover it somehow.

As for the series themselves, I will gladly go into detailed analysis at another time, but for now I just want to shine a light on the amazing Darren Shan, who has been called the Stephen King for children and was even praised by the Master of Horror novels himself. I have yet to read the Larten Crepsley Saga or Zom-B, but I now have the chance to do so, and enter one of his hauntingly magnificent universes again.