Shades Of Romance Magazine: Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer.
Adrianne Byrd: Well, I'm what you would call an Army brat. I grew up traveling throughout Europe. It sounds cool, but in actuality was pretty awful. The constant moving made it nearly impossible to develop lasting friendships. But on the other hand, I think it did wonders for my developing a great imagination. Which helps a lot as a writer.
SORM: Tell us about your current book.
BYRD: My Destiny is an interesting book. It's the first novel I've written where I had no real idea where I was headed with the story. Miles and Destiny just came alive whenever I sat down to write. It wasn't until I was half way through with the book did I start mixing the theme from one of my favorite movies: When Harry met Sally.
SORM: Which scene in the book is your favorite?
BYRD: That's an easy one. The night of the blackout. It's the night that changed everything for Miles and Destiny. They transform from bickering neighbors and rivaling attorneys into good friends with the slight hint of more to come. It was a fun and emotional scene.
SORM: What would you want your readers to take away from your book?
BYRD: One of Miles's hang-ups is dealing with a family curse. He doesn't expect to live past his forty-sixth birthday. He has this determination to live life to the fullest before his time is up. Of course in real life nothing is promised to us. Certainty not tomorrow. But I think a lot of us could take a note from him to do just that - to live life. It sounds easy, but it's actually a very hard thing to do to. Our days are preprogrammed with everyday responsibilities and things just fall into routines. It's hard to find the joy in life-to live life, but it's a goal that we all should have.
SORM: If your book could be made into a movie, who would you chose to play the lead?
BYRD: Henry Simmons (from NYPD Blue) and Nia Long.
SORM: Have you ever done some freelance writing?
BYRD: Yes. I had the good fortune to write for a few Atlanta business magazines.
SORM: What was the best writing advice you received?
BYRD: That I could do anything I put my mind to. My grandma told me that.
SORM: What are your goals as a writer?
BYRD: To make the NY Times bestsellers list and to win an Oscar for best original screenplay. (When you dream, dream BIG!)
SORM: What advice would you give someone whose book is about to be published?
BYRD: To take the time to learn all they can about the business side of publishing and don't stop writing.
SORM: What is the latest page-turner you've read?
BYRD: Sarah Strohmeyer's Bubbles Unbound, funny book.
SORM: Do you have any advice for those aspiring writers?
BYRD: Develop a thick skin. Be prepared to do the work, even when you don't feel like it. And accept that you can't please everybody - just yourself.
SORM: How can readers get in contact with you?
BYRD: You can email me at ABYRD2000@aol.com or visit
SHADES OF ROMANCE MAGAZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. BYRD FOR THIS INTERVIEW. WE WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS WITH YOUR DREAMS.