- Too Many Secrets
- The Last Herrick Secret
- Just Jack
- Trouble in Time
And her fifth long awaited book 'Between' has just arrived in the shops. The back blurb says:
Olly loves soccer, his mates ... and ghosts, or anything to do with the weird and abnormal. It's scary and somehow fascinating at the same time. Which is why he is drawn to the old lady who pushes a shopping trolley around the streets of his town. The sign on her driveway reads 'Martha Mischefski, Spiritualist, By Appointment Only'. Whenever she sees him Martha seems to want to tell him something.
His pain-in-the-neck auntie wants him to keep away from 'mad Martha'. His mum seems really upset that he even notices the old lady, which makes her even more interesting ... that is until they meet.
I asked Adele the following questions:
1. Where did you get the idea for your story?
As a child I too was fascinated in all things unexplained. When one of my sons began to share that interest, it reminded me of my childhood, when I would read every book I could about ghosts, hauntings, Bigfoot etc. Just like Olly and his mates giving each other dares in Between, there was a house not far from my own that all the local kids called the witches’ house. It had a high hedge along the front, skeletal trees stretching down the drive and an old tin shed squatting at the end. Just like my character Olly and his mates, we used to dare each other to run down the drive, touch the shed and run back. No-one ever completed the dare.
There is a strong football/soccer (whichever you prefer), component to the story. Olly and his friends are competing in a school soccer competition and soccer school is their holiday activity. Soccer was a big part of my childhood and teen years and the sport is still growing in NZ.
2. Love the title – how does it relate to the story?
I had several titles to begin with, another favourite being It is or it isn’t. We’ve ALL wondered (even if privately), at some stage in our lives, about these things. Are they real, are they fake? Is it something we don’t have a scientific explanation for, or is it a hoax? Wonder, in any form, is a part of growing up, and I believe we should never lose our sense of wonder about the world around us. Between means different things – our minds swinging between the wonder and the cynic. The character Olly being between childhood and teen, and one other reason which you’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself!
3. Obviously your book is a little eerie – please tell us about some of those moments (without giving the story away, of course) …
The main character Olly is 12 years old and loves the supernatural, paranormal and unexplained. His mates used to be into it too, but now they say that’s for little kids, Olly has to keep his wonder to himself. When he meets someone that might be able to answer his never-ending questions, he’s even more hooked. Mad Martha Mishefski (the town nut job) claims to be a psychic, and he definitely feels strange when he’s close to her. The only problem is that his mum and controlling aunty have told him his entire life to “…stay away from that woman.”
Why? Wonders Olly. She’s just an old lady – isn’t she?
4. I noticed you are having a ticketed event for your book launch – please tell me all about it and where you got the idea from?
Yes, I’m having a celebration for my new book Between at the Old Napier Prison, on Napier’s Bluff Hill. A functioning prison until the early 1990’s, The Napier Prison is now a popular tourist attraction, where visitors can get a feel for what it was like for the inmates. They have all sorts of special events there too. Escape games, scary evenings etc.
I work at Wardini Books and had attended Gareth Ward’s (Wardini himself) Steampunk Launch for his novel The Traitor and the Thief. He held a Steampunk Ball after the official launch and it was fantastic. So when Between was on its way, I wanted to do something different too. I was thinking about my story, which is about a boy’s fascination in the Unexplained - Bigfoot, Aliens, Loch Ness, Psychics, Ghosts, Palm Reading etc and thought, ‘What can I do for Between that is different? Is there somewhere that would reflect my character’s wonder?’
The Napier Prison has lots of its own eerie stories and strange happenings, so it was a perfect choice. I have some fantastic actors lined up for entertainment while ticket holders explore the prison corridors and courtyards. Between isn’t a scary book, so I didn’t want the event to be either, having it late afternoon 4-6pm Saturday 9th June. Tickets are the best way to know how many to cater for etc. The ticket includes a signed copy of Between, entry to the prison, hot drinks and snacks and entertainment.
5. Who is going to love your book and why?
Anyone 9+ really. It might be a story around the unexplained, but like all my other novels, there is a secret to discover and unravel. As always, it’s also about family. Olly and his mates are all 12, attending the same intermediate, and dealing with normal daily school life, including school crushes and a boy that has plagued his entire school life.
Review coming soon ... Watch the book trailer!