Dirty Dozen Blog Hop: JEFF ADAMS

I’m so excited to be taking part in the Dirty Dozen Blog Hop and thrilled to be welcoming Jeff Adams. Today it’s Jeff’s turn to answer the 12 questions. Check out what he has to say and don’t forget to enter the giveaway by commenting on the post (and leaving your email address). Good luck!

“Dirty Dozen” 
blog hop
12 GRL Authors | 12 Question Q&A | 12 book Giveaway

So let’s see Jeff Adam’s responses to the twelve questions asked by the authors…

Welcome, Jeff Adams!

I’m excited to be on Nic’s blog today as part of the Dirty Dozen Blog Hop. These were some fun questions to answer. Make sure you leave a comment below since that gets you entered into the Dirty Dozen giveaway, which includes a free ebook from each of the twelve authors. If you leave me any questions, I will stop by an answer them, too.


AE: Do you fully outline a book? Or do you sit and let the thoughts flow as you type?

The more I write the more I find myself outlining so I know the gist of what’s supposed to happen in each chapter. Knowing what needs to happen in the chapter, I just let the thoughts flow from there.

Aisling: Describe your writing style in five words and what about that style sets you apart from other authors in your genre(s)?

I have no idea how to describe it. Maybe my readers can chime in and tell me what they think my style is.

Alexa: What are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in 2016?

I’m currently working on a tangent to the Hat Trick series, focusing on Leo and Matt, who got together in the first book and showed up in the rest. Fans have asked for their story, so it’s time to write it. In 2016 I’ve got plans for one more book set in the Hat Trick universe involving the youth team created in Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot.  I’m also looking at a sequel to Flipping For Him, which is planned to be a collaboration with a friend, as well as starting a series about a gay, sixteen-year-old hockey player/computer genius who has a few secrets. One of the things I’m most excited about is co-writing with Wade Kelly!

Carter: What’s the answer to the one question no interviewer has ever asked? (You don’t have to supply the question.)

Peanut Butter Oreos

Jeff: When you’re stuck on a story, what do you do to get the words flowing again?

Put the story aside, maybe only for a day, or maybe longer. If it’s longer, I’ll work on something else while my brain figures out the problem with the original story.

LE: What’s your favorite scene from your own work and the one that’s lingered longest from someone else’s.

From my own work: In Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound, Simon gives a speech at a high school about coming out and being an ally. I love what goes down during the speech because it shows the power of being true to yourself.

From someone else’s: There’s a scene in Sarina Bowen’s excellent Understatement of the Year that’s set in a hospital after one of the main characters has been seriously hurt in a hockey game. He keeps yelling out a name, and there are far reaching consequences to the yelling. I read that book back in January and that still sticks with me.

Morticia: What is your favorite genre to read? Least favorite?

Contemporary YA is my favorite. Least is hard to pin point as it’s hard to eliminate a whole genre. I’ll say I don’t tend to read much horror or historical.

Nic: Tell us about your writing environment and where your writing time fits into your daily or weekly schedule.

I mostly write in my home office. During the week, I try to get three hours in a day, and at least that on the weekend days, if not more. Those hours are split up between writing new stories, editing and marketing tasks.

Nicole: How do you manage all of your new plot bunnies and what is your process to work on one?

I have a notebook I keep track of various ideas in. As I get ready to work on them in more detail, I’ll move the ideas on to a whiteboard or chalkboard so I can go more in depth and plot out the idea. Eventually it all moves into Scrivener so I can do even more plot details, character sketches, etc and have it all in one central place that’s accessible from wherever I am so I can always work.

TM: What keeps you focused when writing? 

I’ve been using the Pomodoro method, where I focus for twenty minutes on just writing. The office door is closed, Facebook, email and other things are turned off. Whatever my soundtrack for the session is going and I write until the timer goes off. Then there’s a five-minute break followed by another twenty minutes of writing. After three sprints, I’ll take a longer break before doing another cycle. Ideally I end up with six hundred to seven hundred words per sprint.

Tempe: In a perfect world, would you write full time? If so, would it ll be mm/LGBT or would there be some mf in there too?

Absolutely. I’m hoping I get to that point over the next five years. I don’t think all of my stories will have a romance front and center, but I think it’s safe to say that LGBTQ characters will always be the main characters, although being LGBTQ may not be the most interesting thing about them or what the story is about.

Wade: What influenced your decision to write in this genre?

It was the genre that best fit the stories I wanted to tell.

About Jeff


Jeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.

Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.


Learn more at jeffadamswrites.com


Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot Blurb

Penalty_Shot_400x600Life has a sneaky way of checking you into the boards.

The relationship that began when Simon Roberts and Alex Miller were in high school is about to cross another milestone as they begin their final year at the University of Michigan. It’s been four amazing years of love, friends and hockey.

Now it’s time to help pay it forward.

When a talented sixteen-year-old goalie is denied placement on a youth league roster, he asks Simon and Alex to coach a team of LGBT youth and allies. With the determination, hard work, and help of an amazing group of friends, they rally the team towards a winning season.

In the final installment of the best selling Hat Trick trilogy, Simon and Alex find everything they’ve worked so hard for is in jeopardy. When they’re thrown a devastating curve ball, the far-reaching implications put their entire future together on the line.

“Dirty Dozen” e-book extravaganza giveaway…

ONE lucky winner will receive an e-book from each Author on the hop. Most Author’s have submitted winner’s choice from their backlist, but a few have listed a specific title.
AE Via:
Winner’s choice, one book from the Nothing Special series
Aisling Mancy:
Joyeaux Noel by Aisling Mancy (adult) or Safe by C. Kennedy (young adult)
Alexa Land:
One ebook copy from the  ‘Coming Home’ series, or Winner’s choice from my backlist.
Carter Quinn: Winner’s choice, one book from Carter’s backlist
Jeff Adams: Winner’s choice, one book from Jeff’s backlist
LE Frank:
Winner’s choice, copy of 6 Days to Valentine or Can This be Real
Morticia Knight: Winner’s choice, one book from Morticia’s backlist
Nic Starr:
Winner’s choice, copy of Andrew’s Promise or More Than a Friend
Nicole Dennis: Winner’s choice, one book from Nicole’s backlist
TM Smith: Winner’s choice, one book from TM’s backlist
Tempeste O’Riley: Winner’s choice, one book from Tempeste’s backlist
Wade Kelly: Winner’s choice, one book from Wade’s backlist
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Follow the hop to see what the other Dirty Dozen members had to say! 


September 24th | AE Via is hosting Wade Kelly

September 25th | Aisling Mancy is hosting Tempeste O’Riley

September 28th | Alexa Land is hosting TM Smith

September 29th | Carter Quinn is hosting Nicole Dennis

September 30th | Jeff Adams is hosting Nic Starr

October 1st | LE Franks is hosting Morticia Knight

October 2nd | Morticia Knight is hosting LE Franks

October 5th | Nic Starr is hosting Jeff Adams

October 6th | Nicole Dennis is hosting Carter Quinn

October 7th | TM Smith is hosting Alexa Land

October 8th | Tempeste O’Riley is hosting Aisling Mancy

October 9th | Wade Kelly is hosting AE Via

**** to enter the giveaway leave a comment below – you can visit EACH stop on the hop via the links above by their name, and leave a comment at EACH stop for additional entries. At the end of the hop I will put EVERY comment from EACH stop into a hat and draw ONE lucky winner ****



28 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen Blog Hop: JEFF ADAMS

  1. Another great post in this fun blog hop. I really like all the questions and it is so much fun to read the answers by all the authors. I’m definitely looking forward to some of the upcoming story’s and i like the idea of a 16 year old gay hockey player – computer genius with his secrets.


      • Hello Tammy,

        Thank You!!!
        I received your email and i’m so happy 🙂 I look forward in reading the donated books by these amazing authors. I want to thank the authors for participating in this blog hop and of course for donating their books and a big thanks to you Tammy for organizing such a fun blog hop, i really enjoyed reading all the posts and the Q&A, it was a great way to start or end the day (depending on the time zone) LOL.

  2. I finished the HAT TRICK series last night and loved it (and I definitely need to check out UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR, too)…


  3. Another interesting interview I’m enjoying getting to know the authors.


  4. Love the question and answers. I’m happy to hear about Matt and Leo’s story as well as Rainbow Highs book. I have really enjoyed the Hat Trick books. Look forward to what Jeff writes next

  5. I loved the interview and am looking forward to more in the Hat Trick universe! I am curious about the future of the kids on the youth hockey team too.

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Hi ReeDee…. I’m looking forward to writing the book about the youth hockey team. I’ve been making some notes on that over the past couple weeks. TJ, Bryan and Scottie all play big roles as does a guy who’ll be new to the team for their second season. I’m expecting late 2016 for this book as there needs to be some research done to get the characters right.

  6. “Life has a sneaky way of checking you into the boards.” this is clever and so true! So the peanut butter oreo’s… is that your junk food weakness?

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