Adora: The Author
“Reading and writing is my life.” Adora says seriously. She hopes to use her own success to inspire other kids to take more of an interest in reading and writing.
“Nowadays children are lacking in reading and writing skills, and they are saying things like ‘I don't like to read' or ‘ I don't want to write.' That hurts me very much.”
Although Adora knows her stories are a way to reach out and inspire, she hopes this website will provide some insights of her success and a platform for visitors to access additional tool for their own reading and writing.
Adora's love of books is evident both in the vast amount she reads a day (she can gobble down news stories, magazines, blogs, and sometimes, 2-3 books a day) and in the diversity of her own writing.
A self-proclaimed ‘amateur historian', Adora loves to read historical fiction, so perhaps it's not surprising that her stories range in setting from ancient Egypt to Elizabethan England. Well-researched and wonderfully vivid, Adora's historical fiction informs while following fast paced and spirited storylines. Adora's interest in non-fiction history was originally sparked by historical fiction, and she hopes that her own stories will serve as a similar inspiration for other kids.
Although historical fiction remains her first love and passion, she also writes fantasy adventure stories and contemporary fiction. Adora's sense of humor comes through perhaps most in her contemporary stories, which deal with trials and tribulations that will probably seem familiar to most kids. Journal, a contemporary diary style portrait of a young girl, resonates with a fierce emotional tone.
She also delights in the fantastic, and often sets her stories in landscapes and cultures of her own invention.
Her latest short stories and writing works can be found on her Scribd channel (www.scribd.com/adorasvitak). With literary influences ranging from the classic (her short story, A Gossamer Inch, was influenced by Ambrose Bierce and Kate Chopin) to the contemporary (Ferriswood was inspired by current events), Adora shows a wide range of tastes and genres in her writing.
Citing the Redwall series and the Narnia books as huge influences, Adora has worked on stories with titles like The Death of the Hag Lord (a young heroine defends her village from a violent goblin horde), The Cake of Brovdersvik (following the chase of a magic skunk), and Amruin, (an animal tale of a bat who leads a rebellion against the forest's cruel overlord).
Adora is often disappointed by the way girls are portrayed in books and movies, and strives to create the kind of strong, intelligent, and sassy protagonists she herself would want to read about. "The Rebel's Reward," found in Flying Fingers, features just such a character, and also illustrates Adora's penchant for mixing the down-to-earth with the fantastic.
Adora has also expanded beyond fiction, into journalism and reporting. When she goes to conferences, she often brings along a camera and a microphone to interview attendees. You can watch her latest reports at her YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/adorasvitak.