I’m so very happy to be spotlighting my friend and fellow indie author, Adam Dreece. Join me as we celebrate today’s release of the fourth installment of The Yellow Hoods series.
At first blush, designing software and writing a fantasy novel don’t seem to have much in common. But Adam will tell you differently.
“Writing and coding software are both ways of bringing ideas to life,” he explains. “Both have an inherent story. They’re just told in different languages.”
He was always spinning stories, whether in his own imagination or for his friends and family, influenced by the magic and unfettered fantasy of Dungeons and Dragons and role-play with like-minded enthusiasts. At the same time, he taught himself how to program so he could devise better story scenarios for his friends, and this in turn began his early career as a software architect. Graduating with honors from the University of Waterloo’s math faculty, he was almost immediately catapulted into the high-stakes,high-pressure and highly creative world of Silicon Valley. Within a few years, and at Microsoft in Toronto. But he never stopped writing.
“Stories are vital to me because they allow me me – or anyone – to leap over the boundary of reality and go to the impossible,” he says.
He built a solid, 20-year career in software, working with some of the best, most creative minds in the business. It was fun, it was stimulating, and it was lucrative work. But as often happens, the universe had other plans. In one of those cathartic events we all read about, a sudden illness had Adam reevaluating where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do. After so long in a highly competitive profession when he was at the top of his game, he asked himself: But is it what I want to do?
And ultimately, he decided it wasn’t.
He started his company — ADZO publishing, with his wife — in 2014, and after a nudge over the threshold from his daughter, wrote and released the first two books in his acclaimed Yellow Hoods series – Along Came a Wolf and Breadcrumb Trail – within the first year. Both were bestsellers on Amazon, followed swiftly by the third book and a novelette. In August 2015, the first two novels were selected as finalists for the Independent Author Network’s Book of the Year award in Young Adult/Teen, and Fantasy, respectively.
Not a bad transition from managing multimillion-dollar projects. And he couldn’t be happier.
Adam is active on tour and convention appearances, including the juggernaut When Words Collide, CalgaryExpo, EdmontonExpo, and more. Although he runs his publishing company with the same focus and business-savvy precision as a high-stakes startup, he never loses sight or sense of the sheer enjoyment of doing what he’s doing. His background in business, he says, gives him a lot of perspective as a creative writer.
“It taught me a lot about people – particularly their relationships with change and technology. If people don’t intuitively understand the story and their role in it—whatever the endeavor—It’s doomed to fail.”
Adam currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.