20 Questions with Author Adele Parks

Bestselling author Adele Parks joins us today for 20 Questions. Adele's new book Men I've Loved Before was published yesterday in paperback in the UK from Headline Review, a division of Hachette UK.

Kindle or Nook? Book - every time!
iPhone or BlackBerry? iphone, although I currently own a Blackberry, I long for an iPhone and as soon as my contract is up with my Blackberry, iPhone will be the way for me. My husband has an iPhone and I love it. I know everyone says it but really, they are just intuitive. 
Coke or Pepsi? Diet coke
Coffee or tea? Tea. White, no sugar.
Ice cream or frozen yogurt? Frozen yogurt but this is mostly a US thing, isn't it? I love visiting Pink Berry when I'm in the States!
Flats or heels? Flats in real life, heels in my imaginary life!
Facebook or Twitter? Both
Call or text message? Call if possible.
Favorite song right now? 'Make You Feel My Love' by Adele (the other one, obviously). It's beautiful. She's so talented, soulful and frank. Love it. I'm a big softy and am weak for love songs.
Celebrity crush? Jake Gyllenhaal. Yes, yes please!
Last movie you saw? My son and I watched 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.' It is a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction/romance film. The film focuses on a high school girl who inadvertently gains the power to travel through time and begins using it frivolously to fix problems. It was directed by Mamoru Hosoda. It's joyful.
Favorite television show right now? I'm hooked on 'My Lion Family' showing on National Geographic Channel (I know I sound really square) but this show is about a guy who is basically the lion whisperer. His life's work is preserving the endangered white lion but he lives amongst them, almost like he's part of the pride. Mind blowing. It's stunning.
Favorite snack food? I don't snack really. I'm an all or nothing sort of girl.
Your most overused word or phrase? "Net, net". It means 'at the end of the day.' My old boss used to say it all the time. Like her, I'm a woman who likes conclusions and action points.
Your hidden talent? I'm good with babies. I can always soothe them.
Your biggest pet peeve? Bad manners.
Favorite activity when you’re not writing? Talking (is that even an activity??) with my family.
Favorite authors? Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, Muriel Spark
Favorite books? Too many to pick…currently in love with The Betrayal (Helen Dunmore), Hand That First Held Mine (Maggie O'Farrell), My Last Duchess (Daisy Goodwin)
Comment heard most often from your readers? My readers often wonder where I get my ideas from.

About Adele Parks
Adele was born in Teesside, NE England. Since graduating from Leicester University, where she studied English Language and Literature, she has worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010, Adele was awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University. She always dreamed of being a writer and her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000. That same year the Evening Standard identified her as one of London's 'Twenty Faces to Watch.' Adele is often described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women's fiction writers in the UK. One and a half million copies of her work has been sold in the UK and her books have been translated into 25 different languages. She has published nine novels in nine years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. Men I've Loved Before is her tenth novel. Adele is known for her trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style of writing. For more information, please visit http://adeleparks.com, http://twitter.com/adeleparks, and http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAdeleParks

About Men I've Loved Before
Neil and Nat seem to be perfectly matched. They hate marmite and the opera. They love reality TV and the missionary position. And they both absolutely do not want children. At least that’s what Nat thought. But now Neil seems to have softened to the prospect of dirty nappies and sleepless nights, and he’s practically begging her for a baby. Nat tries to ignore his change of heart and won’t explain her reasons for hating the idea, she can’t, she's hiding a terrible secret and very great fear. Are they that compatible after all? As the cracks start to show, Nat wonders if Neil really is the man of her dreams. Or is it possible that someone from her past could actually be “the one”? Nat’s little black book, filled with the names and addresses of previous lovers, could hold the answers she’s looking for. Or it could be a one-way ticket to all kinds of trouble. How do you know when you’ve met the one you’re meant to be with? And is a match made in heaven a realistic dream for mere mortals?
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