Secret Writers

Adina Senft

As part of the three month mega VBT for the writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, Calum, The Secret Writer, and I are hosting the Secret Writers series.

People take pseudonyms for a number of reasons: for privacy, to honor a relative, or because their name isn’t very, um, attractive and they’ve always wanted a good reason to change it. In my case, it was for market reasons. My new Amish Quilt trilogy of women’s fiction is so completely different from the young adult novels I wrote as Shelley Adina that in order to prevent reader confusion, my publisher felt it was best to start with a new name.

"Adina Senft" is my middle name and my maiden name, and since it’s German, it fits well into the Amish fiction landscape. Of course, booksellers are probably going to hate it … "How do you pronounce that?" is the most common question I get. The answer is, "One letter after the other."

Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she made her own clothes and perfected the art of the French braid. She’ll graduate in June 2011 with an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year. Of her fiction, publisher and industry blogger W. Terry Whalin has said, "Readers will be lost in the vivid world that [she] paints with incredible detail and masterful storytelling."

A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens. These days, she makes period costumes and only puts up her hair for historical events and fun.

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  1. Thank you Adina and Shelley for stopping by!

    Your new cover is gorgeous.

    :) Heidi

  2. Great post! Love the pic with the chicken. Can't wait for this book. :-)


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