Who is Eva Adams?
Eva Adams is fictional in that she is who I choose to be and the name under which I write.
Until now I have had two other surnames; my father's and my husband's. When I started to write many years ago I felt I needed my own name and so Eva Adams was born.
I was born in London to Polish parents. Polish parents who wanted to keep their Polish heritage alive through Polish brownies, Polish Saturday school, Polish church, Polish cinema, Polish discos, Polish dance… Best of all were the regular trips to Poland. I loved the open countryside, the mountains, swimming in the freezing cold streams…
But I was also a London girl who loved going to gigs (especially Bowie), rowing on the Serpentine and drinking and dancing in London's clubs.
Torn between two identities, my English and Polish selves, I chose a third. European.
I've walked an adventurous and varied path ever since. I've lived and worked in London, France, Germany, Sicily, Brighton, Austria, Italy, Dorset, Ukraine and Singapore. I've been a ski instructor, director of marketing for a major retail fashion chain, English teacher, corporate trainer and spent many years working with the British Council which took me all over the world.
I’ve had plenty of adventures along the way:
head injuries: 5
held at gunpoint: 2
in love: 3+
countries lived in: 7
countries visited: 50+
attacked by thugs but got them back: 1
I married a wonderful Singaporean man and have two children. Sadly my husband died when the children were still very young. My first screenplay, Black Snow, tells the story of how we came to terms with his loss.
I’ve certainly faced my fair share of rough seas. But I’ve also had the most incredible of highs (usually in the mountains) and I've been lucky enough to have found love many times over in all its different guises. I’m not finished yet. In fact, in many ways I’m just beginning. Beginning the rest of my life.
Through all of these experiences I have always written.
I've loved learning my new trade. I've taken courses in screenwriting, film making and novel writing. I’ve attended some brilliant festivals and workshops and met some amazing people.
I've made four short films all of which evoked positive responses in those who saw them, written more than ten short stories, completed two feature film scripts and had fun with poems and my blog.
I am currently working on my third screenplay and my first novel. The writing and film making communities are incredibly supportive and generous in their support of new talent. They are also a great industry to be in, far more fun than the corporate world!
I write what I live and what I dream. It's how I make sense of the world; through stories about life, death, dreams, love, loss and the myriad of other themes which occupy our lives.