Adele Paula Royce is a writer who came from an artistic educational background. Adele spent time at the world renowned School of Visual Arts in NYC, along with a degree in Fine Arts and English Literature from the City University system. Interestingly, Adele Paula Royce took her artistic talent into the world of Corporate America. In this new world, she would envision companies as a blank canvas and use her artistic ability to secure business relationships. The uniqueness of Adele Paula Royce was a breath of fresh air; instead of talking about products she would teach executives of Thoreau, instead of discussing services she would quote biblical scripture. Adele decided to take a break from corporate America and began managing the career of a singer/songwriter for a couple of years. Using the same techniques, Adele Paula Royce managed to pave her way into the boardrooms of some of the music industry’s most famed elite. Always a seeker of truth, Adele has been studying Western Spirituality under the tutelage of a Master teacher for more than ten years, and has been a student of Kabbalistic Practice. Adele has this year released her own book, entitled The Little Black Book of Suicide Notes, which provides a semi-fictional look inside her own mind. Currently residing in my favourite city in the world, NYC, I was eager to talk books with such an interesting and wonderful person. Please enjoy my interview with Adele Paula Royce…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
At heart, I’m an artist. I have a degree in Fine Arts and minored in English Literature. I brought that into every aspect of my life, from my work in the music industry, to my work in corporate sales, to my new life as an author.
Actually, I’m re-reading A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. It always inspires me to go to Paris. I also have a variety of spiritual books on my bedside table—The Bible, and Studies in Non-Deterministic Psychology by Dr. Gerald Epstein.
When you think about your childhood, what book comes to mind?
Those with an overarching feeling of positivity. A sense of no-responsibility and an unselfconscious embrace of life.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a dancer, a ballerina. I loved to express myself through my body.
What do you think your school aged self would think of the present day you?
I think she would be impressed and surprised. I’m both the person I had always hoped I would be and I’m also a lot different than I would have ever expected.
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education – which book would it be?
The Complete Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare. He was one of the most spiritual people out there. His idea that, “all the world’s a stage and we’re all players playing roles” was a big inspiration to me.
Does your reading have routine? Is there a particular time or place that you like to read?
On a beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Which book has had the biggest impact on your career so far?
I’d have to say The Bible, both Old and New Testaments. I see it as an extraordinary piece of wisdom literature. It’s taught me love and compassion. It’s a cool book.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
My teacher Dr. Jerry Epstein has written a lot of books that have had a huge impact on my life. When I read them, he feels close to me.
That’s a great question. I feel like I’m probably a broken record to those around me about Shakespeare. I’m always recommending that people read his plays. One of my favorites is Much Ado about Nothing. It was like watching the absurd human condition at play!
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
I prefer fiction, because I don’t like people telling me something that might not be true. In fiction, the truth is more subject to interpretation. It speaks to deeper, more aesthetic truths.
Do you think reading is important?
Yes. It opens up worlds of worlds, it expands your mind to different places. It does what the internet does but in a more intimate way. It’s an intimate experience between you and the words.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
Mine. No, just kidding. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
Real. I’m old school.
Name a book that you feel every human should have to read by law.
This is a tough one, but I would have to say The Bible or any fundamental spiritual text depending on your preferences.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life?
Dr. Epstein’s first book, Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery. Reading that book opened up my spiritual heart.
Well, I’m a big Hemingway fan, so I’d say The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I recently came across the three novels by Franz Kafka that were published posthumously. I’ve always had a fascination with Kafka, so I’m going to read those novels next.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
Memoirs of An Earthling and that will be written.