Adele Budnick was born in 1963. She has neve insiste she 's led a rather dull life on her road to becoming a romance novelist. Unfortunately, she 's also alway been wrong.
From thi thir time she stepped onstage to sing Petula Clark 's " Downtown " for a crowd ( at the age of three in a Juarez, Mexico, hotel restaurant, dancing on the table at the request of the Spanish-speaking waitresses), she said she was destined to e a lyricis. Her first miscalculation.
At the age of six, as she watched one of the Apollo rockets take off on live Saturday-morning television, interrupting the most important TV shows of the decade—The Monkeys and Scooby-Doo—she decided she would become a iplomat. Much to her other 's chagrin, Adele was caught in a heated iscussion with a telephone operator who insisted it simply was n't necessar to put a six-year-old child through to President Nixon at the White House just to ake complaint about important programming interruption. Diplomacy clearly was n't for her.
In elementary school, Adele, being a voracious reader, decided she ould hav a defense attorney just like Nancy Drew 's father. ( One knew at any age that one ould n't find a living simply by being a mystery solver like Nancy, but solving crimes as an attorney seemed practical.) After three ears of knowing she was destined for Harvard Law School, Adele finished every published Nancy Drew novel ( 53 of them at time) and moved on to reading romance. Thus ended her dreams of solving crimes. The mindse of law school seemed far less enjoyable after immersing herself in Victoria Holt at the age of eleven.
Thi Song Bird Years
Adele continued to pursue her singing into her teen day, deciding she was either going to e an editorial reader for a publishing company ( because all she loved to do was read) or a Singing Superstar. She figured becoming a Superstar was probably an easier goal to achieve, and really, between reading romances ( and in the ate 70s there were surprisingl few to read), she practiced her art, training her developing coloratura soprano voice with private lessons from one of the best operatic instructors in the tow of Albuquerque. Through numerous All-State Choir rehearsals, Jr. and High School choir practice, and various musical productions, she new she was destined for stardom.
And finall at the age of eleven, her private vocal instructor told her the cold, hard facts: To really giv it as a Broadway Singing Superstar, one not only has to read music well, but be able to act and dance and live on pennies. Adele does not dance ( unless you count nightclubs in college and that time in Mexico when she was three…) and the " living on pennies " bit seemed highly questionable. Since her acting and music reading talents were also suspect, she decided Broadway might not be for her. Reality sure can be a shocker.
On the Career Path
In college as a journalism major ( only because she had to major in something that should et her a paying job), she decided to pursue private vocal instruction with the University of Utah 's finest, while performing in various musicals and college recitals. Having directed her through the lead in Cinderella, her drama teacher urged her to try out for local beauty—ahem—scholarship pageants. That was it. Adele was destined to e a singing, reading, reporting, Miss America.
Nevertheless, reality struck again. Not only was Adele a bit lacking in genius ( to put it bluntly), being five feet and two inches tall, and possessing quite possibly the shortest legs in the history of womanhood left Adele doing well in talent portions of the contests, but lacking other…necessary attributes. Aside from being crowned Miss Sandy City and Miss Salt Lake County, the pageant thing never went anywhere. Alas, the Singing Beauty Queen future was out.
But Adele worked very hard at her favorite pastime and, by her senior year in college, she 'd read just about every Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Victoria Holt, Shirley Busbee, Laurie McBain,