**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, JERRIE ALEXANDER
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Karen, thank you for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to get the chance to kick back and chat!
1. How did you get started writing?
Gosh, even way-way back in high school I knew I wanted to write. I majored in journalism and found the stories too restricting. My fingers itched to embellish and add depth and dimension. Needless to say, my hand was slapped a lot. 🙂 Life got busy and the writing took a back seat for years. Five years ago, my husband suggested I throw caution to the wind and go for it. I did!
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write romantic suspense. The drama and danger combined with a healthy portion of internal conflict is great fun to write. Throw in a dab of intense passion, and I’m a happy writer. I want my stories to be realistic, so a lot of research goes into a book before I write the first sentences. I just finished a book set in Colombia! That racked up way over sixty pages of research. Did you know there’s a beautiful blue butterfly in the Amazon that is poisonous?
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Can I say typing the end? No? Then it’s after I write a scene where I’ve gotten out of my own way and let the characters take over. You know that moment when you read something and think, WOW, did I do that? It’s rewarding.
But the most rewarding is when a reader likes my work. I had a reader email me that she felt as if I were writing just for her. Man, that brought tears to my eyes.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Plotting. And if your readers could see me they’d have noticed that full body shiver. I try, really I do, to plot. Doesn’t work for me. So I develop my characters, give them a story idea, and see where they take me.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Bad question! My friends and family will confirm that when I finish a book, I’m convinced I’ll never have another original idea. I’ll grouse, whine, and complain! I’ll pore over newspapers and read FBI profiler books. Then something will spark an idea and I’m creating again.
6. What is your typical day like?
I write in total silence. Coffee in the morning with our rescue dog in my lap. Hard to check email with him inspecting the keyboard, but he only weighs ten pounds so I work around him. I have to police myself or I’ll hang out on social media too much, because I enjoy chatting with readers and supporting other writers. But I log off and write for a few hours early in the morning. Then it’s scullery maid duties and meal time!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Tough one! I sometime have to go back and layer in emotions. I’ll get caught up in the moment chasing serial killers and forget to plug in the internal thoughts and emotion. I try to catch them in rewrites.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Someone To Watch Over Me, my short story, is brand new!
Hell or High Water, Book One in The Lost and Found, Inc. series should release early August.
Links to JERRIE’s website, blog, books, etc.
http://www.jerriealexander.com – website
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Jerrie and two of her novels, THE LAST EXECUTION and HELL or HIGH WATER, a *Double Feature* on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Jerrie will give away an eCopy (PDF, mobi or Epub format) of her release, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, to TWO of her lucky readers who comment on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, July 22, 2013. Thanks, Jerrie, for sharing your stories with us!