**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Alexa Grace
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.
My writing journey started in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position I’d held for thirteen years was eliminated. At first I was devastated by this job loss. But in time I realized a door had closed for me but another one opened. I finally had the time to pursue my dream of writing books — my dream since childhood. My focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels starting with my Deadly Trilogy.
I earned two degrees from Indiana State University and currently live in Florida. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America (national) as well as the Florida Chapter.
I am blessed that my books Deadly Offerings and Deadly Deception have consistently been listed on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense Books. I was recently surprised by being named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. It is such an honor.
My writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, I am fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.
My book Deadly Offerings is the first of my Deadly Trilogy. The second book of the trilogy, Deadly Deception is now available on Amazon. Deadly Relations will be available in the Fall of 2012.
1. How did you get started writing?
I wrote a romance novel in 1985, went the traditional route and it was not published. I made a career change that year and for the next 25 plus years, I devote myself 100% to my training management positions. When I lost my job in 2011, I did a lot of Internet research in self-publishing. Indie authors like Theresa Ragan and John Locke really motivated me to take the indie route. Like them, I wanted to retain control of book design, writing, marketing, etc. Thus, my indie journey began.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Romantic suspense is my favorite genre to read. I like writing stories that surprise my readers and make them wonder what is coming next. I want my readers to say, “I could not put this book down.”
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is playing the “what if game” with myself. Since my books include crimes and crime scenes, I play this game quite a lot.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
This is a tough question for me because writing is my passion. I guess the least favorite part is having to spend time on other things like marketing when I am in the middle of writing an important scene and want to finish.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I have always had a vivid imagination. I think of a possible plot then play the “what if game” with myself.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
I work hard to make sure the crimes and crime scene analysis are realistic.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Yes, I’ve loved to read since I was a child and read my grandmother’s encyclopedias. I read a book, sometimes two per week. My favorite genre is the one in which I write — romantic suspense.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is Deadly Relations, the third book of the Deadly Trilogy. It will be published this Fall. Here is a brief description of the plot.
A serial killer of young women hides in plain sight in a quiet county in the Midwest. He hides behind a friendly face that inspires trust, a personality that is charming and persuasive, and a rage to kill.
Detective Jennifer Brennan knows that an abduction is the equivalent of a nuclear blast to a family. So when three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch, she vows to find the killer — or die trying.
Detective Blake Stone has been looking for a woman like Jennifer Brennan his entire life. Now that he’s found her, can he convince her to trust again?
Two detectives race against time to find the killer before he strikes again. It is the most important case of their careers. It could be their last.
Links to Alexa Grace’s website, blog, books, etc.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexaGrace
Amazon: Deadly Offerings http://amzn.com/B006QD261G
Barnes & Noble: Deadly Offerings http://tinyurl.com/88vohl5
Apple iTunes: Deadly Offerings http://tinyurl.com/6pttaqt
Kobo: Deadly Offerings http://ow.ly/a6xQh
YouTube: Deadly Offerings on YouTube
Amazon: Deadly Deception http://amzn.com/B0087WZBS4
Note: Deadly Deception will be available for additional ereaders on September 1, 2012.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Alexa and her release, DEADLY DECEPTION, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
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