Interview with Aliyah Burke

Jen: This weekend we welcome Aliyah Burke to Romancing the Book. Aliyah, will you please share a short bio with us?
Aliyah: Thank you for having me here.

Aliyah Burke loves to read and write. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at aliyah@aliyah-burke.com, aliyah_burke@hotmail.com, or feel free to apply to join her yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aliyah_burke. She is married to a career military man, they have two German Shepherds and a DSH cat. Her days are spent sharing her time between work, writing, and dog training.

Jen: Tell us about The Lieutenant’s Ex-Wife and where it’s available.
Aliyah: My next novel, The Lieutenant’s Ex-Wife will be released 12 July 10 at Total E-Bound. This story deals with a naval pilot, Pete Kysenzki, the RIO to Michael Taylor from A Marriage of Convenience. The blurb is below:

Their relationship began and ended because of an assignment six years ago, what will happen when they are reunited?

Lieutenant Pete “Racer” Kysenzki loves his job as a pilot. But with the news he gets from JAG pertaining to an incident six years ago he finds himself above the Arctic Circle tracking down a woman he has tried his best to forget. He needs some answers and fast.

Sidra Bonnaire is doing her best to stay one step ahead of a rogue agent who wants her dead and the computer chip she has. When she looks up into the face of a man from her past she is immediately reminded of how it had been between them. No matter how intense the passion still is when she learns his reason for coming she knows it’s time to run again.

Pete can’t leave her to face the danger alone, especially since he brought it to her. Convincing her to let him help is a lot easier than persuading her that maybe they deserve a second chance. Will he get an answer from her or will she be taken from him forever?

You can read an excerpt at http://www.aliyah-burke.com/books/singles/thelieutenantsexwife.htm.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Aliyah: What age? Wow, well college. I have papers from middle school saying how much I hated to write. That has since changed dramatically. My first story was published via Author House, so there was no “call” so-to-speak. But the first time I held the book in my hands this feelin’ was unbelievable. I still can’t explain it but each book out is a thrill for me.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Aliyah: Not unless you count writing grants or bids writing. No novelists other than me in the family.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Aliyah: The men speak up and demand. I aruge for a few then cave in and do what they tell me. I’ve plotted one story in my life and that didn’t turn out well. My hero laughed at me and took me in a totally different direction. I have since learned to go with the flow.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Aliyah: I am a total sap for a happily ever after. Real life can be difficult, to say the least, on a daily basis. I love being able to go to a place that I know, no matter what the twists and turns which may be experienced I know at the end their will be a HEA.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Aliyah: I have a hard time with word count. I struggle with shorter stories, it’s much easier for me to write an 80-100k story than it is a 10-15k one. The easiest…wow, okay, not sure. It varies from story to story.

Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Aliyah: I love getting emails from readers who tell me that they were touched by my stories. That their bad day was offset by picking up one of my books. That, is an amazing feeling.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Aliyah: Oh yes. They are always there. They haunt me, stalk me, ne’er let me forget they’re around and I’m probably not working on them as fast as I should be.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?
Aliyah: A lot of people have inspired me as an author, it wouldn’t be easy to pick say one over the others. My parents though always encouraged me to follow my heart.

Jen: Do you do anything special to celebrate a sale, new contract, or release?
Aliyah: I may go out to eat, a movie, or sit down and read a book. There’s no ritual that I go through since my mind is usually already on the next story.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Aliyah: There are a few more series that I’m trying to finish up before starting anything new…but…with me that’s always a gamble. New ideas and stories seem to pop up out of the blue.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Aliyah: I can be reached: sakima111@yahoo.com, aliyah_burke@hotmail.com, www.aliyah-burke.com, www.satinnotes.com (a free read site I am part of with two other authors, Ms. Taige Crenshaw and Ms. McKenna Jeffries), www.myspace.com/aliyahburke

I’m also on facebook, goodreads, manic readers, & I’m sure some other places I have forgotten to mention.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Aliyah: Yes. I know personally as a reader what it is about other books that draw me to them, but what is it for y’all? Covers? Blurbs? Recommendations? What is it about a book, especially if it’s a new author for you, that makes you decide to purchase it?

Jen: Readers, Aliyah is giving away a pdf of any book off her available now page (except: Coming Together Anthology, Camouflaged Hearts Anthology, Love Under the Endless African Sky—since those are for charity). Due to the content of her books, the winner must be over the age of 18. To enter the contest, first you need to leave a comment or question for Aliyah. Then to finish, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to contests.bookblog@gmail.com. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 1.