Interview & Contest: Katie Alexander

Jen: We are excited to have Katie Alexander as our guest today. Katie, will you please share a short bio with us?

Katie: Katie Alexander has loved the written word since she was a small child. It started with reading the back of her Fruit Loops cereal box at breakfast and progressed to pretending to be sick so she could stay home from high school to finish a tawdry romance. Now that she’s older and hopefully wiser she still reads romance, but now Katie has taken the next step and wrote her own romance with writing partner Kelli Lee Mosley at her side. It took three years to finish, but between Katie and Kelli, Another Chance became a reality.

Jen: Tell us about Another Chance and where is can be purchased.

Katie: Megan Mason had a fabulous family, a wonderful husband, amazing friends, a great job and a beautiful home. All she needed was a baby to make her life complete. Little did she know, however, that asking her husband for a child would end her marriage. Suffering the ultimate betrayal, Megan returns to her childhood home to rebuild her life.

Grayson Burke had it all. His family’s construction company, a financially sound business, was booming. He loved his job and better yet, he worked with two of his best friends. To an outsider looking in, Grayson’s life probably seemed perfect. But in reality, Grayson’s dream woman wasn’t only married to someone else, she was his buddies little sister which meant she was untouchable in every sense of the word. When Grayson learns that Megan is headed home, everything in his world seems to flip upside down. There’s no way he could ever approach a woman whose life has been destroyed. Right? And besides, his friends would kill him. Wouldn’t they?

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Katie: I would have to say that I fell in love with writing at an early age. I remember sitting in class and everyone having a fit about writing English papers. I loved it and kept writing even after the time was up.

My first manuscript was picked up last year and it will be published in June of this year. I am still very excited about it and I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I am not dreaming.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Katie: comical, romance, heartfelt

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Katie: I think I am a little bit of both. My writing partner and I plot what we want to write for our characters and then we break up and pretty much write what we are feeling. It never works out the way we envision it. I guess that is a good thing. lol

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Katie: Well, I only have one story out but I think the one thing that I want is to always have them end happily. Life doesn’t always give you the Happily Ever After. I want to make sure that a reader can have just that while reading my book or hopefully books. Books are a break from reality, right?

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Katie: I would love to write in the paranormal genre. I have always loved to read it and I have so many ideas going through my head that may or may not work but I would love to give it a try. How could you not like paranormal because you can make up any type of character and places because they only exist in your head so you can’t get them wrong. I think I would stay away from the science fiction genre. I just don’t think that I could do it justice.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?

Katie: I really didn’t have to do very much research. I based the city of Midnight in Another Chance to a small town in Idaho. It is so small that it didn’t have a stop light and if you stood in the middle of town you could look at both ends of town. Everyone knew your business and I miss it. I know, weird. I also did some research on the hotel that Grayson and Megan spend a night of debauchery in but that was really it.

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Katie: My heroine is named after my daughter, Megan. Judith McNaught did the same thing with her first release and since she is one of the reasons I found my writing partner I thought it would be a good fit. It was just hard to write the love scenes with her name. *cringe* My heroes name was a tough one because it had to be just right. It took a while or I should say a few months but Grayson finally got his name. The poor guy had an identity crisis from the very beginning.

Jen: If Another Chance was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Katie: I want to say Reese Witherspoon for Megan because she can be sweet but also stubborn considering she has two older brothers she has to contend with. I am not sure if I can pick someone for Grayson because I have this picture in my head of what he looks like. The closet I can come is a cover model used for one of SammyJo Hunt’s books, A Wicked Encounter. If he was real he would be mine.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Katie: LOL When I got my contract to publish Another Chance, I took the family out to dinner and had the two best margaritas ever! When I got my cover for Another Chance my mom had the photo blown up and I will have it framed. She just used such a huge picture that I have to special order the matting.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Katie: I hope to have many more releases but if this is my one and only, I would be more than happy. I love this book and the characters. I do have a few wip’s but nothing solid as of yet.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Katie: Blog ~ http://katiealexander1.blogspot.com
Web Site ~ http://members.cox.net/katie_alexander/Index.shtml
Facebook Page ~ http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100001957442121
Publisher ~ http://www.rebelinkpress.com/
Twitter ~ @katie1alexander

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Katie: What would you consider your perfect hero? Alpha, Beta or a bit of both?

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