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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Meet Alexa Grace



I'd like you all to meet author Alexa Grace. I met Alexa through that marvelous online group I've mentioned before, Authors Helping Authors. She is very supportive of fellow authors.

Welcome, Alexa. Please tell us a little about yourself.

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 is Deadly Deception. The third book is Deadly Relations, now available on Amazon.

Love that support team. LOL When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I've wanted to be a writer since I was a small child. 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 devoted myself 100% to raising my daughter and 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.

How do you come up with ideas?

I have always had a vivid imagination. I think of a possible plot then play the "what if game" with myself.

What do you enjoy most about 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.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I treat my writing as a job. I work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Although, I'd love to spend all that time writing, I spend at least two hours a day marketing my books.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

Although each of my books can stand on their own, you might start with Deadly Offerings because is the first book of my Deadly Trilogy.  Deadly Offerings will give you a good introduction to the characters of the three books as well as my writing style.

I agree, it does. What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?

After reading one of my books, I want my readers to say, "Wow, that book was so good I couldn't put it down!"

I just started reading Deadly Offerings and, unfortunately for my own writing, it is very hard to put down. LOL When you're taking a break from your own writing, what authors would we find you reading?

I'm an avid reader of romantic suspense and there are many authors in this genre who have my respect. My current favorite authors are Allison Brennan, Christy Reece, Karen Robards, Laura Griffin and the prolific Nora Roberts. Each of these talented women is an expert at spinning an exciting tale around believable and loveable characters.

Tell us about your latest book.

Deadly Relations is a romantic suspense that is the third book of the Deadly Trilogy and was just published.

In Deadly Relations, 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 has a rage to kill he can't control.

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.

That definitely sounds intriguing. Where can readers find your books?

Deadly Offerings:
Kindle:  amzn.com/B006QD261G 

Deadly Deception:

Deadly Relations:

Lastly, where can readers find you?

Email:  Alexagrace@cfl.rr.com

Thanks so much for being here today, Alexa. All the best with Deadly Relations.

12 comments:

  1. I have read all 3 books in the deadly trilogy and loved each one of them! Alexa Grace has a way of holding your attention to a point where it is really hard to put down! The plot in all 3 books is thrilling but also has a love story as well! All 3 are definetly worth the time!
    allysonbrann06@yahoo.com

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  2. I read through all 3 books in no time; then I reread the last one, Deadly Relations, because I was hooked on Blake – he is the perfect hero. I highly recommend this book, the whole series in fact, to anyone who enjoys suspense, thrill and hot romance thrown in.

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  3. You're a new author to me & I'm looking forward to reading this series. Leann leamei1981@yahoo.com

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  4. That's so wonderful you were able to turn a difficult situation into an opportunity to realize your dreams Alexa.

    And congrats on being named one of the top 100 indie authors. That's pretty awesome!

    ~Anna

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  5. Wow! What an amazing story! You are truly an inspiration to me. I love all three of the books and can't wait for the next one. :)

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  6. Incredible story, Alexa!! I'm a believer that things happen for a reason, all we have to do is take that first step through the door and it sounds like you did! Congrats! Can't wait to read your books! Love the covers!

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  7. Great interview, Alexa and Diane! I think it's great that you're finally able to live your dream, Alexa.

    Congrats on your latest release!
    Jessica

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  8. I have read all 3 of the Deadly books and I can honestly say they are FANTASTIC!!! Can't wait to see what Alexa has next in store for us!

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  9. I have to say that I love all three books. I got Deadly Offerings because it was a freebie on kindle. I read it and feel in love it!

    It became the book I couldn't put down! I was quickly looking up the author, and her other books. I was thankful that I had found it at a point in time when Deadly Deception was already out and Deadly Relations was coming soon as I would not have wanted to wait any longer to find out the rest of the story!

    I recommend all three to all of my friends!

    It clearly shows in her writing that Alexa is living her dream job...and it is wonderful! I am glad she was able to have the opportunity and bring such wonderful characters to us all!

    Amanda

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  10. I have really enjoyed the first 2 books in this trilogy! I need to read book 3. I am a little behind in my reading. Kids keep getting in the way.

    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  11. Great interview, Ladies.

    I too was downsized, but after thirty years. Came to see that event as an incredible gift to allow me, like both of you, to pursue my true dream. Best of luck, everyone.

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  12. Keep your eye on Alexa Grace!

    I believe she is very much an up and coming author from whom we will hear much. Her writing is easy to read, with touches of humor, and she has well developed plots that keeps you guessing "who done it" until the end. You appreciate being given the opportunity to go along for the ride.

    Looking forward to much more from Ms. Grace.

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