Friday, March 22, 2013

Meet Author Alexandra Anthony


I have a real treat for my readers. Author Alexandra Anthony has agreed to join my blog today. Wait until you read her yummy characters. I have a special thing for vamps, as you know. Hers are next on my TBR list. The covers alone burn up my computer screen. So, without any further delay, welcome Alexandra. 

What genres do you write and why? Anything interesting about how you got started?
I write in the paranormal romance genre…however, my books tend to be a little on the erotic side.  I enjoy the paranormal, especially vampires so I was drawn to write about them.  I started writing professionally after a serious health situation in 2011.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I decided I wasn’t going to put off doing what I’ve always wanted to do.
Do you like writing in series, or single?
I’m writing only series books right now.  I’ve created characters that I love and I enjoy watching their story play out in a series. 
Did you get “the call” or did you get the call to “go Indie?"
I guess I got the call to “go Indie”.  Since my heat level of writing is a tad on the hot side, it’s easier to self-publish and write what I want to write.  I think every Indie author is waiting on “the call” though.
Who is your favorite character you've created? Why? 
That would have to be Stefan.  He’s my hero in The Vampire Destiny Series.  He’s a wonderful mix of sexy and domineering, charm and sass.  He may be tough when he needs to be, but his love for Josephine never wavers.  He is such an interesting character to write and I enjoy his sense of humor and outlook on life.
Do you find it easier to write the bad boys or the good boys? I'm assuming both are heroic, but which ones are more fun to write?
I think both are easy to write.  I enjoy mixing it up and making my heroes a little of both.  What I find the biggest challenge is making sure if I do have a villain, I want readers to dislike him/her.
What about the heroines? Do you find it easiest to write the bad girls or the good girls?
I think it’s easier to write a good girl.  I’ve just now developing a character into a “bad” girl, so we’ll see how that goes.
If you could have a date with one of your characters, which one would it be and why? Where would you go?
Stefan.  And to be honest, I’m not sure if we’d ever make it out on a date!
Pretend you have just sold your 100,000th copy of one of your books. What will you do to celebrate?
I would probably uncork a good bottle of champagne and keep on writing!  I’m so appreciative of all of my readers, fans and supporters that I’d want to find a way to celebrate it with all of them!
Tell us something about you that most people wouldn't know or guess about you?
I play piano (thanks Mom for 12 years of torturous lessons).
Who are your favorite authors/books?
Anne Rice, Daphne du Maurier, Stephen King, John Grisham, Charlaine Harris…I like a variety of books and authors!
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the release of Tempted, the first book in The Dark Hart Chronicles.  I’m also working on the fourth book The Vampire Destiny Series, Ascend.
I’m going to share an excerpt from Awakening (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 3)
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Moving from my perch on the stool, I crossed the room and fell into the expanse of his lap.  He held me close, his chin resting on the top of my head.  His thoughts were heavy, as was his mood.  Stefan had been troubled since we’d returned to New York from Bali.  He was much more experienced at shielding his thoughts from me, but his emotions were more difficult for him to disguise due to our newly formed bond.

Letting my fingernails run over his muscular arms, I nuzzled my nose against his neck.  “Please talk to me, Stefan.  Tell me what’s been bothering you for two days.”

He released yet another sigh.  His voice sounded detached and soft when he finally began to talk.  "Changing Anna had made me remember the day I awoke as a vampire.  My human memories and attachments were muddled, yet I clearly remembered dying at Solveig's hands.  The fear of feeling my life slip away was horrifying.  It was the second time in my life I felt helpless."

"I can't imagine you ever being helpless," I murmured.  It was true.  He was so strong and vital, imagining him weak and defenseless was difficult for me to fathom.  It didn’t help hearing the mere mention of his maker’s name.  Solveig been dead for more than 700 years, yet she was like an invisible wedge between us.  Stefan had loved her once.  More than likely, there was a part of him that always would.

He barked out a soft laugh, his cynical smile making his face look harsh.  "I was dying and was no match for Solveig.  I was angry with her.  I felt as if I was supposed to die a human death.  My own miscalculations cost me my life.  As a warrior, I had been defeated and I was willing to accept death.  I fought and I lost.  Dying was my punishment for my mistakes.  When Solveig found me, she quickly recognized my ability and chose a different kind of death for me."  Stefan paused, his deep voice becoming stronger.  "Lukas lay dying when I offered this life to him.  I was never able to offer Anna the choice, to give her the opportunity to decide if she wanted immortality.  As a vampire, I made an oath to myself that I would never change a human without their consent.  I vowed that I would never become like my maker.  Yet here I sit with you, waiting for my unwilling child to rise.  I am preparing for her anger, her confusion and pain once she realizes what she has lost because of our decisions.  You must be ready for it as well, vackra.  She may be angry and resentful.  She will never have children.  She will live a life in the shadows, pretending to fit in while watching the world pass by."
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About the Author
Alexandra lives in the Midwest. She is currently writing two paranormal, erotic romance series: The Vampire Destiny Series and The Dark Hart Chronicles when she isn’t chasing down things that go bump in the night.



Twitter   @AlexAnthony80






Amazon Links Buy Links



Ascend (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 4) COMING SPRING 2013

Tempted (The Dark Hart Chronicles Book 1) COMING APRIL 2013

Barnes & Noble Links Buy Links



Ascend (The Vampire Destiny Series Book 4) COMING SPRING 2013

Tempted (The Dark Hart Chronicles Book 1) COMING APRIL 2013


You and I could be sisters, Alexandra. I've loved the dark side, and I can't wait to cuddle up to your books. Taking a vacation in two weeks, and I'm going to seriously study me some alpha vamps. 

Thanks again. ONE LUCKY READER WILL GET A GIFTED COPY OF ANY ONE OF ALEXANDRA'S BOOKS, COURTESY OF ME. Make sure to leave your email address.

Sharon

14 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed the interview ladies and the excerpt too. Wish Alexandra all the best with all her books

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    1. Thanks, Julie. One of the great things about having a blog is meeting new authors and enjoying their "twist" on the same genres. I agree, her books sound wonderful.

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  2. Always lovely to meet new authors, great interview Sharon and alexandra

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    1. Thanks, Kath. I don't think you'll be disappointed...

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Kath!

      Alexandra

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  3. Loved the interview. You both are such great authors and friends! I love both your series on vampires, of course. Can't wait to experience the new series, Alexandra. Best of luck to you both!

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    1. Thanks, Ally. I agree, Alexandra's vamps are certainly going to keep me entertained. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Thanks for all of your support, Ally!

      Alexandra

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  4. I love Alexandra Anthony's books. The only downside is that we just want her to write faster! Seriously, I can't wait for ascend and Tempted to be released.

    She is an amazing author and she is wonderful to her fans. Thank you for posting her interview!

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    1. Tami,

      Thanks-I happen to have pretty wonderful fans too!

      Alexandra

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  5. Great interview. I would love to read her books. bluepooh1@hotmail.com

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  6. I love the excerpt, Alexandra. You can really get into your characters heads. Great job!

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