Al: You went from being a supporter of other Authors, to suddenly publishing your own work. What was your motivation? What triggered you to suddenly want to bring novels to market?
Alexis: I had always wanted to put a story to paper but I think writing for me came at the right time. I was going through some changes in my personal life, coming to terms with my true self if, you will, and with that the characters came to life in my head. I decided the best thing I could do was to give them a voice and set them free on the world. What I have learned was my characters, one in particular, had become an outlet through which I can show people that life is meant to be lived. You will struggle, even fail, but the only thing you can do is be true to yourself. I hope my books have shown that to my readers.
Al: Fantastic. What is your routine, as far as writing? I know that you work full time, and have a family...so when do you write?
Alexis: Man, the short answer is whenever I can find time. I am not someone who can sit down and just make the story come to life, I have to be 'feeling it' you know? There are times when I will not write for days, and then I will wake up early in the morning before any one else is up, and then BOOM, the story just flows. I have even been on my lunch break and pulled out the laptop, and then 2,000 words later, I am like where did that come from? The most important thing for me and writing is I have to be in the frame of mind of the characters. I need to see what they see, and be in the moment with them. Because without that...the words are meaningless.
Al: You jumped straight into a series, versus starting with stand-alones. While writing your first book, did you already know it would continue? What is your game plan going forward?
Alexis: When I started Enough Secrets, I had no intention to write a series. I was stoked to complete the first book and was happy with the way the book ended. I have to say I was prompted by the readers to take a look at the story and continuing it into a second book. I really fought the idea, and personally found the second book harder to write than the first. With Enough Secrets, I know the beginning, middle and end. I had a clear picture in my head of who was the hero and the villain. I wanted a book that when you read the final word you thought...."you have to be kidding that did not just happen." I wanted the BOOM! factor. Keeping the idea of a second book at bay, I found the characters, one in particular, kept playing over and over in my head, and I knew that they deserved closure. So say hello to book 2. LOL Book 2 in the series is the final book...promise, and I feel it is a stronger, more intricate story.
My plans going forward are definitely to write more...I have a standalone in my head that I can't wait to dig into, but honestly I have no time frame yet. Personally I would love to see Enough Secrets as a movie because as a film lover I think it would transfer from the written page to the screen well...but hey I may be biased. LOL
Al: Last question...What's for dinner tonight in the Riddley residence?
Alexis: Well seeing as how I am domestically challenged. Lol. Tonight is grill pork chops, mashed taters, salad if I'm feeling frisky and a veggie. That is if all goes well and I don't burn something.