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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

GUEST: A.K. Alexander

A.K. Alexander

I started writing when I was nine-years-old. I used to write short stories on my dad’s notepads. One day he read one and he said to me, “You are a writer.” It stuck. My dad is still my biggest supporter and he is also my mentor in many ways. I went to college at The University of Southern California. My parents though didn’t think that “creative writing” at USC was a major that would likely be lucrative in the long run, so I figured I would be logical and look at writing in the journalistic field. God (the Universe), etc. had a different plan for me. Soon after I graduated from USC I gave birth to my first son. He was six weeks premature and he had some health issues, which caused me to decide that going into a career at that time would not benefit my son. So, I stayed home with him and I wrote my first book. That first book is tucked away in a box somewhere because it’s pretty darn bad, but it gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could start, write, and finish a book. From that point on, it took me twelve years to become a published author and several manuscripts. It has been a wonderful and amazing process, and although many challenges have presented themselves along the way, I have never quit writing. It is my passion!

My other passion is Horses. These amazing animals are very dear to my heart and I have been known to take in “strays.” My daughter and I are very active in the horse world. My daughter is involved in pony club and three day eventing.

I enjoy work with other writers when I can , especially kids. I designed a program for young writers to help them learn how to write short stories and picture books to writing complete novellas for older kids. I have mentored several students now and it’s a joyful experience to see young writers and their creative minds at work. It is something I am working on expanding with some local teachers in my area.

Family and friends are extremely important to me. I am the proud mother of three amazing kids who have always supported me and are just great, awesome human beings (yes, I know I sound like every mother in the world about their kids, but I really mean it). My husband is my best friend and a very patient man, which is a real positive—he is married to a writer after all. We also have three dogs, a kitty, and eight horses.

When not writing, riding, or being a taxi-cab driver for my youngest, I try to find time to do a little yoga, meditate or cooking. I love cookbooks and cooking!

A.K.’s recent release is Daddy’s Home.

You can visit her website at www.michelescott.com/books/ak-alexander.

About Daddy’s Home

A KILLER STALKS HIS PREY…
A calculating and deadly killer is in search for what he terms as his perfect family. Preying upon single mothers and their innocent children, the police have dubbed him “The Family Man.”

HE WATCHES THEM…HE TAKES THEM…
He plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don’t go so perfect in his insane fantasy world, the family man kills.

HOLLY JENNINGS IS ON THE CASE…
Crime Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Police Department is determined to track him down and see that justice is served. With Holly being a single mother herself, this man’s crimes are deeply personal to her, and turn more so when a friend and her daughter become the latest victims of “The Family Man.”

Along with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of her husband–a death she feels guilty for.

To complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan O’Neil. As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by “The Family Man,” that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear. One that may cost her gravely-her family, her new found love, and even her life.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was a kid, but as a full length fiction author for twenty years.

How long have you been a published author?

Eight years

What titles do you have available?

I have six titles in The Wine Lover’s Mysteries and eight titles under A.K. Alexander. I also have a non-fiction book, a children’s book, and a contemporary fiction book, as well as a new release out in April. I have a total of 18 titles available. You can find a complete list of books on my website at http://www.michelescott.com.

What made you choose the subject of this book?

I chose it because I was a single parent and this idea would not leave me alone. I felt compelled to write it.

Do you have any new titles coming soon? Will you be venturing into the area of fiction anytime soon?

I do have a new release out in April: THE GREY TIER: A DEAD CELEB MYSTERY

What is your favourite genre and why?

Mystery and thrillers. I enjoy the suspense and to kept a bit on edge.

What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

Writing dialogue. I love good dialogue. I love the entire process.

If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

I am co-authoring two books right now. I am doing a thriller with Andrew E. Kaufman who is also an internationally bestselling thriller author. He lives only a mile from me, writes edge of your seat thrillers and is just a super fun and great guy. I am also co-authoring a mystery with a friend of mine who has not published yet but who is a fabulous writer and has a great humorous voice, which is what this story called for. Her name is Barbara Williams and we expect to have the mystery out in the fall of 2012.

Where can readers find you on the web?

Either on my website at http://www.michelescott.com where readers can also connect with me on goodreads, facebook and twitter. Readers can also visit my blog at http://www.adventuresnwriting.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for being my guest.

Thank You for hosting me! I really appreciate it.

My new release is THE GREY TIER; A DEAD CELEB MYSTERY. Here is a little info on it: Sookie Stackhouse Meets The Ghost Whisperer

Introducing Evie Preston: Small-town girl and under-the-radar healer, currently trapped in a po-dunk Texas town but yearning for something more. When fate gives her the opportunity to move to Hollywood to follow her dreams, Evie finds herself navigating through the land of glitz and glamour, and the realm of (dead) celebrities…

Raised in Brady, Texas by her minister father and her beauty shop-owner mother, Evie has been trying get out of town for years. When an old family friend gives her an unexpected gift on her birthday, Evie finally gets the chance to start fresh out west. Against her father’s wishes, she packs up her guitar, her dog Mama Cass, and heads for California.

Once in L.A., Evie finds a singing gig at a local dive bar where she meets a slew of

interesting characters including the owner himself, a former child star with a hidden past. She also scores a day job doing make-up for a famous and foul-mouthed pop diva. One of the job perks includes house sitting at a Hollywood Hills mansion. But what Evie doesn’t know is the house is also home to some famous celebrity spirits, including that of former Grunge rocker, Lucas Minx.

As if things weren’t complicated enough, Evie finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery and discovers she’s being targeted by some nasty spirits. And to top things off, she’s developed a Texas-sized crush on her hot, but very dead, roommate, Lucas.

Maybe her dad was right and the City of Angels really is the City of Devilsall of them after her.


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting A.K. today, Denyse!

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