I’m a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. I also teach online classes for writers throughout the year. I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. When I’m not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, I spend my time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising.
Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
My latest book is Carry Me Home, and it will be available June 5th. Here’s the blurb for it:
After six months in the city, Mary MacDougall returns to the Scottish Highlands to finalize her divorce. Because of a past tragedy, she doubts her husband Jamie can possibly love her with the same unbridled passion as before and insists ending the marriage is best for both of them. But Jamie has other ideas….
Jamie MacDougall has no intention of letting his bonnie lass go. At least not without a fight. Aye, they’ve suffered heartache, and she may be ready to call it quits, but he refuses to throw away the partnership they’ve built since they were children. Instead, he’ll remind her they were meant to be together, forever.
Can this marriage survive pride and grief to allow love to carry them home?
What inspired you to write Carry Me Home?
The hero and heroine in this book were in my very first book as secondary characters. I knew back then they needed their story explored and shared. Luckily, my senior editor at Decadent Publishing asked me to be a part of their new Tease line. When I learned what the publisher was hoping for in the Tease books, I knew immediately that Jamie and Mary’s story belonged there.
How do you describe your writing style?
LOL! Wacky! I don’t write every day, I write almost every first draft longhand, and I write scene by scene and then connect them in a later draft. Writing in chronological order bores me.
When writing who is in charge you or your characters? How do you deal with bossy characters?
The characters are DEFINITELY in charge. They stop talking to me if I try to take control. I learned that the hard way.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
I find the balance between writing and promotion to be extremely difficult to control.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
When I let the characters rule the pages, they say and do things that I never would have thought for them. For example, I can remember one time when I was writing a scene in an early book and I gasped and said, “I can’t believe he just said that to her!”
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Be open to constructive criticism and be willing to make changes you might not want to make to your manuscript.
Now for a fun question, what is in your TBR pile?
Laura Scott’s Undercover Cowboy, David Baldacci’s One Summer, Jan Hudson’s The Right Moves, Cat Schield’s A Tricky Proposition, Alexander Dumas’ The Man in the Iron Mask, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, John Hart’s The King of Lies….I could go on and on and on……
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was your family and friends supportive?
I think in some ways I’ve always known. My mom recently gave me a picture of when I was a teenager of me writing in my grandparents’ house. She also told me when I was about 6 or 7 I wrote a story on loose leaf paper and put ribbons through the holes to keep the pages together. My family and friends have always been supportive, with my friends sending me inspirational packages, promoting me online, giving me a swift kick in the arse if I’m not writing.
Who (if anyone) has been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
My best friends Nancy and Kelli, have been the most instrumental. They are supportive and always have been. They keep me focused on the end product and don’t let me wallow in any misery or get sidetracked. They remind me what my ultimate goal is: to write full-time.
What are you currently working on? Anything you can share regarding your current Work in Progress?
My current Work in Progress is a new romantic suspense novella for the Decadent Publishing Honor Guard line. My first 3 books are Honor Guard stories revolving around a fictional bodyguard agency called the International Protective Network, or IPN. My current WIP is a story set in Mexico with a woman who overhears something in Spanish and is then hunted by the criminals, but she doesn’t speak the language so she doesn’t know what she heard. I’m having so much fun with it!
Thank you so much for having me!
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- Website: www.alexabourne.com
- Blog: http://alexabourne.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @AlexaBourne
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- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5818611.Alexa_Bourne
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