Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Alexa. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Thanks for having me! Well, I’m a teacher by day and a romance writer by night, weekends and all school holidays. Most of my stories are either romantic suspense or contemporary romance. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I love to travel and put local culture into my stories. My friends and family might say I’m stubborn and hard-headed, but I prefer to think of it as determined.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Usually, music. I love choosing a “soundtrack” for each of my books.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Apparently, according to my mother, I was already writing stories when I was six. I would handwrite them on loose leaf paper and then put ribbon in the holes to tie the pages together.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
He has to have a good heart. Yes, he’s got flaws (and some more than others), but he has to be willing to do the right thing and see justice done. He has to be gentle with those around him and be willing to step in to protect someone being hurt. He has to love fiercely, too.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
That’s like trying to choose a favorite child! I’d have to say it’s the couple from Fractured Paradise, my second novella. Rachel and Aidan are still so close to my heart. They both want a cottage, for different reasons, and as they “fight” for it, they also find themselves drawn to each other. They both need healing and they are instrumental in healing each other.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
The suspense is easy. Sex is hard for me to write because it’s such an intimate and emotional act. Making the characters as vulnerable as they are during sex is a huge challenge for me.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Well, I say that Diana Gabaldon influenced me first because I was so drawn into her characters. After reading Outlander I knew I wanted to work toward writing characters that readers fell in love with as much as I fell in love with her hero. Suzanne Brockmann also influenced me. I loved how she wrote the male point of view. And Laura Griffin influences me now because I feel she has the perfect balance of romance and suspense in her books.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Oh come on. I’m not the type to kiss and tell!
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I love the kick-ass heroine who needs a little help and guidance.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Ugh. A double date with a friend and her boyfriend. It was a blind date for me and it was clear right from the start that they guy and I were NOT right for each other.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, and Paul Walker. Oh, do you mean THINGS? Then books, notebooks and pens/pencils. (I handwrite all my rough drafts first.)
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”? Besides Hemsworth Damon and Walker that is!
Peanut M & Ms and an entire afternoon to read. Or peanut M & Ms and an entire afternoon to watch all 3 Jason Bourne movies.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
I would like to get to a point where I can work a part-time day job and spend the rest of the time writing. At the moment, I work a full-time job, a part-time job, I teach online classes, freelance as a content editor and I’m writing.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine….getting caught in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police!
LOL! Only my best friends know that and I pay them enough to keep their mouths shut!
Beverly: Oh Blackmail! *grins* They have to be good friends!
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
I’d probably be blue because it’s my favorite color and it relaxes me.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
My mom has been my biggest influence in how I perceive love. She taught me to make sure when I’m with a man that he treats me right, but she also taught me how important it is for me to love myself as well.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Well, my family and friends, of course. I’m single, so I’m still searching for my own hero!
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs?
Coffee or Tea?
Tea. All the way.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
It’s funny because I always say I like the tall, dark and handsome, but all the guys I’ve really been attracted to (and the one I fell in love with) are blond and buff!
Hairy chest or smooth?
Either, as long as he’s not overly hairy.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Depends on my mood.
Kinky or Sweet?
Again, depends on my mood….and my partner.
Fast or slow?
Depends on the circumstances.
Public or private?
Top or bottom?
Depends on a lot of things!
Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She is thrilled to be writing for Decadent Publishing and to have the chance to share her love of Great Britain with readers everywhere.
When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, so visit her web page, hang out at her blog, follow her on Twitter or drop her a note at Alexa@alexabourne.com!
Through the Eyes of Darkness
The International Protective Network hires the most efficient operatives to protect their clients, but what happens when those employees need to face their personal demons in order to get the job done?
A broken-down bodyguard with no confidence…an American lass with no memory…a technical analyst more confident with computers than people…a lad living in the past…a new operative with something to prove…a former soldier struggling with her war scars.
In the cozy communities of the British Isles, three couples charge through the dangers confronting them in order to find truth, justice and the love they deserve.