CONNECTIONS

For me, reading romances is all about making emotional connections. Between me as the reader and the characters in the book. Between me and the writer who created the story. And when I am that writer, between me and the people who fall in love with the worlds I build with my words.

I’ve been an avid reader my entire life and have always enjoyed a wide variety of books. Having said that, though, it wasn’t until I discovered the romance genre that I found books that really resonated with me. When I read, I want to care about the characters in the story from the moment I meet them. And with the best books, I think about those characters for long after I’ve turned the last page.

Romances can be set in any time period, in the real world or one that was created in the fertile ground of a writer’s imagination. I love contemporaries, historicals, fantasy, sci-fi, and everything in between. A romance can play out across the pages of a short story, a novella, or in a full length book. Regardless of length, the one thing they all have in common is the full gamut of powerful emotions that drive the story. From the moment the hero and heroine appear on the page, I want to share their pain as much as I want to celebrate their joy. When that happens, the book ends up on my “Keeper Shelf” so I can enjoy that amazing journey again and again.

Maybe it’s because I’m a writer myself, but I love words and the way a great writer weaves them together in her own unique way to draw the reader into her world. Seriously, I truly enjoy when I read a phrase or sentence in a book and stop simply to admire the prose, thinking to myself all the while that I wished I’d written it myself. It’s even better when those same words make me laugh or cry. The incredible power of words to leap off the page to engage me in the story never ceases to amaze me.

And finally, I love it when my own stories touch someone’s heart. I can’t tell you what it meant to me when a reader told me that my books helped her get through the emotional turmoil following 9/11. Or when a mother and her daughter stopped by at a book signing to tell me that they had shared my books when the mother was undergoing chemotherapy. Getting lost in my fictional world helped them deal with what they were going through in their real world. I hugged them both.

So as I said, I love reading romances because they are all about those magical connections, not just between the hero and heroine, but between all of us who get to share their world for a while.

 

Questions:

1. Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I think the most daring, far-reaching thing I’ve ever done was attend my very first writers’ conference. It was held in the Pacific Northwest at a local university. It was the first time I ever spoke with an agent about possible representation and hung out with an editor to whom I had recently submitted a completed manuscript. This was a huge step for me and definitely out of my comfort zone at the time. What an amazing experience, though! I got to spend four days with a whole bunch folks who actually understood my dream of becoming a published author.

2. Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.

I met my first published author at a barbecue more than twenty-five years ago. Her name is Janice Kay Johnson and we instantly developed a close friendship. As time went on, Janice shared her love of reading and writing romances with me, and I quickly became fascinated by what she was doing. When I got so daring as to make suggestions for possible stories for her to use in her books, she pointed out that I was an English major and read incessantly, and that I should write my own darn books. With her help, I did just that. Today we still brainstorm ideas together and support each other through all the ups and downs of this business.

3. Tell us about The Book That Changed Your Life.

If I had to pick the book that most directly influenced my career, I would have to pick MIDNIGHT RAINBOW by Linda Howard, which was originally published in 1986. Even now, over twenty-five years later, I can still picture scenes from that book in my head. Grant Sullivan was an amazing character, one who personifies the wounded-soul warrior hero that I really love. I read the book a couple of years before I actually started to write myself, but it definitely helped clarify for me the kind of characters and powerful emotions I wanted in my own books.

Recommendation:
Janice Kay Johnson is a USA best-selling author with over eighty books in print. Her books are always about family, often with a strong suspense theme, and full of powerful emotions. She recently released SHROUD OF FOG, the first book in her new Cape Trouble series. You can check out all of her books at www.janicekayjohnson.com.

Biography:
USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of more than thirty books, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and most recently, contemporary romance. Alexis has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre.

Her latest releases are A REASON TO LOVE, part of her Snowberry Creek series, and HONOR’S PRICE, the third book in her Warriors of the Mist trilogy.

 

alexis morgan's current book release

 

All
roads
lead home in
Snowberry Creek…

alexis morgan's a reason to love

A REASON TO LOVE
Snowberry Creek, Book 3
ISBN-13: 978-045141773-2
ASIN: B00FX7UMPI
May 2014
Signet Eclipse

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