An Interview With… Alexis Abbott

After quite a bit of stalking, Alexis Abbott finally agreed to chat with Beth, our editor, (who happens to be a major Alexis Abbott fan-girl). Hopefully Alexis has been seen since the interview and Beth hasn’t tried to recreate any Stephen King novels…

Beth:
Thank you so much Alexis for agreeing to be interviewed for BrazenBookshelf. I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about interviewing a best-selling Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon All-Star author.

How did you become the best-selling author that I’m with today? Where did it all start?

Alexis:

Grade 2! I have my little self-published novels where I did it all myself. I designed the cover, the description, illustrated them and wrote them! The only thing I had help with was the spelling. I’m still a terrible speller.

Beth:
I love that you’ve always wanted to write, and started as an Indie Writer, embracing all the aspects that involved, from a very young age. I wouldn’t worry about the spelling… then again I’m not a great speller either.

What’s a typical day for you now as an author?

Alexis:
I’m a full-time author now and have been since 2014, but there’s no typical day. I’m a slower publisher than some, so each book takes me a month or two to write, then another month or so to publish and get all the marketing and editing and graphic design work done.

My husband and I work together, along with our little bunny, Puddy. We have an office filled with our books and things that motivate us.

Beth:
Do those things that motivate you help inspire the stories you create? What about the story lines?

Alexis:
I like to have a nice, dark rum — straight — when I’m writing. It’s just enough to get me relaxed, and into the mood. I usually opt for Havana Club 7 Year Rum. I had it for the first time on my very first vacation as an adult, and fell in love.

I try not to eat at my desk when I’m writing (that’s saved for release week!).

I do sometimes listen to music. A nice classical instrumental soundtrack for regular writing, but then I go into sexy pop or rock to write the smutty scenes! They really help set the tone of the story!

Beth:
And what about influences? Are your characters or story lines inspired by real life?

Alexis:
I think every author is influenced by those around them, to a degree. But there’s never a character who’s like “Oh, that’s Suzy, I used to go to school with her.” Just snippets of their personality, of little things that add flare to the character.

I like to write anything that’s beautiful and a bit gritty! I love being able to see the brightness and optimism, even through the darkness. I’ve loved true crime romances and mafia movies since I was young, and those have really shaped the type of stories I enjoy writing now.

Beth:
That definitely comes across in your bad boys.

Alexis:
Thank you! I love bad boys who are protective and gentle with their partners. I don’t like any book that seems abusive, and I don’t write alpha-holes. I think what makes a real alpha is his ability to protect and care for those in his life, especially those who aren’t used to his criminal background.

For my female characters, I like having them be strong, and not just in the typical sense. My girls make my boys better men. More complete men. More compassionate and thoughtful men.

I really love how my characters grow together, and become the soulmate the other needs. That usually means the men grow more compassionate, and the women grow more confident.

Beth:
What, for you, is the one best thing about being an author?

Alexis:
Being able to make people’s lives happier and more hopeful. I love hearing from fans who tell me my stories helped rekindle a relationship, or gave them strength during a difficult time, or helped distract them from a pain or a loss in their life. It’s so rewarding to feel like I’m bringing light into a world that often seems so dark.

Beth:
Are you writing anything at the minute?

Alexis:
I’m finishing up this current series at the moment, with plans for a personal story set on my home island!

My upcoming release is the first in a trilogy. It’s my first time doing a series like this for my contemporary novels. Bound for Life is currently available everywhere!

Beth:
When you finish up a book, do you have a particular thing you do to celebrate?

Alexis:
Some sparkling wine and a fancy dinner with my husband, usually!

Beth:
That sounds fantastic! It’s a huge milestone to get to “The End.”

Are you a fast writer?

Alexis:
I think I’m middle of the road. It really depends on how I feel, and what’s motivating me, and what else is going on in my life. I struggle with some mental illnesses, and I guess that’s like my writer’s block. If I’m having a bad day or a bad week, it’ll definitely take me longer to write than normal.

Beth:
I really appreciate you mentioning that. It’s so important to raise awareness about mental wellbeing. The more of us who are confident in talking about our mental health, the better.

When you’re about to start out a new book, what’s your process – follow a plan or just write and see where the story goes?

Alexis:
I used to pants it, but now I try to go into everything with a brief chapter and character breakdown. It’s easier to get through when I feel stuck.

Beth:
So, for an aspiring writer – would that be your advice? What would you say to someone right now?

Alexis:
There is no one right way. It’s going to take a lot of practice and patience to find what works for you, but keep trying new things. New genres, new ways of describing things, new times for writing, new methods of writing. Try writing at different times of the day, in different rooms, on different days of the week, until you find out when you’re most excited and productive.

Tons of people will give tons of advice, but that’s advice that’s worked for them, and might not work for you. It’s okay if conventional wisdom doesn’t apply to you.

Define your goals and what you think of as successful independent of other people’s goals.

You don’t know the full story of anyone else’s success, or anyone else’s life. You can’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!

Beth:
Where can our readers find your books?

Alexis:
I’m everywhere now! Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Google Play, Smashwords, Kobo, Excessica, Audible… everywhere!

Beth:
Great! More places and easier ways for our readers to find your books!

Where can your readers find you… (as if I’m not stalking you everywhere already)

Alexis:
[to her credit, tried not to look too freaked out]
My Social Media:
AlexaAbbottAuthor.com
My Newsletter
My FaceBook Group
My FaceBook Page
My FaceBook Profile
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Goodreads Group

Author Links:
Support me on Patreon
Follow me on Amazon
Follow me on Goodreads
Follow me on Bookbub
Follow me on Booksprout
Follow me on Riffle

Beth:
Yeah… I hadn’t got a few of those – watch out for me following you!

Alexis:
Um… ok?

Beth:
Thank you again Alexis, this really has been fun! I can’t wait for Bound for Life.

About Alexis Abbott:
Alexis Abbott is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes about bad boys protecting their girls! Pick up her books today and find yourself transported with super steamy sex, gritty suspense, and lots of romance.

She also writes as Alex Abbott for her erotic thrillers and contemporary romance.

She lives in beautiful St. John’s, NL, Canada with her amazing husband.

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