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Friday, 7 June 2013

Playing 20 Questions with Alexa Bourne

EM: Welcome to My World, Alexa. Thank you so much for stopping by to play twenty questions with me. :-)

Before we begin, could you tell us a little about yourself?

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 and I’m thrilled to have the chance to share my love of Great Britain with readers everywhere.

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.

EM: Are you ready to play 20 questions? *rubs hands together*

AB: Yes, I am! Ask away!

Which do you find harder to write?

1. First person POV or Third?
1st person

2. As a male or female?
As a male. Men are so complicated!

3. Beginning, middle or end of the story?
Ugh. Middle. Talk about sagging!

4. Fight scenes or smex scenes?
Smex. It’s such a private, intimate activity and I have a hard time writing it for the world.

5. Synopsis or blurb?
Actually, it depends on the story. I used to HATE writing synopses, but I figured out a method that works for me. Most of the time. And when the story has basically written itself, the blurb is easy to write.

As a writer, do you prefer:

6. Writing in the morning, afternoon or evening?
Evening. I’m SOOOOOO not a morning person!

EM: I'm right there with you. I hate getting out of bed lol

7. Writing with music, or in peace?
I love music. I often have a soundtrack for each story. Occasionally I’ll need silence if I’m having a really hard time with a scene, but all the other time I’ve got music playing.

8. Planning, or Improvising?
Improvising. I get bored if I plan too much.

9. Juggling a few projects, or concentrating on one at a time?
I used to like to work on one project at a time. Now that I’m published I find I HAVE to juggle more.

10. Sticking to one genre, or exploring many?
I’m exploring a few.

As a reader, do you prefer:

11. Story being told from female view or male?
I don’t really care as long as it’s a GOOD story.

12. Good guys or bad boys?
The good guys that everyone thinks are bad guys.

13. Feisty females or fragile damsels?
Feisty females. I can’t stand the damsels. I don’t mind if a female can’t do certain things, but she at least has to have enough sense to try to help her situation.

EM: I don't mind damsels as long as they surprise themselves and the hero by stepping up and helping out at some point in the story.

14. Stand alone stories or series?

15. Quick reads or long stories?
Both. It depends on what’s going on in my real world.

16. Romance as a side dish or the main course?
Both. It just depends on my mood.

17. Erotica or soft romance or something in-between?
Again, it depends on my mood.

18. More action or humor?
Action. I’m not really a fan of too much comedy.

Just for fun:

19. Vampires or Angels?

20. Werewolves or Demons?
Um….neither. I know, I know. There are probably a bunch of readers with their mouths dropped open and ready to have my hide. I’m sorry. I just don’t like either and I don’t read books with those characters.

What are you currently working on?
I’ve just submitted my third Tease story set in Scotland. (A contemporary.) Keep your fingers crossed my publisher wants it!

EM: *crosses fingers* Although, I'm sure they will, hun. :-)

Do you have any current release?
Yes! This week I’m celebrating the release of my first Tease story, Carry Me Home. It’s a contemporary romance set in Scotland.


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 do you want, Jamie?” She’d not get caught up in his soulful amber eyes. No, she would not.

“You’ve had your bit of fun, but I want you to come home.” He tilted his head to one side and drifted his fingertips along her bare arm.

She yanked away. “I’ve come to get my papers from you, to say good-bye to those I love, and to move on with my life.” She stepped around him and continued down the path to the center of Glenhalish. “I’ll be at the Kierlain House until Sunday. Please bring the forms and leave them with the front office.”

“I don’t have them.” He nearly shouted with glee. “I tossed them out.”

“I thought you might say that.” Smiling on the heels of another small victory, she fished through her handbag and pulled out another copy of the divorce papers. She’d come armed with a half-dozen copies just in case he chose to be difficult. She strode back to him with her chin held high and slapped the papers against his chest. “Here.”

Jamie stared at the lass’s fine arse strutting away from him. Her hair had been cut, straightened and the summer dress with the flowery print accentuated all the curves he’d fallen for so many years ago, the curves he knew so intimately. And those heels, for the love of St. Bridget, Mary hadn’t worn high heels like that since she left school. They’d brought her closer to his height, yet she still only reached his shoulders.

She’d left Glenhalish in January, a cold, distant housewife, and come back this alluring woman. For a moment, panic set inside his gut. He’d intended to convince her to come home so they could face their grief and move on together, but seeing how much happier, sexier, and sophisticated she was, perhaps Edinburgh was good for her, better than he could be.

But he wanted her back, wanted to get through this rough patch they’d strayed onto after the lad’s death, and return to the partnership they’d shared since primary school. They had too many years left. She couldn’t leave him. He wouldn’t survive without her.

The lass may have plans to leave him forever, but Jamie MacDougall wouldn’t give her up without a fight.

Where can readers find you on the internet?

Twitter: @AlexaBourne

EM: Thank you so much for joining me!

AB: Thanks for having me!

1 comment:

  1. Fun interview

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