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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Author Interview: Alexandrea Weis

Today I would love to welcome Alexandrea Weis, author of Broken Wings to my blog. Why don't you tell us a bit about yourself...

I am a nurse from New Orleans who is also a permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When I am not writing books, I am rescuing orphaned and injured wildlife. Broken Wings is my fourth novel. I have also written the Nicci Beauvoir series: To My Senses, Recovery and Sacrifice. I am married and live with a menagerie of pets in New Orleans.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I have to say no one inspired me. I started writing at the age of eight, not because of something I read or one particular person, but because I felt the desire to write. I have no idea why such an impulse came to me at that age, but it did and I have been writing ever since.

How long did it take you to write Broken Wings?
I wrote Broken Wings in about a month. When I am into a book I have to get it out as quickly as possible so the rest of my life tends to shut down. My friends have gotten used to it, but my husband is still warming up to the idea of losing his wife for a time.

"Rodney" the Raccoon from the book, Broken Wings reading his favorite book! ^-^

While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
When I was writing book III, Sacrifice, in the Nicci Beauvoir series, I went back a few times and reworked portions of the story to answer questions from the first and second books in the series. But generally, I never work out the plot. Honestly I have an idea for a story and then I just begin writing. Much of what I write comes while typing. I surprise myself sometimes by what I come up with.

You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
That’s easy, The history section! I am a lover of all things about ancient Greek, Roman and Near East history. If I had not become a nurse, I would have probably been a classical history teacher or, even better, and archeologist.

How many books in a month do you tend to read?
It depends on what I am writing. Lately I have been writing more than reading. Sometimes up to five to six books a month.

In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
In the Mary Renault trilogy on Alexander the Great, I loved the character of Alexander. I think she nailed the historical figure of Alexander of Macedon. Those books are still some of my all time favorites.

State 5 random facts about yourself.
-I am a vegetarian.
-I love to bake cookies, cakes and sweet breads and have a small seasonal business at Christmas making cookie trays for gifts.
-I am a runner.
-I am a workaholic.
-And I think squirrels are the most adorable creatures on the planet.

Your favorite Genre?
Anything historical. Romance, biography and non-fiction.

What are you currently reading?
Actually it is a technical book about caring for wildlife. I am getting ready for spring baby season in Louisiana.

What is the best book you've read?
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault. It’s an Alexander the Great thing.

Any new projects coming up?
I have just finished writing a romantic suspense novel called Acadian Waltz. It’s about family secrets, love, Cajuns, smugglers, swindlers and is set against the backdrop of the Louisiana swamps. Acadian Waltz will be out later this year. The next book about to hit bookstores in May is called The Secret Brokers and it takes Dallas August from the Nicci Beauvoir series into his own romantic suspense series. Dallas is a dealer in highly desired information and runs an organization of specialist trained in gathering secrets from the wealthy and powerful.

Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?

Broken Wings is a very special story about the healing power of animals and all that they bring into our lives. The books is about a solider home from Iraq with post traumatic stress disorder who is sent to do community service at the wildlife facility of Pamela Wells, a wildlife rehabber. Pamela rescues orphaned and injured wildlife and rehabilitates them for release back into the wild. She helps Daniel Phillips recover from his post traumatic stress disorder by teaching him how to care for the animals in her facility. The two fall in love during their time together, but there is much more with a lot of plot twists and turns thrown in that keep you guessing if these two broken souls will eventually find happiness together. I wanted to write something about rehabbing wildlife to not only show the public what we do as rehabbers, but to also highlight the amazing healing power of animals in our everyday lives. This is a very special book for me. It allowed me to put my devotion and adoration for all animals into words. If you love animals, love helping animals, or just want to read a touching story about how love can overcome all obstacles and disabilities, pick up Broken Wings. It really is a touching and heartfelt story.

Where you can find author Alexandea Weis:

Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Website ~ Amazon


Be sure to visit again on Thursday, April 12 for my review on Broken Wings

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