MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ALEXANDRIA SURE❤️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Romance. Unconventional romance but romance none the less.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
In the Pursuit of Charity is a prequel to a book I have been kicking around for a year. I do a great deal of work on the front end of my books. A portion of my prep is to conduct interviews with my main characters. During the interview of the main character, I asked why they did this really crazy risky thing and the answer led me to research a period of time ten years prior during college.
The interview led me to the ‘what and when’ of the story. I had to write the character’s history to determine the ‘who and why’.
I also discovered about halfway through writing In the Pursuit of Charity, a small part of my own life had weaved its way into the story. Actually, it hit so close to home that I had to put it in a drawer for a few months and concentrate on a different set of characters to give myself some distance. The story was better for the time I gave it to just sit and simmer.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m in love with love. Well, I am in love with the idea of love.
Both of my books have a romance element to them. There has also been a strong element of self-discovery & strength mixed in.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
HAHAHA … a lot! I interviewed several college swim and dive coaches from different schools as well as swimmers. I attended swim meets and watched many many many swimming YouTube videos. I also spent a great deal of time in coffee shops drinking coffee.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I am reluctant to call anything a series. The word ‘series’ freaks me out completely.
Was it always meant to become a series?
LOL! This is a funny question. I wrote Before Him Comes Me as a standalone. It wasn’t until my final read through, before release, that I heard Zara whispering about the rest of the story.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
First, I work full-time in management so I get home about 5:30. When I’m writing new content, I give myself about an hour to eat dinner and hangout with my dogs. I am at my laptop by 7pm and I go until a little after eleven. If I’m editing, there’s an extra hour of whining in there somewhere.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, I do have a new book in the works. The working title is Complex Deflection. More people have said they dislike the title than not so I may have to go back to the drawing board.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The main character’s names usually come as the story is becoming less foggy in my mind. I have managed to slip in some names of individuals that have made a difference in my life here and there but they are always secondary or walk on characters.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere and nowhere! Before Him Comes Me popped into my head as I was looking through pictures on Facebook. I have a short story that I’m working on for an anthology that I came up with listening to a song. People-watching is another place I get stories. I used to sit and watch people walk be and make up stories about their life. I’m strange.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing! Editing! Editing!!!!!!
I thought I was finished when I typed ‘The End’ on the first draft of Before Him Comes Me.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I LOVE BOOK TRAILERS!!!! I have a teaser for Before Him Comes Me https://youtu.be/2s2HZA2rkhc
And I was lucky enough to have the brilliant S.E. Rise create the trailer for In the Pursuit of Charity. https://youtu.be/VP3IPwSXpF0
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Returning to finish college after a ten-year break.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me, there are two great things about being an author. First, it is something that I’ve done that can’t be taken away. I wrote the words. They’re mine and they will live in the Library of Congress long after I’m gone. That’s cool as shit to me. Second, the people I’ve met have been life changing. Authors write the words but it takes a village to produce a book and I’m incredibly fortunate to have the village I have.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d like to be a hybrid author (traditional and self published) by that point. Oh, I’d like to have the Hallmark Movie Channel premiere have one of my movies featured as a ‘movie of the week.’
Have you always liked to write?
NO!! I was a reader. I never thought I could write book. It too a special person to create characters people would be interested in and I wasn’t that person. Until, I was.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Sit your butt in a chair and write. Three hundred words every day for a year is a book. The difference between wanting to write a book and actually writing a book is sacrifice. I give up my weekends and most nights to write.
Also, try not to compare yourself to others. We are all on our own path. I’m no Gina Whitney, Kristy Bromberg nor Jennifer Lassalle Edwards but I am working on being the very best Alexandria Sure that I can be.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Ummmmm … I make like thirty cents for every book I sell. I don’t write for a living. Writing is purely for pleasure at this point. I do hope someone(s) enjoys my stories but that’s about it.
I work full-time managing a department in a large law firm.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)?
Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad? I read every review multiple times. I don’t respond unless someone contacts about his or her review. I was instructed it was never a good idea to respond. I deal with negative reviews by calling my friends/fellow authors and having them talk me through it. The negative reviews I received so far (knock wood) have been the reader’s displeasure with the ending of my story. That’s just a ‘feel’ I can’t change.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
EDITING!!! It’s painful.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on a spin off from Before Him Comes Me.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Nope. But I will tell you I loved this character in my first book and it’s been fun spending time with her. Oh, I think Zara and Garrett might make a brief appearance as well.
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them? I enjoy a good love story. I guess I’m most comfortable in this genre.
Where did your love of books come from?
It came very late in life. Unlike most authors, I didn’t dream of writing books from a young age. Two things contributed to my love of books; Oprah’s book club and Fifty Shades (Shhhhh … don’t judge).
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
James Frey’s Million Little Piece and Bright Shiny Morning were both impactful books for me. His writing style showed me one didn’t have to be a Hemmingway to write.
The Giving Tree is my all-time favorite children’s book.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Well this is an impossible question to answer. Zara was my first and she talked to me through the entire process. I enjoyed writing Beth from Before Him Comes Me and JoAnne from In the Pursuit of Charity. My secondary characters tend to crack me up.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Very much depends on the scene I’m writing.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
The 75% – 90% of story is the hardest part for me to write. I start every story by writing the ending. When I reach the seventy-five percent point, I get a block every time.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write the stories that I write. So far, they’ve been unconventional. I’m hoping I am able to deliver both original and what the readers want to read. We’ll see how that goes.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
SOOOOOO many in very different ways!! I ask a lot of questions and my friends have been amazing about making time for me. My list of author friends is too vast to list as I would forget someone.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
How would you answer that question? Who is an author you pattern yourself after and why?
Kristy Bromberg. I don’t pattern myself after her BUT I do watch what she does and use it as a roadmap to success. I was a fan of hers as a readers and I watched as she made each reader a priority. In her group or at a signing, when you interact with Kristy, you have her full attention. Once I started writing, she has always taken a few minutes to answer my questions and give encouragement. She is a hugely successful and beyond busy yet she never comes a crossed as I’m a bother.
I think about that every time I meet a new author or meet a reader.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My FB profile has been reported so I am only available on my author page. (GRRRRR). I think my Instagram is the most fun but my website is best for sneak peeks and additional tidbits.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview. I really loved meeting you in Louisville, Kentucky and hope yo see you real soon❤️❤️
Are you kidding … THANK YOU for having me!!