MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ALEX GRAYSON 🌟
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Alex Grayson and I write in several genres; romance suspense, erotica, contemporary romance, and dark romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I can’t really answer that question for my upcoming release, so I’ll answer for my last release. To be honest, Whispered Prayers developed from the cover image. I saw the image, loved it, and knew I wanted it for a cover. I just didn’t have a story yet. I saw a man in raw pain, and knew the reason behind the pain had to be monumental. The story behind why he was under the bridge (scene in the cover) was the first thing I saw in my head, and the story developed quickly after that.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I just write what I love to read. I love contemporary, erotic, dark, and suspense, so that’s what I write.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The main subjects I had to do research for was selective mutism and caring for and training horses.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have two series out. My first one is The Jaded Series (which is complete). This is my first dark series and follows different couples as they struggle with the pain of spousal abuse, loss, betrayal, heartache. There are disclaimers for each book, so if you have triggers, tread carefully.
My second series, The Consumed Series, only has two books out so far. It’s my erotica series that features different couples and their sexual addictions or vices. It’s very sexy and hot, if I do say so myself. 😉
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
In my Jaded Series, I would have to say Awaken Me is my favorite, although each holds a very special place in my heart. For the Consumed Series, I would say Bare Yourself. Tegan is just so darn sexy and his childhood is heartbreaking.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My typical day has me having a cup of coffee first thing, then getting dressed, and getting to work on my computer. Once my kids get home from school, I’m off. I write at my desk and usually don’t set a word count goal, something I really need to change.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My new book, Pitch Dark, is complete and will release September 15th. It’s a co-written book with my good friend A.M. Wilson.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
All surnames are important to me. I don’t really do research and spend hours picking out a name, but the name does have to feel right for the character. What means more to me is their nicknames. I’m big into nicknames and love to give my characters them.
Where do your ideas come from?
To be honest, they just pop in my head. Or I may see something and think… “Hmm… that would make a good story.”
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing for me is the beginning of the book. Once I’m past the first few chapters, it flows more easily.
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, but I don’t have the time to learn how to make them and they aren’t cheap to have someone else to make them for you. Lol. I only have one trailer and that’s for my very first book, Shatter Me.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Professionally, my best accomplishment is completing my first book. When I started writing Shatter Me, I never in a million years thought I would actually finish it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Letting my imagination run wild and having control over how a story plays out.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still doing what I’m doing now. Writing full-time.
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. Not in the sense of telling a story, but in the ACT of writing with pen and paper.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
To never give up, no matter how hard it gets. Always push yourself.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Work in the medical field.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read the reviews of my books, the good and the bad. If the bad contains constructive criticism, I try to improve in the areas I need to. If it doesn’t I ignore them and move on. I NEVER respond to reviews, whether they are good or bad.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Coming up with teaser quotes. I suck at them. Lol.
What are you working on now?
I’ve only gotten the first few lines of the third book in the Consumes Series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is from the third book in the Consumes Series.
I sit back in my kitchen chair I have parked in front of my window. Picking up the binoculars in my lap, I bring them to my eyes. The focus is off, so I twist the dial until it’s clear, then zoom in on the person I’m watching in the apartment across from mine. She’s walking across her apartment, leaving the living room and heading to her bedroom.
I take my eyes from her long enough to look at the clock on the stove. Right on time. Just like every Wednesday.
My body tightens in anticipation.
Once she enters her room, her hands move to her hair and she releases the long blond strands from her ponytail. She grabs the mass of curls and brings it over her shoulder before she runs her fingers through it.
My hands tighten on the binoculars with the need to have my own fingers in her hair.
Where did your love of books come from?
I loved reading as a kid; R.L. Stine, Goosebumps, Babysitter Club, Boxcar Kids. I grew out of reading for a while, but picked it back up again when my husband did contract work overseas. I needed a distraction and romance books gave me that.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
My all-time unicorn author is Jamie Begley. Other favorites are Kristen Ashley, KC Lynn, Pepper Winters, JA Huss, K Webster. Those are just a few. My all-time favorite book is Shade by Jamie Begley.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Hmm… favorite character. That’s a tough choice. I would have to say Alexander from Whispered Prayers of a Girl. His story and character was so hard to write, but also one of the easiest.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
They can visit my website at http://www.alexgraysonbooks.com. I can also be found on most social media sites under Alex Grayson.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It really depends on how tight my schedule is. The tighter the schedule, the more stress.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both, really. I like to write about situations that aren’t common, but I also try to keep them interesting for the readers.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My closest posse are A.M. Wilson, Melissa Toppen, Andrea Wood, Avelyn Paige, Reagan Hollow, and JC Santo. We’re all there for each other when we need advice.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️