I wasn’t born a writer, like many of the writers I know. The writing bug didn’t bite me until later (much later) in my life, and only after I was able to accept that I was not going to become a world class surgeon. Which is to say, I had kids and those kids expected me to supply them with plenty of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Ergo, I found myself working at an aerospace firm, where I was surrounded by nerdy men who spoke a language that was about as exciting as having an IRS audit. And that was okay with me. I met one of the great loves of my life at that firm. But as often happens, things change, and ultimately I got restless. I needed something more thrilling than spending ten hours a day sitting under fluorescent lights and typing documents that contained not one bit of romance or drama. I needed to get back on the womanly track.
That’s how my journey into the writing romance began. I loved stories about bold men and women who couldn’t behave themselves…because love is never simple. It’s complicated and painful and that’s what I wanted to write about. I wanted passion and love and heartache and everything that went along with falling for someone who was off-limits or out of your comfort zone. I wanted more than real life!
For me, real life was Chris…green eyes, blond hair, and a mischievous smile that made me wonder about all kinds of things…at the tender age of seven. I was hopelessly devoted to him for my entire adolescence…and then I grew up, though Chris will always be an inspiration to me.
Should you want to begin your own writing journey, you must realize that the writing life takes tenacity. Being stubborn is good, too. It’ll get you through some hard times. You should also keep on hand a good supply of dark chocolate, red wine, and a box of soft tissue because you’ll probably cry a lot…and it won’t always be because you’ve written a beautiful sentence. Sometimes, it’ll be because you will think you’ve written something beautiful, and then someone will slam you back down to earth with a harsh word that might make you wonder if you really have what it takes. Don’t let that happen. Doubt is your worst enemy. Okay, maybe not your worst. Not making the time to write is the worst. You won’t improve if you don’t practice.
I also suggest you have a companion—one who won’t give you funny looks when you walk around the house talking to yourself. I find a dog or cat works well. Horses are fun, too, though they can be messy when brought indoors. Another thing that comes in handy is one super special human-type friend, who has nothing to do with writing. She, or he, will keep you connected to the real world…else you may begin to think of the characters in your books as friends. Psst…my special human friend is Sheila Roberts. She’s real and she’s one of the best people I have ever known. You know how you used to watch soap operas and there was always this one character who was the “good” character? For me, Sheila Roberts is that character. Good, real, special. And she’s a great writer, too.
If you’d like to know more about me (I’m an expert on that subject), or writing (I can give you an entire list of books you should read), or if you just have a silly question (I love silly questions), please feel free to send me an email. I am always delighted to hear from you!
P.S. This page remains a work-in-progress.
A random thought…Too many What Ifs means you aren’t having enough fun.
Fun Facts About Alexa…
Favorite color – perriwinkle blue
Astrological sign – Aries
Favorite song – Magic (Kenny Chesney)
Favorite actress – Charlize Theron
Favorite actor – Kevin Costner
Biggest weakness – that’s a secret
Least favorite chore – grocery shopping
Favorite household chore – folding warm laundry
Favorite fruit – pineapple
Favorite vacation spots – Maui, Malibu, and Las Vegas
Favorite movies – Romancing the Stone, Family Man, and Cold Mountain
Favorite amphibian – tree frogs
Favorite month – May
Favorite author – Marne Davis Kellogg
Favorite sport – Fantasy football…is sitting in front of the TV, rooting for my team considered a sport?
Favorite quote – I believe the prettiest girls are the happiest girls—Audrey Hepburn
Some things you may not know about me…
* I’ve never gone out for dinner on Valentine’s Day,
* I believe cow milk does NOT do the body good,
* My toenails are always polished,
* My cell phone still has a flip-top and a pull-up antennae,
* I believe women under forty should not tell women over forty what they should and should not wear.
My Favorite Links…writing and otherwise:
www.rwanational.org – Romance Writers of America
www.writersdigest.com – great books and writing tips from the pros
www.romantictimes.com – news of upcoming releases
www.writerspace.com – all you need to know to write and publish your book
www.wordle.net – a fun place to durdle with your wordles
www.lybrary.com – a place to buy eBooks
www.rosecityromancewriters.com – just one of many great RWA chapters
www.freshfiction.com/authors – contests and books from your favorite authors
www.romancerefined.com – news of upcoming author events
www.fictionpress.com – readers match up with authors to read their work and critique
www.allisonwinn.com/ask-allison – answers to writing-related questions
www.grammarblog.co.uk – pokes fun at others who use grammar incorrectly
www.internspills.blogspot.com – an honest, humorous look at publishing
www.iwl.me – inspects your prose and lets you know which famous writer your style most resembles.
www.slushpilehell.tumblr.com – funny letters found in the slush pile
www.yournovel.com – star in your very own romance novel
www.NightOwlReviews.com – where to find your next great book!
www.theromancereviews.com – the place to go for all your news about what’s new in romance!