Author Interview: Jerri Alexander

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8/14/14

    Jerrie Alexander Hi Jerrie – Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for the blog.  I picked up copies of the Lost and Found, Inc series at RomCon and they are slowly making their way up my TBR pile.

Tell us a NoChanceInHell-200x300 (1)little about yourself and your books? Shh, don’t tell, but I’m a pretty boring person! Married since the age of ten (joking) to one of the last John Wayne types of men left, we dote on our granddaughter and rescue dog. Both bring lots of laughter and joy to us. 🙂 As far as my books? I love to write. I work hard to layer in excitement, danger, passion, mystery…oh, did I mention passion?

Tell us about the Lost and Found, Inc. series? The series is b ased around four friends from college. Men who played football together and became close buddies. After graduation, they went their separate ways, joining different branches of the military. Ten years later, three of them come together to help one of the men’s old flame. She works in Child Protective Services, has uncovered a human trafficking ring, and finds her life in jeopardy. A new private detective agency comes from this reunion. Each book has been written to stand alone, but all the characters wander in and out of each book, so I think reading them in order gives the reader more of an insight. What happened to the fourth friend? I can’t tell you. 🙂 He hasn’t shared his story with me, yet.

The covers are fabulous.  Congratulations on winning best cover at RomCon.  What provides the inspiration for them?  Do you think they reflect the stories well? Thank you!! Meredith Blair gets the credit for my covers. I tell her my vision, and she brings the main character to life. We work hard and long to find the right male and background. No Chance in Hell (the book that won at RomCon) has an important scene set on a lake. Meredith found the perfect picture of a lake not twenty minutes from my home. We even changed the flora used for the background in Cold Day in Hell to reflect the jungle. I try to make my covers give the reader a hint of what’s to come.

How do you decide on the settings? To me, the setting is one of characters, so I spend a lot of time thinking how to make the most of the setting. Does my story idea fit better set in the country or city? Do my characters live in houses or apartments? All of that is decided before I start the book. Then I start my research. There’s a trip to the morgue in The Last Execution, so I researched the Atlanta morgue, studying pictures and reading about the building. Realism, right down to the location, helps the story be believable.

What made you decide to start writing romantic suspense? I love to read, and romantic suspense is my favorite. I love the drama of putting my characters in dire straits. It gives me the opportunity to allow each one to grow, overcome their fears and guilt. I enjoy the fast pace of the romantic suspense.

What’s next on tap for you? I’m finishing the first draft of a new series, Killer Affections. Tentative title is Till Death or Till Death Do Us Part…what do you like best? And then I’ll start the final book of the Lost and Found, Inc series. Buddy helping me write

Dogs or cats? I love all pets. But have to lean to the dog side. Three years ago, we found a 9 pound mixed breed almost dead in our pasture. He’d been bitten on both sides by a bigger dog and had just laid down and quit. We scooped him up and took him to the vet. She patched him up, and we brought him home. He’s a beautiful dog that makes us laugh every day.

Wine or beer? Wine and very little of that. 🙂 I have world class, I think I’m going to die, hangovers. So I limit my intake.

Beach or mountain? Beach! White sand and warm water.

One thing you’d like everyone to know about you? When I get an email or message from a reader who enjoyed my writing, I am over the moon thrilled. It motivates me to try even harder. Or if you want something really personal, I watch every Gerard Butler movie made…doesn’t have to be a good movie as long as he’s in it. 🙂

Thanks again for taking time to visit with us! It was my pleasure. You were a delight to meet, and I hope we see each other again. Folks can find me at any of these places. Stop by and say hello. http://www.jerriealexander.com – website http://www.twitter.com/jerriealexander https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerrie-Alexander /121521571355959?ref=hl http://www.goodreads.com/jerriealexander http://pinterest.com/jerriealexander/

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee Ann August 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Great interview! Loved learning all those things about you, Jerrie. tweeted and shared.

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Jerrie Alexander August 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

Renne! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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Jpress1206 August 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Great interview! Love this series and can’t wait for the new books!!

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Jerrie Alexander August 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Thank you, Jpress! I appreciate your support.

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Marsha R. West August 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Hey, Toni. Fun to meet you at RomCon. Glad you could get Jerrie to stop by. She’s the best! And a super writer.
Love this picture of Buddy, Jerrie. You’ve got so many wonderful pics of him. Love the one where he’s sprawled on his back. My Simon used to sleep like that some and before he drifted into dreamland, his little tail wagged between his legs. Funnies thing to see.

Can’t wait to read the first of the new series. And it’s a good thing your readers don’t know where you lived. They’d be out picketing to try to get you to write that fourth story in Lost & Found! LOL I’ll share this blog. 🙂

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Jerrie Alexander August 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Marsha! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your support.

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Jerrie Alexander August 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

Good morning Kate and Toni! Thank you for having me as your guest today! I’ll be around all day!

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