Uh – when it’s the title of a paranormal romance by Alexandra Christian. Today Alexandra shares with us how she became a writer, why she writes what she does, and proves, that yes you can write a novel while sitting at a cafeteria lunch table.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been published since 2010 and Naked is my 4th full length novel. I write mostly paranormal and sci-fi romance, but I like to dabble in horror and mystery as well. I live in sunny South Carolina with my husband, also a writer, and our epileptic wiener dog.
What interesting jobs have you had? How have those jobs affected your writing?
I used to teach second grade. That’s actually why I write under Alexandra Christian. When I first became published, I was still teaching small children, and I thought that my books might be a little too hot for the average schoolmarm. My second novel, Beast of Burden, was largely written while sitting at the cafeteria table during our lunch breaks in between opening milk cartons and packs of ketchup. Now I work with the legal system, which is very conducive for getting juicy story fodder.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
My mother and older sisters were romance novel junkies. I resisted for quite a while, preferring my horror and sci-fi/fantasy novels. As I got older, I realized that those books were missing a romantic element. I always loved relationship stories, but I wanted them to happen during a grand adventure. My older sister is romance novelist Lucy Blue, and she encouraged me to write the kinds of romantic stories that I wanted to read. So here I am writing complex interplanetary adventures.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I feel like my answer to this question is always really boring. Stephen King is my go-to influence. His writing is so engrossing and he makes it seem so effortless. I always knew that I wanted to be a writer like that. One that could completely transport their reader. I am also greatly influenced by Anais Nin. She was just so in love with words. Her erotica is beautiful to read and she had such a fascinating life. And I can’t neglect to mention Julie Garwood and Sandra Brown—goddesses of the romance industry in my opinion. I would be happy if my books were half as smart and sexy as theirs.
Can you tell us about any other upcoming books, series, or writing plans?
The next book in the Phoenix Rising series, Neo-Geisha, is just about finished and should be releasing sometime in the fall. Unlike Naked, this one takes place almost entirely in the space colonies that were introduced in the first book. Cage and Phoe will be battling space pirates and some old enemies. I’m also in the process of writing a novella as my Sherlockian alter-ego A.C. Thompson. It will be the first in a series with Falstaff books that follows Dr. John Watson as he battles all sorts of monsters. The first one is tentatively titled The Ghost and Dr. Watson and should also be out this fall.
How did you come up with the title?
The title Naked is a bit deceiving. Given that it’s a romance novel, most people assume that “naked” refers to nudity, but it doesn’t. The hero of the series, Cage St. John, is a former secret agent with MI6 (now called SIS). In trying to avenge his murdered wife and daughter, he has a little gene-splicing accident that gives him special abilities (you have to read the book to find out what…). He ends up leaving MI6 and becoming an “agent for hire.” Naked is a term used for a spy, or operative, who is working without backup or a governing agency.
What other genres of novel would you love to write?
Well, A.C. Thompson is allowing me to write horror, a genre I’ve always wanted to be a part of. Recently, I had a story in a weird western anthology called Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier and through writing that story, I have fallen in love with the weird western genre. I’m also a rabid Sherlock Holmes fan girl, so I’d really like to write a novel length Sherlock Holmes adventure.
Librarian at one of Earth’s last paper libraries, Phoebe Addison is about to have a romantic and interplanetary adventure wilder than anything she’s ever read.
OUT OF THE STACKS
Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.
…AND INTO THE FIRE
Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance, she’s committed to bringing exciting stories and sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies.
A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Broad Universe—an organization that supports female authors of speculative fiction.