Alexandrea Weis began writing at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen again and began her first novel To My Senses. Since that time she has writen several novels and sold two screenplays (White River and Blood Will Tell). Blood Will Tell is currently in pre-production with Buyer Group International. Her work has been critically acclaimed and is continually growing in popularity.
Her most recent book is Recovery, the second novel in the Nicci Beauvoir series which takes readers on a Big Easy thrill ride when a lover’s murder is solved and a spy with a bulletproof bravado quickens Nicci’s broken heart.
Alexandrea is also a permitted wildlife rehabber and works rescuing orphaned and injured animals. She recently has been working to aid oil soaked birds in the Gulf disaster.
You can visit Alexandrea’s website at www.alexandreaweis.com or connect with her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/alexandreaweis.com and Facebook at www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/To-My-Senses/113609858681394.
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Q: Give us an example of a typical writing day.
That depends on what I have going on in my house. I am a wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. I take in orphaned and injured wildlife, so if I have a lot of baby squirrels to feed, then my writing usually has to wait until the evenings. I write mostly at night, when the house is quiet and all of my creatures have been put to bed.
Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
I absolutely write on a computer, but I do make notes and proposed changes in pen and paper. At night when I am in bed and get ideas for changes or additions to a book, I tend to jot down notes on a small pad. Needless to say, I sleep with a notebook and pen next to my bed.
Q: Do you work from an outline?
I write the story as I go along. I always go back and change or edit areas, but the only part of a book I ever see or know about is the end. The rest comes as I write it.
Q: Biggest Pet Peeve about the writing life.
It is all consuming and when I am in the middle of a book, my household suffers. The husband and the animals feel neglected until I am finished. All I want to do when I am into a book is sit at my computer and write. My friends and family have learned through the years to be tolerant of my compulsion, for which I am very grateful.
Q: Biggest Career Surprise
How much people like the way I write. I thought I would have a hard time finding an audience because I do not fit into a certain mold like most romance genre books. Many readers have told me how refreshing they find my work, which has been a wonderful surprise for me.
Q: Worst rejection you’ve ever received?
They’re all bad and as a writer you take everyone personally. I think the worst was from an agent who felt I had no talent and told me to stick with my day job.
Q: Nicest rejection you’ve ever received?
The one that believed in my talent and told me to keep writing no matter what I was told. They explained that this business is very subjective and felt that one day I would find my place in it.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully writing full time with a publisher and an agent who believe in my writing. Traveling the country to meet with fans of my books, and finally feeling like I have made it as a writer.
Q: What’s next for you?
The motion picture rights to my book, Recovery, have been picked up by an independent production company out of Dallas, so next up for me will probably be writing the screenplay. And I am also in the process of editing book III in the Nicci Beauvoir Series called Sacrifice. It will be out in spring 2012.
Q: Who is your favorite author, and why?
I love Ian Fleming because his James Bond series for me was an in depth character study. The films do not even come close to character portrayed in the novels
Q: What are a few of your favorite genres and why?
I love historical fiction novels because I love history, especially ancient history. I am always reading fictional history, historical biographies or just plain old history books. My areas of interest are ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Also, I love anything about Alexander the Great.
Q: In writing your book/novel if you could do it again what would you do differently?
I think my concerns would tend to be more grammatical then related to the story line. I would have liked to add more about the secondary characters since they gave so much to the story. But I am happy with the way it is now. There is not a whole lot I would have changed.
Q: Where do you write from? (location and description)
I write in one of the small bedrooms of my home. I have a desktop computer and I can stay up till all hours of the night without disturbing my husband or my animals.
Q: Do you have a writer’s studio? Describe it for us and what is the view you see from the window?
Not a studio, but a bedroom with a desk and a bookshelf next to it. But the view is great. I have a couple of acres of property and my window looks out on our pond and the green trees and brush surrounding it. I have a lot of wildlife in my area of the state, so I do a lot of animal watching when I am looking out the window.
Q: Time Frame: From start to finish
Each book takes me anywhere from two weeks to a month to complete, depending on my available time for writing. Editing is another story. That can take up to three months or more if you are working with different editors. I call it tweaking, and sometimes I think it can go on forever. Thank God for deadlines. Otherwise, I think I would never have published in the first place.
Q: Writer’s Block – If you have ever experienced it – how did you resolve it?
I get out of my house and drive. When I am stuck on a section of a book or trying to figure out a character, I drive. Believe it or not, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge is best for me. Driving across a straight twenty-four mile bridge is a great time to sit and think.
Q: Have you ever abandoned any books/novels in progress?
Never. I make myself work out every book. I have written each book until the end. Then I will go back to it later and re-work it. I push myself to complete a novel because I don’t like leaving anything undone.
Q: Advice for the audience, first time authors, those choosing the writing life.
Once your start writing, keep writing. Never let anyone discourage you from writing. Now life will get in the way, whether it is a job, kids or family life, but just keep writing. Find the time and you will find your voice.
Q: Who or what was your greatest influence that made you want to be a writer/author?
June Wells, my high school English teacher. She told me from day one that I was going to be a writer. Being a teenager in search of a more profitable future, I thought she was insane. But after all these years, I found out she was right. I tracked her down and sent her a copy of my first novel along with a thank you note. Sometimes what people tell you sound crazy, but something, or someone, put that idea in to their head for you to hear.
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
Absolutely wonderful! It is like holding a newborn in your arms. It is something that is all your own and you gave birth to it. There is no other feeling like it in the world.
Recovery by Alexandrea Weis is the second novel in the wildly sexy series featuring the enigmatic Nicci Beauvoir. A thrilling read, this character-driven book boasts a whodunit mystery, sultry seductions, and an unforgettable cliffhanging twist. Once a darling of New Orleans society, Nicci pens a novel about her departed love, the artist David Alexander. While promoting her book in the Big Apple, she’s approached by David’s former boss, Simon La Roy, who has a theory about David’s death that devastates Nicci. She learns David’s murder may be linked to someone from her past. Enter Dallas August, an elite member of Simon’s organization of corporate spies prized for his ruthless ability to get the job done. Playing the part of Nicci’s lover, Dallas returns to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans with her to flush out the killer. But everything is not what is seems in the Big Easy, and soon the couple finds themselves trapped in a psychotic’s twisted game of revenge. As the danger grows, Nicci’s relationship with the handsome spy turns from adversarial to amorous. On the run for their lives, Dallas and Nicci must confront their tormentor before it is too late. It’s a deadly decision that could cost Nicci everything, but it is her only chance for finally revealing the identity of the murderer. Just as the truth behind David’s death is discovered, another more compelling mystery is unearthed. It’s an unexpected turn of events that rocks Nicci’s world.