Name Jerrie Alexander
Age?Old enough to know you never ask a lady that question. 🙂
Where are you from?
I’m a native Texan. While we’ve lived in Arkansas, California, and Georgia, we always knew we’d return to our home state when we had the chance.
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life ect
I live in the country outside of Fort Worth, Texas. I’m married and have a grown daughter. She and her husband gave us the most awesome, beautiful, and smart granddaughter in the world. (Don’t all grandmothers say that?)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My debut romantic suspense novel The Green-Eyed Doll releases 12-07-2012! The Last Execution and Hell or High Waterare in the edit stage but don’t have release dates yet.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been the talkative one in the group and thought I’d like to be a journalist. It turned out that I loved to create from my imagination instead of real life. So I switched my studies to creative writing. I set my writing aside for a while when life presented me with a wonderful family, but I have returned and am blessed that they’re very supportive.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I wrote my first short story assignment and the class instructor loved it, I knew then I wanted to write. Maybe when I can finally hold one of my books in my hands, it will finally ring true that I am!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I love to read. And I wanted to be able to create stories that carried people away to another place. I’d like to be able to entertain and touch the reader’s life in some way. To know I’d moved a person with my words, would be a great accomplishment.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not a plotter. I have a full body shudder at the thought of knowing exactly what’s going to happen on the next page. I know how the story begins and ends. A college professor once told me to “Begin with the end in mind.” I write exactly that way. I know where I’m going but the journey of how I get there is the adventure of writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I usually have a title in my head from page one. That doesn’t always mean the publisher will let me keep it, but I have a working title from day one. Hell or high water is an old phrase, and one day a song triggered the thought…what if my heroine was in trouble and one man would go through hell or high water to save her. That thought became a book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If there is a message, it’s about second chances and how amazing the human spirit is. No matter how bad things are, it will get better.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I research extensively before starting a book. Whether my hero or heroine is with the FBI, Sheriff’s Department or a Navy SEAL, I ask tons of questions and document answers. Then I spin a fictional story around that research.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No…thank goodness! I write romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense. I’ve never been in any of the situation in my books.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
That’s a tough question. There are too many to list.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I think every author I’ve read mentored me unknowingly. I learn something from each book.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Cindy Gerard’s LAST MAN STANDING. Her stories grab your attention and hangs on tightly.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
My critique partner Barb Han has a couple of books coming out. I love her stories and can’t wait for readers to discover her work. Donnell Bell and Lena Diaz are also great writers and have books recently published.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
HIS TO LOSE is the second book in the Lost and Found, Inc series. With HELL or HIGH WATER the first in the series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I’m so blessed to have more than one entity supporting me and I can’t name just one.
RWA, the North Texas Chapter, Kiss of Death Chapter, Books and Broads Book Club…okay, I’ll stop here. 🙂
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is my career! It’s not my hobby. It’s what I do…it’s what I’m compelled to do. 🙂
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think there will always be something that I’ll see and wish I’d made it better. It’s that desire to make the best possible read that makes a writer keep tweaking.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I don’t. Weird, huh? It feels like I always knew. Even in high school, I studied journalism.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’d love to…this is the back of the book blurb.
The Green-Eyed Doll
Catherine McCoy is running from her past. She’s been on the move for a year, hiding the secret and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought lost forever.
Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed. Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms—until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken.
When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim. But will her determination be enough?
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
All of it! It’s a fun challenge and hard work. Layering in the action, the emotions, and sprinkling back story along the way is a challenge. The finished manuscript is such a reward in itself. Lots of people start a book and never finish it. They’re missing the feeling of accomplishment when you type those two little words…The End.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There’s too many to list. I read mystery and romantic suspense authors mainly. But for a change I’ll pick up a good paranormal or historical.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I traveled a lot for work in a former life. I use those settings or I’ll do extensive research to ensure realism.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have three books and each has a different cover designer. I have input as to what I’d like to see, but the final product is the publishers decision.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Leaving it alone once it’s finished. At some point, you have to call it ‘done’ and move on. But if someone has enough confidence in my writing that they’re willing to plunk down cold hard cash for one of my books…well, I want it to be the best story I can make it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That it takes me longer than other writers. I haven’t mastered the art of writing three books a year yet…but I’m working on it.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up on your dream. Stretch. Push. And be willing to work hard. Oh and have a tough hide. Rejections are a way of life for us.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That I hope when they finish one of my books, they are satisfied that I’ve entertained them, taken them out of their day to day life for a while. If they do, then I’m a success.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
I’ve already done that! 🙂 I worked and raised a family. Can’t think of a thing I’d rather have done.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
I do and I love to have visitors! www.jerriealexander.com will take you to my website and blog. I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.