Name  Alisha Basso

Age:  is only a number!

Where are you from:  Reno, Nevada

A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect… Well, I was born and raised in Northern Nevada and have lived here all my life. I live in the desert, but I love the sea.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 I just released my newest novel in The Grace Allen Series, Titled, This Time. It is a paranormal romance and adventure!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I actually started telling stories when I was a child. I would tell my friends random stories at night during sleep overs. I didn’t put pen to paper until I was in my thirties.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 Wow, I think being a writer is actually one of the best titles one can possess and calling myself a writer was hard. I never really did it until my first book, This Blood, began to sell.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 I love romance and I absolutely love the paranormal. It was a combination of reading and wanting certain things to happen in books that prompted me to put my own story down. You get what you want when you do it yourself, I always say.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Is chaos a style? No, I do have a style and I call it the purge! I throw my story down on the page and then after all the ideas are out of my head, I go in and make it flow.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 My titles are based on the word “This” THIS BLOOD is the first novel in the series followed by THIS CURSE and my latest release, THIS TIME. The final installment will be titled THIS NIGHT and it promises to be a wild adventure!

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Be strong! Know yourself and understand that it is always okay to make mistakes. A life without them is dull indeed.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Almost nothing. It is set in Reno, Nevada which is a real place so maybe that’s all. I have vampires, warlocks, werewolves, elves, trolls and all sorts of fantastic creatures running amuck!

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, not at all. I am a total introvert so the lives I create are amazing and daring! I try to move as far away from what I live as possible.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

 Everything written by Anne Rice. She was the one who really opened my eyes to the sexy and incredible paranormal world. I love Jane Austen! The language and romance are amazing. Honestly I have so many loves it’s too large to list.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 A few actually, Anne Rice, Kim Harrison and Neeley Bratcher.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m actually beta reading for an author called, Jason Reyes. He writes amazing steam punk!

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes! Neeley Bratcher, JD Nelson and so many more. The rush of talented Indies is amazing and honestly hard to keep up with.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I am working on the final installment on The Grace Allen Series as well as a new series of short stories, the first is titled Wet – A Mermaids in Land Novella. They are just fun light hearted stories for your trip to the beach or that boring lunch meeting!

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Helen Godbey by far. I have never seen her face in person but she is now one of my best friends. Her input and support have been huge for me!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 I would love for this to be my career! So far though, I do not get to live off of my novels. I’m trying to get myself out there more so that others can discover my stories and enjoy them. Until then…

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I was happy, so I hope everyone else is happy with it as well.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

When I was a child, I loved to tell stories. I don’t know how happy others were to hear them, but I sure loved to do it.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 My current work is actually out. I don’t have anything not yet released to share, so here is an excerpt from This Time and I will set the scene for you… So this is just after the heroine, Grace, has been injured by mistake by one of her dearest friends. A group of her friends are arguing by her bedside. One is a vampire, one is a warlock, one an elf, two are mortal and one is the Devil himself. *Warning harsh language*

“It’s been weeks. She should be awake by now.”

“She’s repairing herself. A wound like that is no easy thing.”

“But she’s immortal! How long does it take for one of you to heal? My God, Lucian, you should be shot!”

“Ah, now we are getting somewhere! Anyone possess a firearm?”

“Shut up, Seth! You’re not helping anything.”

“Thank you, Ann.”

“Screw you, Lucian! Honestly, you should be shot, after all, this whole thing is your fault!”

“Yes it is, and I am curious, Lucian. When you sent the magic into my beloved, did you mean to blow out the back of her skull? Lucky for you, you stupid bastard, she is hard to kill.”

“Let it go. I swear, reminding me every single chance you get is making you sound like a senile, old man. Oh, wait, how old are you again?”

“You wish to fight? I would love to suck you dry, but ‘idiot’ always upsets my stomach.”

“Come at me again, you son of a bitch, and I swear I’ll make you bleed for a second time.”

“You never touched me. Stop trying to take credit for a wound you had nothing to do with. Concentrate on taking credit for hurting Grace. At least at that you were successful.”

“Fuck you, Seth! You know I never wanted to hurt her! God, people, you have to understand that I didn’t know it was her.”

“It is the only reason you still live. You may be immortal now, but imagine how fun it will be to exist without your limbs?”

“Die off, hybrid. I’m only sorry it wasn’t you walking through that door.”

“Hybrid? Oh, aren’t we the pot calling the kettle black? And I must say, if it was me walking through that door, your sad attempt at attack would have been useless with my teeth in your neck.”

“None of this is helping, my friends.”

“Nothing is helping! Fat lot of good your healing has done. Why isn’t she better yet?”

“Calm yourself, Jamie. She will be well. She is strong.”

“You don’t know that for sure, none of you do.”

“Oh, sweet girl, I wouldn’t say that. I wouldn’t say that at all.”

END SCENE*

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding peace and quiet to concentrate. I have a house full of kids who make quiet time a very rare commodity.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I adore Anne Rice. She has such passion and feeling in her work. He characters have the power to grab you and hold on tight.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 So far no. I have only been out as an author for not quite two years. I will be attending my first conference in St. Louis in 2014.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My cover designer is AMAZING! His name is Ronnell D. Porter and he truly has a gift!

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Sending it out into the world. As a friend of mine says, “It’s your baby and you want people to treat it well.” I always hold my breath and cringe until the five starts start to show. It is only then that I feel I can breathe again.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

That readers are invaluable and treating them with the kindness and appreciation you feel is never a bad idea.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Read! Read and read as much as you can and then write. Never stop. Oh, and contractions are okay and the rules don’t always apply to dialog! Lol…

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 As always, I would like to humbly thank them for their support and interest in my work! I love to hear from them!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

 I love to read, draw and cook.  Also sitting down with a friend to chat is a wonderful joy for me. I don’t have a lot of time to do any of those things, but I love them.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I love Two Broke Girls! Also I am a Ghost Adventures addict. I love old movies with Doris Day and anything with Marilyn Monroe.  I also love the Resident Evil franchise. I guess I’m all over the place with that.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My all-time favorite food is a Wendy’s chicken sandwich with cheese. Horrid for you, but there you go. I don’t have one near me so I figure that is a good thing. And I love blue, all shades. Music is all over the board as well. I love so many different artists I could never name them all.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I wanted to be a marine biologist until I discovered the fact that fish wig me out. I love the sea and the ocean madly!

 Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I am in the process of making my web site but my facebook is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alisha-Basso