Name Alix Richards (given name Jo Pfander)
Where are you from
Michigan originally, live in Wyoming now
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up and attended school in Michigan, moved to Wyoming about seven years ago. Five children and one adorable grandson later here I am.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently spreading my creative wings within the world I fashioned for my characters. Starting new series and working on the original one as well as checking out submissions for other publishing houses. Keeping tummy-turning nerves down by breathing. Did you know attacking nerves are common even when you’ve gotten six contracts? Yeah, it still happens.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing after my grandmother told me to document the stories I’d been telling my younger siblings and cousins. At the time I wanted to own a dance club, bar, I didn’t want to write. She said I was a born storyteller, writer. It took a couple years before that took hold and I caved. About age 12.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I always considered myself a writer, cause that’s what I do. I write. Poems, lyrics, stories, journal. I cannot not write.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The stories I used to tell my siblings and cousins. Their joy and excitement. Their not wanting to wait for more, wanting to hear what happens right now.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t believe so. Although I’ve been told my writing style is very unique and deep.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For Soul Bound, I used the fact Joy and Jairo were binding together their souls. That was what it was about. For Soul Memory, I wanted the readers to understand that our souls retain memories, even if we don’t believe they do. An odd belief, but then again what else out there is odd when seen from another’s perspective?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I would like readers to be open minded. To take what they’re reading and believe it’s possible. That anything is possible.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
More realistic then many think. It’s taking the concept of Twin Flames, or Twin Souls as they are also called and creating story lines involving couples. Their lives, lessons, love and their reality. I was surprised to find as much information about the Twin Flame/Twin Soul concept and the amount of people who do believe they exist.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Events and experiences in my life, mixed with a few others.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
As an avid reader, that’s a loaded question. LOL But for the most part, I’d have to say every book I’ve read has influenced my life equally. I couldn’t name one over another.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan. After reading their books, I gathered the courage to submit my own and take a chance.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I’m in the middle of edits. But last month I was reading J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books. As soon as I’m through edits I plan to grab Kay Dee Royal’s Savage Smoke. I’m excited about reading it, and can’t wait to start!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Mel Favreaux at the moment and Stephanie Becken. I’ve read a couple of their books and can’t wait to get my hands on more.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently I’ve started a new series and waiting to hear back from my publisher. I also have another couple Twin Flame books in the works. There is also another series I’m cleaning up for submission after the New Year. I always have something in the works.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Janquel, a very dear and best friend.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. It’s what I’ve wanted every since I started writing when I was 12. Guess my grandmother was right, huh? LOL
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so. I might have pushed myself faster to complete it, then again, creativity is a being onto itself. It ebbs and flows as it wants. As writers, we’re just the tool the Muse uses.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I first started documenting that first story. I couldn’t stop. From there it continued to grow and expand, until I reached this point.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Making sure as much as I write fantasy I want it believable. That’s the challenge. Making it appear real. I would like to be the writer who takes a reader on a trip through the world I created. That just for a moment they were able to escape reality and dream.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Sherrilyn Kenyon. That it seems real. It is real, for the time I’m reading her book. I love it!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not really. I’m still in the early stages of my career.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers are designed by a cover artist through my current publisher.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Soul Memory was the hardest one to write, because of the interaction in dreams and then in reality. I have to say that was the hardest. Making sure the awake time flowed with the dreams and recollections of Jairo and Joy. Soul Bound was slightly easier, although making sure I had Jairo’s part realistic was interesting. I’m a woman, so writing in the male POV was hard.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
As funny as it sounds I learned a little about myself with each book I finished and submitted. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly which was which or where, but I can safely say I learned to be myself no matter what others think or say. I’m the one who has to live with my decisions, not those who say I should be doing what they say.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Grow a thick skin. Know the difference between someone cutting you down and actual creative criticism. Know and learn your craft, take classes, do research. Never stop learning, readers change their minds and what they’re reading often. Write what you want to read. Remember, you can’t please everyone, so don’t even try. You’ll be the one who’s unhappy in the long run if you do.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking the time to check out my work. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was 101 Dalmatians, and not the one based on the Walt Disney movies.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I read almost everything and anything. I enjoy learning, so doing research is fun.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
When I get a chance to watch television I enjoy The Walking Dead, CSI, Criminal Minds, America Unearthed and other shows on The History Channel. When it comes to movies, anything with action (Fast and Furious, Bond, ect.). I also enjoy fantasy (Lord of The Ring trilogy, Star Wars, ect.).
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Italian and Mexican, a huge fan of pizza. Can eat that day in and day out. I love red, have from as far back as I can remember. As for music, it depends. I pretty much love all music, but my all time faves are Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Led Zepplin, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Nickelback, The Eagles, Halestorm, Evanescence, to name just a few.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Work at a bar or dance club. People and music, what more could anyone ask for? A forever party.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website?
If so what is it?
I can be found on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlixRichards
And my Souls Immortal Blog: http://soulsimmortal.blogspot.com/