Alexandra Sellers has written over two million words for print, both fiction and non-fiction, including articles, reviews, training material, brochures, websites, mini-series ‘bibles’, blurbs, obituaries, short stories, and 40 books. Her novels have been translated into more than 15 languages.
She was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy in 2001, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Best Author Award for Series in 2009.
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Thank you for taking the time to answer a few of my questions!
Thank you for asking! I appreciate being invited.
For those who aren't familiar with you or your work, can you tell us a little about yourself and what it is that you write?
I've written for several romance lines over the course of my career, mostly for Harlequin and Silhouette, including Harlequin SuperRomance and Temptation, and Silhouette Intimate Moments, Yours Truly and Desire. You might say that I kickstarted the sheikh sub-genre with BRIDE OF THE SHEIKH in IM, and then my SONS OF THE DESERT Desire mini-series. Those books just struck a nerve. I've recently had a long hiatus after a traffic accident, and am returning to writing with a new SONS OF THE DESERT book, coming soon. I'm also re-issuing my earlier books in eBook, and hope to find old fans and new. SEASON OF STORM has just gone up on amazon.
What has been the most challenging book to write and why?
SEASON OF STORM was actually a very difficult book to get right. When I was re-reading it recently to prepare it for eBook publication, I saw why—I didn't really understand my hero, Johnny Winterhawk, and I was making him act in ways that he didn't like. That's really a very dangerous mistake for a writer to make, and I was lucky in that Johnny so deeply wanted Shulamith, his soulmate, that he put up with the stuff I forced on him, in order to have her in the end. I've now rewritten parts of the book, giving Johnny his head the way I should have in the first place. I hope he's happier with his story now, and of course I hope readers will love it.
Today there are so many sub-genres of romance, is there one that you would like to try writing for?
I don't even know what they all are! I don't think I'll ever be drawn to writing about vampires, though. I've written a number of mystery romances, I've always enjoyed that, and a couple of courtroom romances, and sheikhs, of course—I certainly plan to continue with my lovely Middle Eastern world.
When you're writing, what kind of environment is most productive for you? Do you need it to be quiet or do you like to listen to music?
I like both at different times and different stages of the process. Sometimes I decide which music best evokes the mood I want to create in a scene and then play music that arouses that mood in me. For this I love Joan Armatrading, Carole King, Jim Croce, Nick Cave, and a Persian singer, Marzieh, among others.
Other times I've got to have silence and go mad if the neighbour's dog is even whining.
Are there any romance authors that you look up to or are a fan of?
Many. I grew up with the old greats—Mary Burchell, Sara Seale, Violet Winspear and Anne Weale were favourites, then Jane Donnelly. Later there were lots of my contemporaries I admired—Kathleen Korbel certainly being one. Sandra Brown, Stella Cameron, Sharon Kendrick, Caitlin Crews…there are many to admire. Jane Austen, of course, is in a class by herself. I read and re-read her.
What are you working on now?
My SEASON OF STORM rewrite has just gone up, as I mentioned. Now I'm working on a psychological thriller that has been plaguing me for years, and another SONS OF THE DESERT book.
Is there anything else you'd like to say to everyone?
Sorry I've been away so long, and I hope you'll take the trouble to find me again!
Thank you so much once again for your time Alexandra!
Thank you for giving me your blog space!
Laddy Penreith was seventeen the night she met Soviet writer Mischa Busnetsky. Surrounded by a watchful crowd, neither could reveal the searing passion that flared between them.
Eight years later -- years Mischa had spent in prison for his writing -- that flame still burned for Laddy. When Mischa was suddenly released and came to London, she flew to him, and his touch told her he had forgotten nothing.
But then an act of betrayal drove Mischa so far away that Laddy felt the brief golden hours of their lovemaking had been all in vain.
Jace was dead. Jace, whose love she had carried in her heart for ten long years. Vanessa had finally fulfilled her promise to come to him, but too late. Now she could never explain, never find the forgiveness she had yearned for all these years—never again experience the overwhelming love they had shared.
Jace's look-alike cousin Jake was willing to act as stand-in for her dead love, and the fire he ignited in her might burn all her life…but what was in it for Jake? He wasn't pretending to forgive her for the fatal hurt she'd caused his cousin. Did he really want her? Or did he only want revenge?
He took her hostage—could he ever let her go?
Shulamith St. John had lived with the threat of kidnapping for most of her life, but that didn't make her situation when it happened any less terrifying. Especially as she knew what her kidnapper did not—that her father, the ruthless lumber baron Cordwainer St. John, would not pay one cent of ransom for her.
Johnny Winterhawk didn't believe that—but he was no ordinary kidnapper. He didn't want money, he wanted to protect his tribal lands from her father's chainsaws. And then, it seemed…he wanted her.
Shulamith responded to her captor's touch with a hunger that made her feel she could trust him with her life. Their deep passion shook her, body and soul. And that was the most terrifying thing of all…
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