Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
AP: Surprisingly good. I live in Germany, and we have flattened the curve, meaning restrictions are slowly being lifted. Still, not meeting people the way you used to or going out is strange.
Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from? What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
AP: I'm from Germany. Funnily enough, I was born in the exact region where the Brothers Grimm collected and edited their fairy tales, so that's probably the reason for the fairy tale influences in my work. And I don’t like beer, which is weird, living here. Alexa Piper is a pen name. I also write science fiction and fantasy as Alexandra Seidel.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
AP: I had an English teacher who encouraged my creative writing. I feel like all of us writers need that one person, at least when we set out, who tells us we can be authors. The imagination and creativity came preinstalled. From there, I just kept working, collecting rejections, writing better stories, collecting more rejections, and eventually, also a few acceptances.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
AP: Right now I am finishing Dusk & Dawn #2, but I also already started on Fairview Chronicles #4. The Hunter's Bride (Dusk & Dawn #1) came out this month, and it was such a blast writing it! It's basically a vampire rom com, and if that's your thing, please give it a read and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I love to hear from readers!
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
AP: I think for romance you want engaging characters, and what I mean is an engaging cast of characters, not just the hero and heroine. I hate it when secondary characters feel wooden or flat. As a reader, that shatters the experience for me, and so as a writer, I try to avoid that.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
AP: I paint my romance on a fantasy or urban fantasy canvas, so there really isn’t that much I need to research, because a lot of the stuff I simply get to make up. I did research luxury first class air travel the other day, for Fairview #4. I really miss air travel during this epidemic!
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
AP: I read very selectively, because I write a lot and have other commitments as well. I like some good erotic romance or science fiction, fantasy I choose carefully. When a book isn’t good, I’ll not even bother to finish it. I don’t have one favorite author, but Yoon Ha Lee, Naomi Novik, and Cat Valente are some writers I enjoy reading.
Which of your own books is your favorite?
AP: I really enjoyed writing The Hunter’s Bride (Dusk & Dawn #1), and writing it was so much fun that the first draft only took me ten days to finish. I was really tired after that, but also excited to get it published. I will say however that in terms of a colorful cast of characters, A Midsummer Night’s Demon (Fairview Chronicles #3) was the one that--to date--was the most entertaining to write.
Which of your own characters is your favorite?
AP: He’ll be mean to me if I don’t answer correctly, so I’m going to have to say Valerian from Fairview Chronicles. Valerian kindly helped… improve the glossary that’s in A Midsummer Night’s Demon (Fairview Chronicles #3). And he wrote the intro. He is just such a kind-hearted person, how could he not be my favorite (no, I am not saying this under duress at all...)?
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
AP: Christmas. Because I get to make vegan eggnog, aka vegnog. Then drink it. (The recipe can be found in my Facebook readers’ group.)
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
AP: Get comfortable with rejections and critiques, and keep writing.
City, suburb, or small-town?
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
AP: Dark chocolate, bonus points if it comes in the form of vegan chocolate cake.
Alpha, beta, or both?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
AP: Whiskey. Mostly Islay, but I am flexible.
Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
AP: All of those, but make them vegan.
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
AP: Am I supposed to put these in the correct order? Mmh. I think I like this as a story prompt ;)
Any last words before we say goodbye?
AP: Please feel free to follow me on social media! I love hearing from readers. You can also subscribe to my newsletter. Goodreads is another way to get in touch.
If you happen to be a writer, you might find my blog, The Wicked Writing Corner, interesting.
The Hunter's Bride
May 15, 2020
Erotic romance ~ Paranormal ~ Vampires ~ Humor
Maxim, tall, whimsical, and a vampire, wants to hire a curator for his art collection. Robyn, a newly minted art historian looking for a job, loves fine art and old stuff, and Maxim soon realizes she is not just perfect for the job, but also for him.
Robyn never liked prejudices against vampires, werewolves, or Fae, but the moment she starts working for a vampire, things appear less black and white, especially when she begins to fall for her new boss.
Robyn and Maxim’s young love will have to overcome odds and odd vampires who take issue with the fact that Maxim happens to be a vampire hunter who doesn’t shy away from decapitating his own kind.
More About Alexa
Alexa Piper writes steamy romance that ranges from light to dark, from straight to queer. She’s also a coffee addict. Her retelling of Dracula, A Tale of Honey and Garnet Wine, might be a cursed manuscript, and every writer should have at least one of those. She also loves writing series, and her Fairview Chronicles follow a ragtag gang of supernaturals who try to make their city safer. Mostly.