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Interview with Thriller Author A.K. Alexander + Giveaway!
We have a wonderful guest today! They’re all wonderful, aren’t they? A.K. Alexander is on tour with her thriller Daddy’s Home. And listen – she is also giving away a paperback copy of her book! Fill out the Rafflecopter thingee below to win!
About A.K. Alexander
I started writing when I was nine-years-old. I used to write short stories on my dad’s notepads. One day he read one and he said to me, “You are a writer.” It stuck. My dad is still my biggest supporter and he is also my mentor in many ways. I went to college at The University of Southern California. My parents though didn’t think that “creative writing” at USC was a major that would likely be lucrative in the long run, so I figured I would be logical and look at writing in the journalistic field. God (the Universe), etc. had a different plan for me. Soon after I graduated from USC I gave birth to my first son. He was six weeks premature and he had some health issues, which caused me to decide that going into a career at that time would not benefit my son. So, I stayed home with him and I wrote my first book. That first book is tucked away in a box somewhere because it’s pretty darn bad, but it gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could start, write, and finish a book. From that point on, it took me twelve years to become a published author and several manuscripts. It has been a wonderful and amazing process, and although many challenges have presented themselves along the way, I have never quit writing. It is my passion!
My other passion is Horses. These amazing animals are very dear to my heart and I have been known to take in “strays.” My daughter and I are very active in the horse world. My daughter is involved in pony club and three day eventing.
I enjoy work with other writers when I can , especially kids. I designed a program for young writers to help them learn how to write short stories and picture books to writing complete novellas for older kids. I have mentored several students now and it’s a joyful experience to see young writers and their creative minds at work. It is something I am working on expanding with some local teachers in my area.
Family and friends are extremely important to me. I am the proud mother of three amazing kids who have always supported me and are just great, awesome human beings (yes, I know I sound like every mother in the world about their kids, but I really mean it). My husband is my best friend and a very patient man, which is a real positive—he is married to a writer after all. We also have three dogs, a kitty, and eight horses.
When not writing, riding, or being a taxi-cab driver for my youngest, I try to find time to do a little yoga, meditate or cooking. I love cookbooks and cooking!
A KILLER STALKS HIS PREY…
A calculating and deadly killer is in search for what he terms as his perfect family. Preying upon single mothers and their innocent children, the police have dubbed him “The Family Man.”
HE WATCHES THEM…HE TAKES THEM…
He plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don’t go so perfect in his insane fantasy world, the family man kills.
HOLLY JENNINGS IS ON THE CASE…
Crime Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Police Department is determined to track him down and see that justice is served. With Holly being a single mother herself, this man’s crimes are deeply personal to her, and turn more so when a friend and her daughter become the latest victims of “The Family Man.”
Along with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of her husband–a death she feels guilty for.
To complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan O’Neil. As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by “The Family Man,” that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear. One that may cost her gravely-her family, her new found love, and even her life.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, A.K! Can you tell us where you are from?
I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca. I’m still here.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
The villain in this is so evil and although the families he takes are obviously not his own, he announce himself as Daddy to the women and children. He reminded me a bit of Jack Nicholson’s character in THE SHINING and in particular the scene where Jack breaks down the door with the wild look in his eye. Instead of Johnny’s here…I thought of DADDY’S HOME.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I really took some time to study other bestselling thriller author’s covers and I took note that the titles are quite large and colorful. The title seems to be a big part of the cover on a thriller. I took that idea and then explained to my cover artist—Anthony Sclavi at Brio Books what the story was about. Anthony did a terrific job with it and putting it together. He also did the cover for MOMMY, MAY I?
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
It’s been on The Wall Street Journal Bestseller List and also Amazon’s bestseller list both in The U.S. and The U.K. If you want a book that will have you on edge for a few hours and take you on a roller coaster ride due to its twists and turns then give DADDY’S HOME a try.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
I know this is basic common sense, but people go missing all of the time—women and children, even men. I just want to remind people to always be aware of their surroundings and who is around you. Listen to your gut. If someone or something does not “feel” right, then trust that and get away.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
The ending because everything is sewn up, and it does end as happily as it possibly could, considering…
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
It was an idea that came to me when I was a single parent and I just really felt it was a solid idea that although may be creepy and scary, it has that message of trusting yourself in it.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I don’t know how to type. I hunt and peck—but I am fast. I make a ton of mistakes, so I have a good editor and copy editor and a handful of proof readers. J
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I think I would like to go to The Maldives. It looks beautiful and peaceful there. My husband is an avid surfer so he could surf, and I could snorkel and read books on the beach!
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Both. I get up early because I have a big family and we roll at an early hour. I stay up a bit late because it is the only time I sort of have to myself where I am not writing or doing something for other.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
All three of my kids are great writers. My youngest enjoys writing stories. My middle kid wants to go into screen writing and is planning to go to film school next year. My oldest is also a talented writer and we have tossed around doing a book together. I think he would write a fantasy.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Absolutely and I still am.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
To cure my dad who has a disease called Multiple Systems Atrophy.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
I am grateful for my readers who are the reason I do what I do. I owe any successes I have to them. They are truly the extension of what I do as a writer.
Sorry, only U.S. and Canada residents may enter. This contest runs from April 2 to May 11 2012. The winner selected will be announced on this blog. It is up to the winner to notify Dorothy at thewriterslife (at) gmail.com to claim your prize. Pump Up Your Book is not responsible for damaged or missing goods. Good luck!