1. What genre(s) do you write?
I like to call it historical romantic suspense, though I’m not sure that’s a real genre. But what’s love without a little danger?
2. Coffee or tea lover?
If it’s caffeinated, this girl drinks it.
3. Name one thing on your bucket list.
Currently, it’s learning to play guitar. I’ve borrowed my son’s instrument and am trying to teach myself. But, um, I’m not so good.
4. Do you have pets?
Oh, I sure do have pets! Grumpy Puck is our a 19 year old cat. I’m sure you can figure out why she’s grumpy. Then there’s Scatter-Cat who is into everything, and Ajax, who is scared of his own shadow. Literally! I featured them in my book trailer for IN BED WITH A SPY. Because if you have a bunch of cats running around, why not use them for a trailer?
5. When I wake up every morning I… Stagger to the coffee pot. See #2.
6. Weirdest or unique thing you own.
Oh, this item is very, very dear to my heart. I have the pictures that hung above my grandparent’s bed for 60 years. One is a piece of music titled with his name, the other hers. They hang side by side in my home office now, in their original frames with the original construction paper mattes. They are a reminder when I write a romance that I’m writing about the good and the bad in a relationship, the laughter and the tears. You can’t get through 60 years without both, and I hope my readers leave my books believing that whatever life throws at my characters, they will overcome it. Together. Because my grandparents sure did.
7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
I play the piano (badly), knit (yet more badly), and embarrass my son (very well). That scarf is one of the very first things I knitted—I keep it for when I lose my “good” winter scarves and need a standby.
8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
Two things. First, I hope that they have the “ahhhhh….” moment. Second, I *try* to write relationships that involve strong women, and men who are not afraid of that strength. Also, strength doesn’t always mean kicking in a door—sometimes true strength is just being patient when you need to be.
Meet Alyssa Alexander
Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes.
Jones, born in the rookeries, was saved as a young boy and trained to be an elite spy. He serves His Majesty in espionage, hunting rogue spies.
Cat Ashdown is a baroness. She knows every detail of every estate that commands the largest income in Britain—yet her father placed her inheritance in trust to her uncle who is forcing her to marry against her will.
The baroness’s battle against law and convention leads her to Jones and results that are surprising … and possibly unwanted.
Winner is Shannon C!
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