Okay we’re on a roll, the final author for this month is Alexis Rose! Alexis touches on very important issues that many people face in life. It’s a pleasure to interview her. Let’s get to know her style… over to you Ms. Rose
Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
Hello, Thank You for including me in your author spotlight, Kim. My name is Alexis Rose and I live in Minnesota. Besides writing, I love to be with my family and friends. I unwind by practicing yoga and spending time outside. I work part-time doing the marketing for a couple of wellness centers, and enjoy teaching beginning writing classes.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
Writing came into my life purely by accident. I had never written anything more than letters or birthday cards, until seven years ago. A friend of mine wanted to know what it felt like for me living with PTSD. Because it’s such an invisible illness, she was at a loss on how to support me. At the time, I was unable to verbalize what it felt like to anyone, let alone to myself. I went home, thought about what I would like to say, and I wrote my first poem. After showing it to her, she told me I had to start writing. I showed the poem to a few other friends, and was invited to collaborate with a couple of artists, using my poetry paired with their artwork. Three successful inspirational books later, I had developed a fierce love of writing. I took the chance to write on my own, and 18 months ago my memoir was published.
What genre do you enjoy reading?
I read a lot of books on mindfulness. I absolutely love reading historical fiction. I don’t think I have one author who is my favorite, but I love an author who does their research. I have a pretty good BS meter and don’t like a lot of filler in a book. I’m a person who will sit down with a book and escape into the character’s world. I simply love good books. I read both non-fiction and fiction at the same time. It makes both sides of my brain really happy.
Kim: haha BS meter, that’s a good one.
Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could what genre would you like to dabble in?
I would absolutely love to be able to write fiction. I’m so amazed by the women in my writing group, who create fabulous novels and mysteries. Some of their characters even have their own successful blogs. Amazing!
Kim: there is no try, you do! Give it ago.
What has been your most proud moment as an author?
I love this question! I continue to be humbled and extremely grateful when I hear that my book has resonated with a reader. Either by inspiring them, giving them something to think about or feeling like they are not alone. I can honestly say that every time I receive that feedback, I feel as proud as the first time that someone reached out to me and let me know.
Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?
Yes, during the editing process of all four books I wrote. Even thinking about it now, gives me the shivers!
Kim: hmm umm! I hear that.
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I’m compelled to write, so I’m probably a little of both. I may have an idea that nags at me until I write it down, or all of a sudden, a poem will just burst out of my fingers.
What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?
Do not think about the editing process or if your book will be published.
Do not let anyone deter you or tell you that you cannot be a successful author.
Kim: Love the last tip. Straight to the point too.
What are you working on now? What will you release next?
I’m working on two collaborations at the moment. One is a screenplay and the other one is a compilation of inspirational poems paired with beautiful watercolor paintings.
Kim: aww painting, do keep us posted on this.
What would you like readers to know?
I would like my readers to know, how much I appreciate the time they take to buy, read and positively review Untangled. This book is my memoir, and it’s a story of pretty significant challenges. When I wrote the book, I emerged from the shadows after a life of hiding behind threats and the fear that I should never talk about what happened to me. The resilience of surviving my life, and the courage to live everyday with PTSD is what I hope comes through as inspiring and gratifying to my readers.
So… where can we get your books?
You can purchase Untangled, A story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph on Amazon. My book is available in both print and ebook formats. Here are the links:
And that’s a wrap guys, lovely to have a so many authors on this month, non fiction, crime, children’s books. What a great month! I’ll see you next month with some more great authors. If you’d like a feature contact me here.
To connect with Alexis:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Alexis-Rose-700444583389087
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org