Today my guest is Alexis Woods. Alexis and I are both authors at Beaten Track and we’ve co-written a novel together, Metamorphic Heart. In this interview, Alexis is here to talk about her new release, Say You Will.
KC: Alexis, can you tell us about your new book and how you came up with the plot and characters? Also, why baseball?
AW: Say You Will is the next chapter in the life of Aaron Lark (AKA Ace) and his boyfriend, Darren Goldman (AKA Dare). They met in book one, Opening Day, cemented their relationship in book 2, Evading Exodus, and then I posted snippets of them in books 3, 4 and 5. But after three years I felt them calling to me to write the next step. The trick was writing a story where I could bring back in all the other characters who had been created in the Southern Jersey Shores world.
As for baseball… that goes back to Opening Day. When I wrote that story (the first M/M romance I’d ever written) it was time for catchers and pitchers to report for spring training. I went with a theme I knew well, and created characters based on people I knew, myself included.
KC: Out of all the protagonists you’ve written about so far, which one or two do you feel you relate to the most, and why?
AW: Both of these characters, Ace and Dare, are bits of me and my spouse. I’m a pharmacist and my husband works in front store pharmacy management. When I relate interactions within the characters’ work places, those are true and heartfelt reality. Because they are me, I’m drawn to write a piece of their story ever year. I just can’t let them go.
KC: Let’s talk about tropes and genres. What are some of your favorites, some of your least favorites, and why?
AW: It’s hard for me to discuss tropes as I’m fairly open to all of them. I do enjoy May/December romances, more so than second-chance ones. I love seeing characters meet “the one.” That first glance that makes them go “Wow!”
I’m more into genres. I won’t touch horror and dislike a lot of suspense. Give me action stories such as military or sports, and I’ll be swooning over those men. I love reading BDSM of all forms, but steer clear of zombies (*shudders*) and books that involve beards (using women as covers) whenever possible. I’ll devour mpreg, but limit my MC (motorcycle clubs) intake. I love a good fantasy, more so than science fiction, having grown up with Anne McCaffrey and reading all the great YA fantasy authors in the library. In historical fiction, I lean towards Roman and Greek, early medieval, over Regency times, mostly in lieu of the fact that my family and I are medieval reenactors with the Society for Creative Anachronism.
KC: I know you recently traveled to England to meet up with Beaten Track Publishing’s Debbie McGowan, her family, and numerous BTP authors. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
AW: Over one year ago, Debbie McGowan introduced the idea to the authors of BTP about having a get-together in England. I literally jumped on this chance, not only to meet the authors I interact with online at least weekly with, but using this opportunity to see England for the first time. My husband and I left the kids with Grandma, and flew across the Atlantic for 8 days of meet and greet and exploration.
It was both nerve wracking and incredibly joyful to meet these amazing people who all work so diligently at creating works of art. Not everyone I met was a writer, some were proofreaders and editors and sensitivity readers, but I am so thankful for the experience. Those authors in attendance were Roe Harvot, Hans Hirshi, AM Liebowitz, Julie Pyke, Sheila McKenna, Graham West, Dawn Sister, and Debbie McGowan. It was particularly gratifying to meet Amy, AM Liebowitz. She and I along with two other authors had just spent the last several months sprinting one to two days a week. In between sprints there was plenty of smack talk and getting to know you stuff, that meeting each other in the flesh simply cemented the friendship we’d already cultivated.
KC: Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month (June)? What are you working on if you are?
AW: While I am not participating in anything in June, I do participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. In April, I did not complete my intended project, but did create two short stories. One (based on previously created characters) which will be added to a novel I’m planning on completing in 2019 and another for inclusion in a new anthology by my publisher Beaten Track Publishing. I also completed the editing for Say You Will.
For July’s camp I’m hoping to complete the first draft of a complete revision and addition to Moondrake. I’d written Moondrake several years ago for an event sponsored by Goodreads, but had left the end dangling. Originally it was about 40k in length, currently it’s still uncompleted and totals over 80k. Moondrake is M/M/M, sci-fi, shape-shifter, mpreg, and with luck will be available by the end of 2018 or early 2019.
KC: What will we be seeing from you in the future?
AW: In addition to completing Moondrake and finishing revision edits on Metamorphic Heart (co-written by your host, K.C. Faelan), I’m planning on dedicating the remainder of this year and next year to finishing/writing two novels. The first one I started in 2014, a cold-case mystery with a touch of M/M/M romance—I’m bound and determined to get it done in 2019—and the second will be the third book in the Chosen Angels series. I’m still deciding on whether it will be Nate’s or Theo’s story, both are sitting on my shoulders demanding they be next. Nate’s storyline is a lot more complicated than Theo’s, who I suspect will have a short novel than Judah’s was (Hammer’s Thief).
There’s also still supposed to be a co-authored work with Francu Godgluck in his Gods and Monsters series, but I’m not sure when that will be completed. We’d started the story, but then both of us went off to work on individual projects.
Additionally, I suspect you’ll see another installment in the Southern Jersey Shores series in 2019, and expect to see an anthology available in print by the end of this year of all six original short stories.
KC: Thanks for visiting, Alexis. It was great having you here and learning about you, and your writing projects.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Say You Will
Release: 4, June 2018
Publisher: Beaten Track
Genre: LGBTQ, Romance and Relationships, Pure Romance – M/M, Adult
Series: Southern Jersey Shores
Three years ago, Darren Goldman had no idea the man he met on his first day of work in
a new town would become the man he’d been waiting for his whole life. With Ace’s birthday approaching, Dare sets out to do the impossible: surprise his boyfriend with a party and a proposal.
“Can’t be done,” they said. “Never work.” “Don’t bother.” “Are you sure you want to do this?”
He’d prove them wrong. He was sure of it, until he wasn’t.
Book 6 in the Southern Jersey Shores series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Always an avid reader and colorful dreamer, it was only a matter of time before taking pen to paper, oftentimes literally. Every story I write has a song or theme, sometimes both, that emcompass them because I’m a firm believer in every song tells a story and every story has a song. I sing under my breath, tap my toes and swing my hips, much to the delight of my co-workers and friends. I freely admit that becoming a romance author is the best mid-life crisis a girl could ever have.
I’m an: Anachronist, Coffee Lover, Daughter/Dancer, Friend/Fighter, Jewish, Khazar, Lover/Leader, Mother/Medievalist, Novice/Nightowl, Opinionated, Pharmacist, Romantic/Reenactor, Sister/Scout, Traveler, Visionary, Wife/Writer.
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