Questions for Authors: choose from list
- Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? The Magnus Blackwell Series began as a short story by Lucas Astor. Alexandrea Weis took the topic and expanded it adding her details of New Orleans and her knowledge of voodoo. What appealed to me was the element of ghosts and the potential to take the characters to a variety of settings. What makes this series unique is the way New Orleans is seen, from the perspective of someone who grew up and lives there, and the topic of voodoo. I believe it is the most unique voodoo/ghost story out there.
- How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? I never take long. I may make a few notes, but in general, I just start writing.
- How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? Since I grew up in New Orleans and lived next door to a voodoo priestess, there wasn’t a lot of research involved. Most things in the story were well-known to me.
- What resources do you use? In general, and for the last book that you wrote? I use a variety of resources on the Internet and in old books whose content isn’t available online. Some of the best research any writer can do takes place inside the pages of a physical book. The older volumes that have not found their way to the internet are the most useful for any research.
- How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience? I know several local police officers and approach them when needed.
- How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? I have received several rejections from publishers and agents, but this novel was accepted right away from the publisher because of its unique storyline.
- Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up? I am a hybrid author and published several books, e-book and paperback on my own. I also had another publisher before I came to Vesuvian.
- Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? With the way the publishing world is today, self-publishing is an education every author should go through. Publishers are more willing to work with self-published authors because they know what it takes to get a book out, and they have the readers behind them.
- Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened? Never depend on writing for an income. Many writers do not make enough to live on. Just plan on not making anything and indulge your passion and you will never be disappointed in your royalty checks. This is not a business you do for the money.
- What is your favourite genre? Paranormal and Thrillers
- Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why? No. I think every author should develop their own voice, not recreate another.
- What have you done with the things you wrote when in school? I have turned many of those short stories into novels and series.
- Which of your books are you most proud of? My upcoming release in May 2019, Realm. It is the story of the wife of Alexander the Great and was meticulously researched. It is a story I wanted to write since the age of sixteen when I first learned about her life. She is one of the forgotten women in history who lived an extraordinary life in an exceptional time in history.
- Do you have an unusual hobby? I am a wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. I do not get paid, but take care of orphaned and injured wildlife because of my love for animals. When I am not writing, this is my other passion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals. Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)