Author Alyssa Fox juggles being a full time wife and mother of four with being a full time author. She creates tantalizing romances from her home in the mountains of West Virginia. Her debut novel ROAD TO RECOVERY was published May 5, 2011 and is available in e-book format from Pink Petal Books. Ms. Fox has also recently sold her second book Bound to Protect to her publisher. This is an exciting time for Ms. Fox and I am pleased to introduce you to this inspiring new author who promises "sizzling romance to leave you breathless."
1.First I would like to congratulate you on the publication of your first book Road to Recovery. How has your life changed since becoming a published author?
It really hasn’t changed too much. Unless you count that it’s gotten busier with deadlines in between taking care of the family and writing.
2.You describe your writing as “sizzling romance that leaves you breathless” and “on the edge of erotic.” What is the difference between traditional romance novels and erotica? Where do your novels fit between the two?
The biggest difference between what I’d call regular romance and erotic is there’s more sex in erotic novels. There is no such thing as a closed door when it comes to sex and explicit love scenes with graphic or strong language. It’s not just writing sex into the book that makes it erotic, as there is still a hero and heroine developing a relationship, but, the sex is part of the plot. You could remove the sex, and the story could still stand on its own. I never thought I’d be writing erotic, but it just flows as I write. I’ve tried to tame down my love scenes, but it just doesn’t happen.
3.In the past romance novel seemed to follow a simple formula, boy meets girl, they fall in love have a disagreement, make up and live happily ever after. They were feel good books. Now the stories are a little more complicated containing more mystery, murder, fantasy ect… Have our taste changed as readers or is it a reflection of the world around us?
I think it’s a little bit of both; of course things happening in the world change us. I know for me even my taste in books has changed over the years.
4.Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?
My favorite authors right now would be Shayla Black, Maya Banks, Leah Braemel, Chloe Cole, Delaney Diamond, just to name a few. I have tons; my Kindle is loaded with books from authors I love. What I’m reading now is Leah Braemel’s book Deliberate Deceptions.
5.What are your goals as a writer?
To write stories that my readers will love as much I did writing them.
6.What was the best writing or publishing advice you have received?
The best I got was never give up because once you do then you’ll never find a home for your book. I’ve not received any bad advice yet.
7.You didn’t initially plan on having a writing career. How did you become a romance writer?
That’s right; it wasn’t even something I thought of. It happened a year and half ago when I was stuck home with all four kids during a snow storm. They were driving me nuts as we were snowed in. I also was home schooling them at the time, so I needed an outlet before I went crazy. I tried my hand at a YA book first, but that took a bad turn, so I started writing a romance novel next. I always had stories running through my head, but never thought to write them down. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
8.How did you feel when your novel Road to Recovery was picked up by Pink Petal Press?
Totally freaking excited, and wasn’t sure I had read the email correctly or not. It was after midnight when I checked my mail once more, and there it sat. I screamed, and nearly scared the crap out of my husband. I asked him if it said what I thought it said and I was shaking so freaking bad. It’s safe to say I didn’t sleep at all that night.
9.Please tell us about your book Road To Recovery.
Dr. Erin Miller and Dr. Kyle Reynolds are competing for a coveted mentoring position at Maple Forge Memorial Hospital. They plan on pulling out all the stops. But their careers and their desires collide, tangling their past with their future and giving them a chance for love.
10.What are you working on now?
Well, I just turned in another book to my editor with characters from Road to Recovery. Now I’m working on a single title erotic suspense.
11. Will your book be available in paperback in the future? Yes.
12. Do you plot or pants?
I plot out everything before writing. Now sometimes my first chapter isn’t plotted because the characters are being a pain, but everything else after that is. I used to go by the seat of my pants, and would get stuck a lot and plotting has helped that.
13. How long does it take you to write and edit your books?
It depends on the book how long it takes me. I can get a first draft done in 6 weeks, then I take sometimes a month to do my editing. So from the start to finish 2-3 months before a book is finished and polished.
Lexi’s note : You need to teach me how to do that. It takes me forever to write my first draft. I’m easily distracted by shiny things like the internet. lol
14. Do you write to a specific word count or write until the story is complete?
I write to a specific word count that I want for that book. I even have a certain word count I want per chapter depending on what my total word count needs to be.
Thank you Alyssa for being my guest today. I wish you much success in your writing career and cannot wait to read ROAD TO RECOVERY available now from Pink Petal Books .