Alicia: I write both romantic suspense and paranormal. I was first published in 2007 through The Wild Rose press. Since then, I’ve had several titles released through them, along with a paranormal through Dorchester, and two self-published books that are part of a suspense series. My latest paranormal romance, Soul Seducer, will be released through Adam’s Media’s new romance line on June 4th. I’m sooo excited to be a launch author for them.
I’ve always loved to read–still do although I don’t have as much time for pleasure reading as I’d like–and have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I love writing, and especially love it when I hear back from a reader who enjoyed my books. There’s no rush quite like that.
Callie: I agree, there is no rush like that. Tell us, what does your family think of your writing?
Alicia: My family is very proud. They’re extremely supportive, and I feel truly blessed. My dad passed away in ’94. I would have loved for him to know I’d realized my life-long dream of becoming a published author. He was proud and encouraging, just knowing I had the desire. He would definitely be one of my strongest supporters.
Callie: I’m sure he’s up in heaven boasting about his daughter’s success. So, what do you think makes a good story?
Alicia: I think a good story will hold a reader’s interest where they don’t want to put it down and can’t wait to find out what happens next, have some kind of impact on them (emotional impact, scaring the bejesus out of them J, something), and hopefully stay with them even when the book has ended.
Callie: So true. I love it when a book really touches me. What are you working on now?
Alicia: I am working on a gothic romance novella series with Mel Odom, and I will be writing a sequel to Soul Seducer soon.
Callie: You are one very busy lady. And now we want to know, do you love or hate writing sex scenes?
Alicia: Neither. While writing sex scenes is not my favorite part, I don’t mind writing them. However, I don’t like to write long, extended, detailed sex scenes. In my stories that have those, it was per my editor’s suggestion. J My personal preference is to give enough so the readers know how the characters are affected, but not go on for pages and pages.
Callie: I find most authors have a particular way of writing sex scenes. What was your reaction when you got the first “call”
Alicia: I was thrilled…elated beyond belief. In all the years I’d spent dreaming about the moment, the reality of it was much better than I imagined. Although the feeling isn’t quite the same as it was the first time, each time I get a contract offer, I’m absolutely ecstatic.
You can catch Alicia hanging out here: www.AliciaDean.com
Her fabulous book trailer is here: http://bit.ly/GByIJa
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