A little something about Alexandra:
Alexandra is a Puerto Rican woman who currently lives in New York. She loves to cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and most of all, write. She married her high school sweetheart and the two are looking forward to a bright future together. Alexandra is known best for her bright smile, big heart and a shoulder that can always be leaned on.
Questions and Answers:
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first realized that I wanted to become a writer when I was ten years old. I used to come home every day from school, do my homework then write little, short stories for kids. I loved doing that every day. I even remember using an entire notebook that my mom bought me for school just to write stories. Because of this, eventually my mom wound up buying me a journal to write in, saying in Spanish, "The books I buy for you are for school."
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
It doesn't take me long as I view this as a full-time job because of the pandemic. I'm not working now, so I put all of my efforts into writing my book.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Usually, from the moment I wake up I begin working on my books, and to be honest, sometimes I even break night writing. One time I stayed up all night and didn't go to bed until 11 AM the next morning. My husband sometimes worries about me because I write so much and he feels I don't get enough sleep, but when I have a great plot in my head, I can't stop.
4. What would you say is your unique writing quirk?
My unique writing quirk would be that I listen to R&B music and in particular, the artist, The Weekend, often as I'm writing. Another writing quirk is that throughout my stories, every now and then I’ll write about some of the things I've experienced in real life.
5. Whether it be traditional, self, or storybook apps, how do you find the publishing process?
Currently, I've just published my first book on Amazon. The process was overwhelming as I did everything myself along with my husband. I'm not perfect nor is my story but that just pushes me to continue to learn and try harder.
6. How much of your writing process involves research in your subject matter or plot?
When I first published my book on Wattpad last year I had no idea what I was signing myself up for. I always wanted to publish my story but never had the guts to do so. When I finally did, I realized I had no idea what I was doing, so I unpublished my book and started researching the different plots of my story and ever since then my writing has gotten immensely better.
7. When did you write your first book, and how old were you?
Aside from short stories and poems I’ve never published those until publishing my first novel earlier last year when I was 29 years old.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
READING!!! I love to read anything from romance, erotica, and/or paranormal novels. I've always loved reading. Sometimes my husband has to pull me away from reading so I can spend time with the family. I also like to grab a cup of wine and cozy up with my husband watching funny movies or shows.
9. What does your family think of your writing?
My family fully supports me in anything that I do. They were all excited for me to publish and they all supported me by buying my book.
10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about creating your books (characters, location, plot)?
One of the most surprising things I learned about myself is how creative I am, especially when deciding on characters to add to my stories, as well as their traits and personalities. I've learned that I can do anything I put my mind to.
11. What is it you particularly like about the genre you like?
I love writing about heartbreak. Something about writing your character's soul being crushed pulls me in. I also love when my characters have the happy sweet moments they deserve after everything they've been through.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help others become writers? If so, what are they?
Always believe in yourself. You can do this. Follow your instincts and forget about what others think. Do this for you and nobody else.
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kind of things do they say?
I do. They're always asking me for a new update as soon as they read my most recent chapter. Their feedback is what gets me going.
14. Do you like to create books for your target audience?
I do. However, I'd like to and want to write something different every now and then...
15. What do you think makes a good story?
The plot of the story. I'm in love with a good story plot. The way the characters interact with one another, the words the characters use.
16. How do you handle writer's block, and what do you tell other aspiring authors who may be fighting or fearful about hitting that wall?
I take a rest when I'm dealing with writer's block. I sometimes focus solely on writing, that eventually it hits me that I need to rest. I would tell other aspiring authors that it's okay to rest. Rest your mind. The writing will come back to you; never rush it. Sometimes I'll have writer's block for a week or two, and then suddenly, the urge is back, and I'll have so much to say. Take things at your own pace
I truly enjoy this woman's drive, work ethic, and attention to detail. She takes a subject matter not many of us would touch and she flips the script, creating a heroine that we not only route for to survive, but cheer for when she's beating ass and taking names later. I love how she created a woman who doesn't see herself as a victim, but as a fighter. Yes, she has her moments of self loathing, and self destruction, but at the same time - Jessica wants to be better. It's taking her time, but Alexandra writes her such a way that come hell or high water, her girl will survive and come out stronger. I love her debut book and you will too.