Today we have with us paranormal romance author Alexis Morgan. Alexis, thanks so much for stopping by to chat. Your latest book in the Talions series, Dark Warrior Untamed, hits the shelves on July 27th. Can you tell us a little bit about what the book's about?
Dark Warrior Untamed is the third book in the Talion series. Grey Danby has just been appointed as the top Talion, the warrior class of the Kyth people. An outsider, he’s working hard to earn the trust of the Grand Dame while he protects her from a series of vicious attacks. His efforts are complicated when he falls in love with the Dame’s lovely assistant, who has her own secrets to protect.
What or who was the inspiration for your decision to write?
I met my first author, Janice Kay Johnson, over twenty years ago. As our friendship grew, I became fascinated by what she was doing. She encouraged me to try my own hand at writing and held my hand while I took those first tentative steps toward writing my first book. We’re still great friends and often brainstorm together when one of us has a new project to work on.
Just out of curiosity, how long did it take you to get published?
My first manuscript never sold, but my second one did. Although it didn’t take me long to sell that first book, the company went out of business right before the release of my second book. It was seven years between my first sale and the next new project. Seven l-o-n-g years. My first two stories were short contemporary romances, and I had to change genres before I could finally sell a new book. I wrote about ten American West historicals before switching directions again to write paranormals.
What's your favorite thing about writing? Your least favorite thing?
I love brainstorming new ideas and seeing them take shape as the characters become real to me. My least favorite part is the frustration when a story goes off track and I can’t quite put my finger on why. That’s when I call a friend to bat around ideas. Often just talking the problem out provides the solution.
What do you think is one of the most common mistakes beginning writers make?
I think the hardest thing to learn is how to set goals that will get you where you want to go and working to achieve those goals. Part of that is learning discipline about getting the pages written on a consistent basis.
Are you planning on writing any more in your Paladins of Darkness series?
Thanks for asking! I have three Paladin stories coming out next year. Two are being released in back-to-back months early in the summer. The third is a novella in an anthology with Susan Sizemore. I’m really excited about that. I also just wrote a proposal for what would be the tenth book in the series.
Again, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us. I wish you lots of success, and I hope you'll continue to write about the characters and worlds we've all grown to love. To learn more about Alexis and her books you can find her at http://www.alexismorgan.com/