I am excited to have Alexis as my guest on the blog today.
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
Her latest book, A Second Chance, came out January 25th.
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
Hi, Alexis! Thank you so much for joining us today. I see that you had a new release in January. A SECOND CHANCE sounds like a great book and the cover is just beautiful! Tell us a little about yourself.
What is one of the most challenging things you’ve faced as an author?
Alexis: One of the most challenging things I’ve faced as an author is pressing on and moving forward in writing more fictional stories when there’s so much trauma and drama going on in the real world.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Alexis: My favorite thing about being an author is creating fictional characters in fictional story settings and writing their fictional life stories. Lol. I love being able to express my creativity and heart through my characters. It’s an adventure every time I start a new story because I’m a pantser so I never know where the story may take me. However, since my second book, I have become a bit of a plotter.
Nowadays, before I start to write a story, I always get to know my characters now by filling out GMC (Goal/Motivation/Conflict) charts that identify their emotional, spiritual and physical desires. I credit my editor Liz Tolsma for teaching me this skill. Mastering the GMC for my main characters helps me to create a more solid story because I know the characters inside and out.
Melanie: I'm a pantser myself, so I definitely get what you mean about never knowing where a story may take you. I think that's half the fun!
What is your least favorite thing about being an author?
Alexis: My least favorite thing about being an author is having writer’s block!
Melanie: Oh, yes. Writer's block can be so hard to get through at times!
If there was one place you could go to research a book, where would it be?
Alexis: I’d love to go to Paris, France to research a book because I’ve always loved romantic cities and that is definitely one! I’d like to stroll down the cobblestone streets, eat authentic French bread in the fancy little cafes, enjoy dinner at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and take photos of everything I experience there—the food, fashion, scenery, people, etc.
While I’m in Europe, I’d also like to visit London (England) and Spain. I’d love to connect with fellow creative people (writers/photographers/chefs) and explore the culture through the arts, especially the culinary arts! ;)
One more note about this: While in London, I’d like to research The Goring Hotel. It’s a five-star luxury hotel where Princess Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single lady with her bridal party before the morning of her Royal Wedding. Exciting, isn’t it? I know there’s a story there that I may be connected to, and I want to discover it.
Melanie: That all sounds wonderful. I hope you'll get to go on an adventure like that sometime in the future. It would definitely be one you'd never forget.
If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?
Alexis: I’d love to learn how to sing professionally! Music is my love language. When I was growing up, I would choose to buy a new CD over new clothes and snacks with my allowance. As an adult, eating good food wins over buying new music (like, every time) but I still do love the art of song!
Melanie: How awesome! I love to sing, though it would take a miracle for me to sing professionally. lol
What project are you working on now?
Alexis: I’m working on a story about a fictional five-star quality bakery in the heart of a major city and the main characters that love it.
Melanie: That sounds like a great setting for a new story! Thanks again for joining us, Alexis. I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today!
Alexis: You’re welcome. Thanks for interviewing me and hosting me on your blog!