Friday, May 4, 2012

Soapbox Spotlight: Alexia Purdy

Thank you so much for being with us on another installment of the Launch Week edition of Soapbox Spotlight.  Our next special guest visitor, Alexia Purdy, is an incredible paranormal suspense YA author (that's Young Adult for you lamens).  She is now based out of Las Vegas and is here to talk to us about her latest release, Reign of Blood.

Do you want to tell us about yourself?

Well, I’m an author/poet, and I live in Las Vegas NV.  My debut novel, Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale), just released Feb 29th.  I’m pretty excited about it. It’s been a long road.  Reign of Blood, an entirely different series based on a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas and a vampire hunter named April, just released on April 29th. I have been writing since I can remember, lots of short stories and poems scattered about my house.  Writing is my escape and my love.  I have four kids that keep me quite busy. I love them to death, and they keep me grounded. I am also a registered nurse and have been doing that for 11 years now. I love the freedom writing gives me, and I’m enjoying the journey.

Wow!  You've got your hands full!  What inspires you to write and why?

Words are amazing; put them one way, and you can evoke emotion, leave someone breathless. Another way, you can cause terror and nightmarish landscapes. Yet another, love and inspiration. I am a wordsmith: these are my crafts and designs for the world to enjoy. This alone makes me want to write more and more. I have a huge imagination and to put it down on paper is the only high for me.

What first attracted you to this genre?

I love the YA genre because it’s fun, fresh, and doesn’t have to be super serious. I love it!  [There are] so many amazing writers out there in this genre.  It’s definitely not one to miss for any age.

What inspired you to write your first book, and what was it?

Ever Shade was my first full length novel.  I had always wanted to be a writer, and the idea for this book came to me from a dream I had that I thought would make an awesome story. I made myself write it down and kept going, determined to write a novel. I hope I did it justice; my dream world is quite vast.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

Sitting down and typing it! I am not a patient person; I hate typing and it gets tedious. Music helps relax me while I write--otherwise, I’d never get it done.

How much of the book is based on real events?

Reign of Blood is based on real Las Vegas.  It is a post-apocalyptic story so the rest is made up.  I do try to stay true to the landmarks and the infamous Strip. It is a bit harder than what I did with Ever Shade, which was completely fictional.

What are your current writing projects now?

I just wrapped up the release of Reign of Blood on April 29th. Then I will get going on Book 3 of my Dark Faerie Tale series called Ever Winter, due out sometime in 2013.  I am also working on a super project with some of my fellow authors at my publishing group Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly.  It will be phenomenal.

Sounds incredible!  I'm going to have to keep my eye out for that.  What do you think are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?

Of course the internet, you can do almost everything on there. Sell your book, promote, make connections, advertise…you name it. I take full advantage of it. You can never be too connected. I meet new people every day.  It is important to talk with them, share your life. This is what pulls in those potential readers; yep, they want to know you too, not just your writing.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read a lot, write a lot and support each other.  We can’t do this alone; we are not islands.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I read, listen to music, watch YouTube and play with my kids OUTSIDE! I love nature, not a huge outdoorsy type but I do like to immerse myself in it’s amazing beauty; it’s a serenity I crave.

What are some of your favorites (foods, color, musicians)?

I love Italian and Mexican food. My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite musician is Lisa Hannigan--at the moment anyway; it changes often.

I love Italian and yellow is my favorite color, too!  Wow, it's been wonderful getting to know you, Alexia!  Congratulations on all your success, and thanks for stopping by the party.

Thanks for having me, Raynetta!

Alexia is giving away a free e-book copy of her new release, Reign of Blood!  Winner will be chosen at 9am EST on May 5 from the giveaway entries received on May 1-May 4.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to correspondence and win their prize.  Good luck!

You can find and interact with Alexia at the following links:
Blog:http://alexiapurdy.blogspot.com
Website:www.alexiapurdy.com
Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/AlexiaPurdy @AlexiaPurdy
Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5038699.Alexia_Purdy
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexia-Purdy/141367132649647
Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale) Facebook Fan page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Dark-Faerie-Tale-Series-by-Alexia-Purdy/
Reign of Blood Series Facebook Fan Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reign-of-Blood-series/294556733940025

These are Alexia's incredible books!  You can purchase them at Barnes & Noble and Amazon!

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