This week Australian Alexis Fleming is out on the Cyber Circuit. She says she’s one of those strange people who live inside their mind. No, she doesn’t hear little voices… Well, she does, just not the type you’re thinking of. Alexis’ world is peopled with interesting characters and exciting possibilities that come to life in each and every book she writes. Her first love has always been romance, whether on this world or the next. Hot, sizzling relationships with a dash of comedy and a few trials and tribulations thrown in to test her characters.
When she’s not tied to her computer creating sizzling stories to tempt her readers, she helps run a busy motel set on the edge of a national marine park in Australia. What better place to get inspiration for the tales she turns out? A glorious sunset over the ocean, dolphins playing almost in her front yard, suntanned bodies lazing on the sand… How could she not get caught up in the eroticism of that?
Alexis has a new release, coauthored with Lyn Cash, called PANDEMONIUM. Here’s the blurb:
The love doctor is in…but can he take a dose of his own medicine?
Pan, the Arcadian god of lust and magic, has had enough of his restricted existence hidden away on Arcadia. When Cupid, the Greek god of love, suggests he live on Earth, Pan decides to give it a go.
Pan establishes himself as the luuuuuv doctor and announcer for a nighttime romantic music slot with a local radio station. He plays his pan-pipes, enthralling all who listen. Cupid warns Pan that his days of playing fast and loose with women’s emotions are numbered. Sure enough, Pan meets Kris, the woman who takes him to task. The leather-wearing, Harley-riding, hard-ass psychologist has her own agenda, and it doesn’t include him. Before he knows what’s happening, she has turned the table on the god, and he’s smitten.
Kris is exactly the right medication, the perfect dose for the nomadic God of Lust, who has finally found a love of his own.
To read an excerpt go here.
I chatted with Alexis about her writing and asked her some probing questions.
In which of your books is the heroine most like yourself?
I hate to admit it but I think there’s a little bit of me in every book I write. I guess it comes back to that ‘write what you know’ thing. I pull on situations I’ve been in or emotions I’ve experienced to flesh out my characters. Not consciously, but when I read over what I’ve written, I’m able to track it back to something that has happened in my life.
Then there’s the fact that most of my heroines are quirky, weird, irreverent, sassy-mouthed, fiercely loyal, and just plain crazy at times. Lol Guess you could say that’s me to a large degree.
What does your writing space look like?
I am truly spoilt when it comes to my writing space. We have a three bedroom residence above reception and I’ve taken over one of the bedrooms for an office. Thank God it’s a big room, because it does tend to get cluttered at times. Two walls are filled with bookcases. What books don’t fit on the shelves get packed into cane baskets and lined up underneath the shelves. One end of the office is taken up with my desk and filing cabinets, and my jewelry-making worktable. Then there’s the wall-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open out onto a balcony, and the two tub chairs placed strategically in front of the doors so I can see out over fabulous Jervis Bay. Nothing nicer when I need a break than sitting there watching the sea. Jervis Bay is a national marine park and if I’m really lucky, I can see the dolphins playing in the water just opposite my balcony.
What is the strangest thing anyone has said to you about your writing?
Being accused of selling porn along with the bacon and eggs.
We had an old lady staying here, and once I’d been outed at the Motelier who wrote “dirty” books (the journalist’s words, not mine), my hubby started putting one of my bookmarks on the breakfasts trays before they went out. This old dear ate her breakfast, which I had cook with my loving hands, and then checked out. The next thing I knew, the police were coming to call. She’d reported me for selling porn. Lol The police officer about cracked it when he realized what it was all about. In fact, he wanted to buy a couple of my books for his wife.
What do you wear while you’re writing?
If I could, I’d probably slouch around all day in my nightie. Or alternatively, nothing but a sarong. Given that’s not possible because I might have to go down to answer the bell in reception at any moment, I’m usually in my work uniform of polo shirt and cargo pants. Sorry, no feather boas and diamonds for this writer.
You can visit Alexis at her website or blog or MySpace. If you have any questions for Alexis, please post them below.