An Interview with Lexi Ander
Thank you, Cate, for hosting me today!
How do you think your writing has developed since you started?
Thank goodness, yes. The mechanics of writing has improved but I still have a ways to go. I'm also not as tentative to writing what comes. There were times that I agonized over something like the subject or character type. "Nobody will be interested in that." Now I trust myself more and don't feel guilty for writing what I'd like to read. ^_^
Do you read reviews? How do you deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Sure, I read the reviews from certain reviewers/bloggers, usually people I follow and understand their style. I know what to expect. But when it comes to GoodReads or Amazon, I tend to shy away unless I need to know how something was received. There have been times I regretted it, so I don't go there if I don't have to.
Reviews are for the readers. I know when I put my work out for public consumption there will be some people who'll love the story and others who won't. That's perfectly okay. It's nice (okay, great) to know that someone loved the story, but sometimes it's hard to swallow when someone loathes the story with a passion. I had to learn to keep from taking something like that personally. If I can't get in the right frame of mind then I fall back on the husband. He'll read the reviews and give me the barebones critique. Something like, "I despised Tristan because he's so whiny I wondered if he needed a diaper." The husband's translation, "They don't like Tristan."
If I'm frustrated with a review, my house is cleaned spotless and then I go on a book buying spree. A new book makes everything better. ^_^
Is there a couple or character from another book you would love to have appear in one of your stories?
Gent, from Keeping Faith. He's a paid assassin, something he was forced into by his uncle. I would love to see in cameo in other stories… the only problem is that the majority of what I write is Fantasy/Sci-Fi. Keeping Faith is one of my only two contemporary stories. I still might so it anyway. LOL
Is there a character in any of your books that you didn't plan on—a character who forced their way into the story?
In Sumeria's Sons, the character Corey Bahar, Tristan's Arms Master. I had only intended him to be light secondary character. As the series progressed, he became more real, more integral to the story and plot than I originally envisioned. He's also turned out to be one of my favorite characters. I may have to write him his own story later on.
When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
I haven't had to say goodbye, yet. Sumeria's Sons is wrapping up. I'm working on the sixth and final installment. Even though I enjoy playing in this world, it's time for the main characters to have their HEA. They've been put through enough drama. But even then, I've been thinking about following a couple other storylines in the same world but with different characters. So the goodbye will probably only be temporary, not that they would be featured proximately but they'll be there in the background. I don't know what I would do if I put it all to rest. O.O
Are your friends and family supportive of your writing?
I hit the jackpot when it comes to support from friends and family. My husband was on board from the being and he's the one who gave me a shove. I don't know how I got to lucky to have him in my life. There are some people in my family who don't agree with what I write but they haven't been mean or condescending. LOL it's like the pink elephant in room they don't want to talk about. I have other family members who are just as stalwart as my husband and I know just how special that is. I couldn't ask for more.
Thank you for having me by!!
About the Author
Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
Web site: http://www.lexiander.com
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