Lexi George Interview
Happy Friday Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Lexi George to our sites today.
She grew up surrounded by cotton fields and wide open spaces. She was a major tomboy. Dressed in a boy cousin’s hand-me-downs, she ran barefoot, climbed trees, played in ditches, and picked sun-warmed dew berries off their prickly vines. Sometimes, her parents drove her into town to play with her city cousins. They played dress-up, made forts, charged up and down dirt mounds in noisy games of King of the Hill and chased the mosquito truck on their bikes.
Lexi’s mother was a high school English teacher who instilled in her daughter a love of reading and books. The muse first struck Lexi in the third grade, when she began to write poetry. Bad poetry.
She continued to flay the English language throughout high school and college.
And then she went to law school and the muse left her.
The muse HATED law school.
Lexi wasn’t too crazy about it either, especially the rule against perpetuities, but with a public relations major and English minor, it seemed the sensible thing to do.
After passing the Alabama state bar exam on her first attempt, Lexi got a job as an appellate attorney with a big state agency where she’s happily worked ever since. Her day job involves writing briefs and reading criminal transcripts – transcripts where people do rude things to one another.
In Lexi’s experience, the human capacity for rudeness is unlimited. No doubt, a daily diet of man’s inhumanity to man . . . and woman . . . and children . . . and dogs and cats is somewhat responsible for Lexi’s desire to escape reality in the pages of a good book. Preferably a romance, her favorite genre.
Some fifteen years ago, the muse abruptly returned from Fiji or Wawbeek or wherever the heck she went, and Lexi started writing again. Novels, not poetry. She joined a writer’s group and wrote and wrote and wrote.
DEMON HUNTING IN DIXIE, a paranormal romance, is her debut novel. It is peopled with funny characters and sexy demon hunters and lots of supernatural woo woo. And the other kind of ‘woo woo’ as well.
The story has a happy ending.
Since being traumatized by OLD YELLER at the age of nine, Lexi is all about the happily ever after.
As mentioned above, "Demon Hunting In Dixie" was Lexi's debut novel. She then went on to write a short story for the anthology "So I Married A Demon Slayer" with Angie Fox and Kathy Love. Lexi's next full length novel, "Demon Hunting In The Deep South" will be released on July 31, 2012.
If you are not familiar with Lexi's extremely humorous and witty books, check out the synopses below. We know you're gonna love em'.
"Demon Hunting in Dixie"
"So I Married a Demon Slayer" - Anthology
“Hot!” by By Kathy Love
At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mail room guys are undercover demon slayers, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth to fall in love.
“What Slays In Vegas” by Angie Fox
When a sexy succubus comes up against a fearless demon slayer intent on killing her boss, a truly wild Vegas night turns into a quickie wedding. But in a city where anything goes, a demon slayer wedding a succubus is strictly forbidden. Which doesn’t mean either is rushing to jump out of the marriage bed.
"Demon Hunting in the Deep South"
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Suddenly, Evie is the Number One suspect in a sensational murder case. But she’s got bigger problems. Hannah is infested with demons—soul sucking, body snatching creatures of evil—and, for some reason, they want Evie. The only thing standing between Evie and death or possible possession is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar.
Ansgar is a Dalvahni warrior, a supernaturally gorgeous race whose sole purpose is to hunt down and capture rogue demons.
Evie could almost swear that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. He seems interested in her. Ridiculous, of course, because he’s sex on two legs and she’s…
Well, she’s Whaley Douglass.
To add to Evie’s troubles, Meredith doesn’t even have the decency to stay dead. She shows back up as a ghost and she’s more of a beyotch than ever. Meredith has deathnesia—she can’t remember who killed her—leaving Evie to solve the mystery herself, or go to jail for a murder she didn’t commit.
They sound amazing don't they? Well….before ya'll head over and start buying them from your favorite bookseller, let's get started with the interview so you can learn more about this wonderful author….
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Lexi! Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us! We’re happy to have you with us today!
Lexi: I’m thrilled to be here! I am never too busy to talk about writing and I appreciate the opportunity to be with you.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Lexi: I’m a theater geek. My husband and I met doing community theater 25 years ago. The play was Oliver! He was Bill Sykes and I was the humble rose seller. Both our daughters have inherited the acting bug and love to be on stage.
I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year and I like haggis.
I can cook some darn good fried chicken, although I don’t do it much anymore. Too busy!
2) What are some hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?
Lexi: I used to love to scrap book and take photos of my kids, but that went by the wayside as I started to write more and more. I crochet, but I suck at it. The most I can manage are the easy peasy patterns. But I’ found a hat pattern for idiots on the internet that I can handle. So, now I crochet when I’m stressed out. It relaxes me.
Other than that, it’s all about the writing, since I work full time and have a busy teenager.
3) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Lexi: I wrote poetry until I went to law school, but the urge to write a book hit me about 16 years ago. I had this story in my head and it wouldn’t leave me alone. I started writing and that was that. I was hooked.
4) What made you decide to start writing in the paranormal romance genre?
Lexi: I love romance of all kinds. I started reading romance when I was 13 years old and discovered Georgette Heyer in the local drugstore. The first two books I wrote were fantasy novels. When I hit a dead end in trying to get them published, I turned to romance, my first love. Honestly, I got the idea to write a paranormal romance from the website Romance Junkies. They had a contest that offered feedback on the first chapter of a paranormal romance and I thought, What the heck! I sat down with a couple of friends and brainstormed ideas, and came up with the demon hunter concept. I wrote the first chapter and my writer’s group encouraged me to continue with it. Demon Hunting in Dixie was the result.
5) How long did it take you to get published?
Lexi: I’ve been writing for 16 years and actively seeking publication for the last five. I received over 100 rejections on my fantasy novels and started writing Demon Hunting in Dixie because I was so discouraged. I wrote it one year and sold it the next. And, by the way, I got 43 rejections on the book that sold!
6) Do you have any writing quirks or things that you can't go without to start the writing process?
Lexi: I usually start my writing with a prayer for guidance and inspiration. It helps to calm and center me. I’m a linear writer, which means I’m slow as molasses—I revise as I go. I think I write this way because of my day job. I’m an appellate attorney for a big state agency, which means I write briefs for a living. We don’t have the luxury of doing drafts in our office. Our caseload is too heavy. That habit has spilled over into my writing.
I’m also a pantser, so sometimes things are slowed down because I am feeling my way through the story.
I do have to have a dictionary and a thesaurus when I write. Can’t do without them.
7) Who are some of the authors that have inspired you to start writing?
Lexi: Oh, my goodness, so many! My love of books started in elementary school with books like Little Women and the Little House on the Prairie books. In romance, my influences are Georgette Heyer, Lisa Kleypas, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Loretta Chase, to name a few. I am also a huge Harry Potter nerd and I loved Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
8) How many books do you have planned for the DEMON HUNTING series?
Lexi: I have a contract for three books, but ideas for nine. We shall have to see how the first three do! Wink, wink. Nod, nod.
9) What's next for Lexi George? What other projects do you have planned in the upcoming months?
Lexi: I am hard at work on book three, Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, with my head down and trying to make my deadline!
10) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Lexi: Romance readers are the best, most loyal readers in the world and I am tickled pink to be doing what I do. I am blessed beyond measure and I know it!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Thank you so much Lexi for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us. We are looking forward to the release of "Demon Hunting In The Deep South" and we would love to have you back on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION in July to help celebrate and promote the release.
Lexi: I would love to come back, any time. Thanks for having me here and for being so generous and supportive to a newbie like me!
If you would like to find out more about Lexi and her books, you can visit her WEBSITE and, you can follow her on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and GOODREADS
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