Friday, January 20, 2012

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Lexi George

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.
Lexi grew up in South Alabama in a rural community with one flashing light and a small country store that sold everything from gas to pickled eggs. Her father, a circuit judge, collected clocks — chiming clocks that binged and banged all night long in rhythm with the trains that chugged and wailed down the railroad track not a hundred yards from Lexi’s girlhood home. Needless to say, Lexi is a very sound sleeper. And to this day, the lonely sound of a train whistle does something to her.

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"



A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door…
Looking For Trouble

Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, ‘cause she’s not looking for a man. Mama’s wrong. Addy has looked. There’s just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from—well, not from around here, that’s for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he’s from another dimension.

Addy couldn’t care less where he’s from. He’s gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he’s a whack job. Says he’s come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quite streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what’s going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down…


"So I Married a Demon Slayer" - Anthology

In the lusty humidity of the Deep South, among the neon lights of Vegas, and the glitz of high-fashion, demon slayers are the new sexy…

“The Bride Wore Demon Dust” by Lexi George

He’s perfection in a tuxedo—more so out of it—and on a mission to protect his Alabama gal from the mysterious mayhem intent on her destruction. But the bride is a spunky steel magnolia with special powers of her own, determined to drop-kick evil forces across the state line and give her slayer a run for his money.

“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


The warrior and the wallflower . . .

Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when her nemesis Meredith Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie since the seventh grade, calling her names like The Whale and Thunder Thighs.

Evie tries to stay invisible, but that’s not an easy thing for a plus-sized gal to do in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. She finds it doubly hard to avoid Meredith’s wrath once she takes a job at the lumber mill. You see, Meredith’s husband is Evie’s new boss. Translation: more torture time for The Death Starr.
Evie thinks things couldn’t get much worse until the morning she finds Meredith’s bloody body sprawled across her desk. Typical Meredith, she gets herself dead mere days after a very public scene in which Meredith accuses Evie of having an affair with her husband. Worse, the murder weapon is found in Evie’s car.

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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CONTEST:

 Lexi is giving away an autographed paperback of "Demon Hunting in Dixie" on Book Monster Reviews and an autographed paperback of "So I Married a Demon Slayer" at the LITERAL ADDICTION website.        


TO ENTER:
Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!

50 comments:

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Hey, those books look amazing; I'd love to read them!:D

Haha. But wow, 16 years of writing and over 100 rejections...You determination is really admirable. :)

Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!:)

CYP
cypsays_hi[@]hotmail.com

Allie said...

Thats so great that you did not let those rejections get you down and kept writing. I wish you all the success in the world. Its so important to stay true to what you want, especially since you wanted to be a writer from such a young age. " So I married a demon slayer" looks to be a great read. amotherway@Aol.com

Victoria said...

What an excellent interview! An inspiration to many you must be.
Thanks for the giveaway your books sound wonderful.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Jewel said...

OMG Lexi you are one strong woman. I don't know how you kept going after getting rejected so many times. But I'm glad you didn't give up, otherwise you wouldn't have done this interview that introduced you & your books to me. :)

jewel4jay AT hotmail DOT com

miki said...

great interview and i admire your determination

thanks you for the giveaway

all the best

gfc: miki

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

Shonna said...

Do you construct a schedule and set aside time each day to write or do you just go with the flow as the ideas come to you? One more question, do you have a secret spice or ingredient you use when making fried chicken?
fshasm@cableone.net

Shelley B said...

I'm a follower! I love love these books! I've checked a few out from my library. That's how I first read this author. I admire you for your determination. One of my weaknesses is no patience. At All. Would love to win!

Lexi said...

CYP, I don't know if it's determination or just plain old orneriness. Thanks for stopping by!

Lexi said...

Allie, rejection hurts, no two ways about it. Every time I'd get a 'no thanks' from an agent I'd give myself a day to sing the 'I Suck' song and then I'd get right back on the horse. It was the way I kept from getting discouraged. Thanks for your well wishes and for your interest in SO I MARRIED A DEMON SLAYER. It was great fun to write!

Lexi said...

Thanks, Victoria! So glad you enjoyed the interview. I'm happy to be here with y'all. ;-)

Lexi said...

Jewel, I think I'm just hard headed! Thanks for stopping by. You made me smile!

Lexi said...

Miki, I couldn't walk away from it, for some reason. And I had a lot of wonderful people (friends and family) to encourage me. I'd call and whine to my writer friends and they'd pick me back up, and my husband wouldn't let me quit!

Lexi said...

Shonna, as a busy working mom I grab writing time whenever I can! Last year when I was on deadline for book 2, I had to take a week off work to finish it. I write on my lunch hours and at night and on weekends. I am so darn SLOW that I get aggravated with myself and sometimes panicked, but so far, so good.

Now, as to the fried chicken, no secret spice. Some folks soak their chicken in cold salt water and then dip it in buttermilk, but I just salt mine and fry it. The secret is to get the oil hot (it shimmers when it's hot) and to get it going and then turn it down. I can't stand chicken that's raw next to the bone, so I use a long handled fork to pierce it with so it gets cooked all the way through. I also keep adjusting the temperature. You want it golden, not burned. It's something you learn by doing, I guess!

Lexi said...

Good to meet you, Shelley B! So glad you found me and enjoyed the books! I would never describe myself as patient. Far from it. Just mule headed!

Audra said...

Great job with your writing
please enter me into your contest-- i would love to read your series
audie@wickerness.com

Rebe said...

This sounds great! I'm from Atlanta (and stuck living in the artic north), so I love to read books set in the South! And congratulations on getting your books published after so many years of hard work. That's fabulous!

rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

Lexi said...

Thanks, Audra and Rebe! It's a dream come true for me and I'm having so much fun with it. So glad you popped by!

burbanette said...

These books sound so fun! Definetly going to get these on my goodreads TBR list!
burbanette@yahoo.com

Lexi said...

Thanks, Burbanette! I'm thrilled to be on you TBR list!

Amy said...

Lexi's books look hilarious and have funny titles! I'd love to give them a try.

GFC follower

angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Kristen Heyl said...

It must have been really hard to keep writing after all the rejections but the books sound great so I am glad you did.

sweetreaderma at comcast dot net

Lexi said...

Amy, I like the titles, too! I think they sound like the books. Thanks for stopping by!

Lexi said...

Kristen, it was hard, but it's part of the process. Every writer gets rejected in some way or another, before or after they get published. It stings but you just have to keep on keeping on!

SdyLion said...
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SdyLion said...

The interview was fantastic and i was so glad to have a chance to learn more about you and your novels better.sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading the Demon Hunting series, it sounds fantastic.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower - Barbara E.

Evan Blanc said...

I can't wait to read it!!
evan32_08@yahoo.com

DebbieB said...

Great interview and your books sound fantastic. Will def give it a try. Love to find new authors. Especially from Alabama. Thanks for the giveaway.

Dpbussie@yahoo.com.
I am a follower the blog.

Barb P said...

Hi Lexi! I don't want to be entered into the contest because I am thrilled to say, that I already have a copy of Demon Hunting in Dixie, and frankly I can not say enough about it. I loved it!! I was constantly laughing. I can't wait to get my hands on the upcoming book. Keep them coming!

Lexi said...

Thanks, Sdylion! Glad you enjoyed the interview. Y'all have been so welcoming here. ;-)

Lexi said...

Thanks to Barbara E, Debbie B and Evan Blanc for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Lexi said...

Barb P you have totally made my day! Whoo hoo!!!

Linda said...

Fantasy Romance is my fav subgenre. There seems to be a fine line sometimes betwn that & PNR? Hope you will write more in the fantasy line soon!

thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

Lexi said...

Ah, Linda, those are the books of my heart! I was so downcast when I couldn't sell them. But, maybe someday! Fingers crossed. ;-)

Allie said...

I love that these books are based on the "south". Thanks for the great onterview. Rudeness is everywhere and thats a hard pill to swollow. amotherway@aol.com

Sharon said...

Your story was my favorite in the So I Married a Demon Slayer anthology! It was so fun and absurd! I really want to try your series! And yay, for sticking with it :)
sstogner1 at gmail dot com

sienny said...

great interview :) and i'm so amazed for the amount of rejection she had

smile_1773@yahoo.com

Lexi said...

Allie, writing about the South seemed like a perfect fit for me, since I've lived here all my life! I love the zany characters and colorful expressions. Thanks for commenting!

Lexi said...

Squeeeee, Sharon! So glad you liked the novella! It was my first attempt at writing something that length and I enjoyed the challenge of arcing a story over 30,000 words instead of 100,000! Thanks for stopping by. You've made my day!

Lexi said...

Sienny, rejection is part of the process. I know writers that have ten books under their bed and enough rejections to wallpaper a bathroom, but they keep on writing. Writers are a crazy, determined bunch!

Pam S (pams00) said...

I really enjoyed your post! So glad that you kept writing in spite of the rejections. I think it is awesome you kept going after what you wanted until you got it. Demon Hunting in Dixie and your series sounds awesome - and as a person residing in Alabama myself - I am intrigued even more by it.

pams00 @ aol.com

Johanna R Jochum said...

Awesome interview. That is amazing that you lived in Scotland I am so jealous! LOL! Thanks for sharing with us.

evjochum[AT]aol[DOT]com

Lexi said...

Hey, Pam, thanks for stopping by! Since you live in Alabama, I'm sure you'll recognize some of the characters and expressions! I'd always heard you should write what you know, and thought, "But, I don't want to write about the law!" Instead, I sort of fell into writing what I know, which is small towns and Southern humor. ;-)

Lexi said...

Johanna, I'm of Scottish descent on my dad's side and I always wanted to go there. My ancestors are from the Highlands. It is a beautiful country and I would love to go back there some day.

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read these books. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

sandrahorn63 said...

Loved the interview! Hope to win one of your books!

sandrahorn63@aol.com

*yadkny* said...

All these books sound like so much fun!!! Would love to read them!

*member of the Book Monster Blog
yadkny@hotmail.com

Lexi said...

Tore, Sandra and Yadkny, thanks for stopping by! I've had such a wonderful time here at Book Monster Reviews. Thanks to you all for making me feel so welcome!

Kristina Parmenter said...

Hi Lexi!!! Demon Hunting IN Dixie was one of my favs! I am super excited for Demon Hunting in the Deep South!!!! Evie is such a doll in the first book :)

kristinaparmenter51(at)gmail(dot)com

Lexi said...

Thanks, Kristina! I love Evie, too! She is so different from her besty, Addy, but I loved writing her because she is different!