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Alexia Adams, author of Under the Sicilian Sky, tells all today at Readeropolis. Check out her author questions and answers set below. Enjoy!

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What book do you think everyone should read?

Everyone should read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I wouldn’t marry my husband until he read it. That he still married me after reading it probably says a lot as well. I absolutely love the quirky humor in that book.


How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for eight years, published for four and a half. I started writing when I gave up work after my fourth child was born. I needed something to keep my mind active and decided to write down one of the stories I’d told myself during middle-of-the-night feedings. Once one set of characters were unleashed, they freed a lot of friends. I’m never short of stories ideas, just the time to write them.


Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

Usually one character emerges first and tells me a little about themselves. Then I hunt around in my brain for someone to challenge them. And sometimes they surprise me once I start their story. Like Bella in Under the Sicilian Sky, I thought she was going to just welcome Matteo back, she has a soft heart and takes in strays. But when I sat down to write she had a lot of spirit and backbone and wasn’t going to let him back into her life until she was sure that’s what she wanted.


What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I do basic research on the location and the careers of my characters. But often I don’t know what I don’t know until I start to write. There are plenty of notes in my first draft about double checking things and investigating further. I watch videos and read books and spend a lot of time on Google maps and traveler blog sites to get details as accurate as possible.


Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, definitely. I treat it as a job most days, trying to get at least five hours in the chair if not more. And if I’m not actively writing, I’m thinking about the next scene. Writing allows me the flexibility to go on my children’s fieldtrips or pop into their classes now and again to help. Plus, I get to meet a lot of amazing people, either in person or virtually, who share my passion for words.


What do you think about the current publishing market?

It is so hard to be found by readers these days. The marketplace is flooded and the former gatekeepers of agents and publishing houses have been replaced by mega corporations who, unless they’re given exclusivity, bury the books so deep in their algorithms that they rarely get discovered by readers.


Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I am a voracious reader and if more than two days go by without getting lost in a book then I get antsy. When I’m developing a new story, so as not to subconsciously be influenced, I read mostly historical romance rather than the contemporary I write. At the moment, I’m devouring Highlander stories at the rate of about three a week. When I’m struggling through edits, that’s when my contemporary romance reading goes through the roof.


Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I write mostly in silence. With four children and a very loud husband, I treasure the quiet times. Sometimes I listen to my playlist which is like white noise to me, I’ve heard it so many times. (Note to self: update play list.) However, if I’m stuck on a scene I’ll often search for music that has the tone and sentiment of what I’m trying to achieve. There are some songs that just sum up a book for me and every time I hear it I’m instantly transported back into the story.


Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I try to concentrate on one book at a time. But often a scene from another book that I’ve put aside will come to me and not leave my brain until it’s on the page. I have a secret project (a Regency romance) that I work on whenever the characters in my current work stop talking to me.


If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Aside from Hitchhikes Guide to the Galaxy? I used to read a lot of classics. When I lived in London they were all I could afford as you could buy them for a pound (it was before ebooks). Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, although a tragic book, was so well written that I remember it twenty years later. But I never would have written it because it’s too sad. Which doesn’t really answer the question, does it? Sandra Owens wrote a historical series (The Letter, The Training of a Marquess, and The Duke’s Obsession) that I absolutely love. They are the books I reread to when I need a pick-me-up. So, I guess I’d have like to have written at least one of them.


Pen or typewriter or computer?

I write on laptop using Scrivener, a writing program. I also keep a notebook handy for when inspiration strikes and my computer is too far away or shut down. When I’m brainstorming titles, I find using a pen and paper gives me the best ideas.


What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

I’ve always told stories to myself in my head when I was bored or stressed. After my fourth child was born I decided to write one down to keep my brain from atrophying. I found I loved the challenge and although I started to write as a hobby, it’s now become my attempt to replace the income I gave up when I quit work to stay home with my children. It was the right decision, although I’m finding the volatility of the marketplace has made it harder to earn any reasonable money in the last year or so. Some days, when my characters are in a huff and the words don’t flow, I think going back to the office and typing someone else’s ideas would be so much easier.


Advice they would give new authors?

Don’t try to copy someone else’s writing style, develop your own. It may take a few books and a lot of frustration, but eventually you’ll have a “voice” that will resonate with you and readers. Don’t worry too much about rules and what others tell you is the right way to write. Find your path and don’t give up.


Describe your writing style.

I write short. In other words, my first draft has 10-20% fewer words than the finished story. I often just get the dialogue, basic plot, and actions down in the first pass. The second pass I’ll add details about setting and layer in more emotion. Third pass I’ll concentrate on word choice and making sure the tone and nuances of the scene fit together. Finally, I’ll read the whole book through just for pleasure and see if, even though I know what’s about to happen, I’m still eager to turn each page.


What makes a good story?

I’m all about the characters. They could be stuck in the dark in a cave but if I like them and care about what happens to them, then I’ll keep reading.


What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I spend weeks working with the characters in my head. I put them in various scenes, usually when I’m watching the news I think about how they would react to events I see on my TV screen. When I’m ready, I have a basic plot outline that I now fill out. I never used to do this but as I need to write faster these days it helps to have a general idea of where the story is going or at least some of the conflict I hope to throw at my characters. By this time, I’ve usually got the first two or three chapters already written in my head so I get those down, learn what surprises my characters have hidden or what elements I can exploit to take the book in another direction if need be. Then I’ll go back to my outline and rework it a bit or flesh it out some more. Finally, I set myself a goal or deadline to keep on track and try to write almost every day to keep my head in the story. After I finish the book then I go back to my outline and laugh at how wrong I got it initially. Yeah, good times.

Under the Sicilian Sky
Daring To Love Again Book 1
by Alexia Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Amnesia obliterates a married couple’s shared past in this poignant second-chance-at-love story.

Matteo Vanni washed up on a Tunisian beach six years ago with no clothes, identity documents, or memories, just a wedding ring to link him to his past. He’s reinvented himself as a wealthy entrepreneur, but now a knock on the head restores some of his memories, particularly that his wife Bella is waiting for him in Sicily. But returning to his native land and digging into his mysterious and sudden disappearance could cost this new millionaire everything.



Sheep farmer Bella Vanni has accepted that her presumed-dead husband is long gone, so it’s a huge shock when he knocks on her door and announces his desire to resume their marriage. She can’t trust his answers on where he’s been or why he left, and she certainly isn’t keen to walk away from the family farm she labored to save. But their mutual passion won’t be denied.


When Matteo’s freedom is threatened, Bella must decide which is most important to her: everything she’s painstakingly built or a new start on love.

Sensuality Level: Sensual




A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without housework. As a flight risk mom, romance is her escape and she can often be found with her nose in a book, pretending she’s somewhere else.



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16 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description and giveaway.

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  2. I was wondering what the author is working on next?

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    1. Hi Cindy, I'm working on the next book in the series, Under the Tunisian Sky. Thanks for stoping by and commenting.
      xx Alexia xx

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  3. I think I copied the wrong tweet- it's supposed to be https://twitter.com/carawling/status/958371255022968832

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  4. Thank you for the interview and hosting my book on your blog.
    Alexia

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  5. If your book was made into a movie who would star in it?

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    1. I would cast Kristen Kruek to play the part of Bella and Joe Manganiello to play Matteo.

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  6. Are any of the characters from your book from your life?

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    1. No, the characters in this book are entirely from my imagination.

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  7. Please accept my apologies for the late replies to the questions. My laptop suffered a catastrophic failure and I just got it back from repairs today. xx Alexia xx

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  8. Do you write several different genres or focus on one?

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  9. If your housework disappeared as you wish, what would you do with that extra time?

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  10. Have you visited Sicily before? What made you decide on Sicily?

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  11. congrats on the book publication, wishing you much luck and success

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