Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Author, author...

...read all about it!!

I love being the next stop on a blog tour for Sizzling PR...

Please help me welcome

Alexia Purdy...

Hi Alexia, so nice to have you here today.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?    
I am a mother of 4, been writing since I can remember. I am a reading fanatic, love chocolate and music. I write YA urban fantasy and I am the author of Ever Shade and Ever Fire (A Dark Faerie Tale series), a dark take on Faeries.

What did you want to be when you were growing up or did you always want to be a writer?

I always wanted to be a writer and a nurse. I am an RN and now a published author so I am happy to say finally that I have done both.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing some in the first grade, little short stories. I have to say that I really got into it when I was in high school and continued on from there. I have really immersed myself into writing these past two years when I decided one day it was time to make dream #1 happen, become a published author.

What is a typical writing day like for you? 

Wake up at the butt crack of dawn because my little kids are slammin their doors, open computer, walk away to make breakfast for everyone, facebook and promo time, walk away to make lunch, more promo, attempt to open Word to type a few words after I put the younger two little monsters to bed, Attempt again to write, get distracted by emails, attempt again, maybe write some. Then I am bogged down with the kids, chores and stuff like paying bills and errands. At night I read a little, then put the kids to bed then write for a few hours. It is so broken up nowadays, I am surprised I can finish anything.

Do you have an specific routine you follow or specific items you need with you when you write?

I like to sit on my couch with my lapdesk and laptop, music blasting with my earphones, a coke in hand and a bottle of water and just type. That is the routine. I through in some nerds to munch on if I feel really spontaneous. LOL.

What is your favorite part of writing?  Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?

My favorite part is seeing the finished product. It always is amazing. My least favorite is sitting down typing. I have no patience for this. I hate it like scrubbing floors.

What is your favorite length of book to write?  (Short story, novella, full length novel) Why?

I write full novels so I think that is my favorite so far. I am actually starting to dwell with short stories so I will see how that goes.

How does your family feel about your writing and you being an author?

My family supports me though they have not read my books at all. I’m an anomaly being one of the only readers in my family.

Is there a to-be-read waiting on your bedside table?

Well not just there but in my kindle, on my dining room table, hanging off the bookshelves. Yep, I’m a book hoarder. I do read them though! I have enough to last a lifetime.

For fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1)  Favorite Holiday  -  Halloween

2) Favorite Drink  -  Coke

3) Favorite Author  -  Cassandra Clare

4) Favorite Book  -  Gone with the Wind

5) Favorite Animal  -  Birds

And for a bonus:  What is a typical mood for you?  And is your mood different when you’re writing?

I am pretty easy going. I hate to be interrupted but It happens a lot. My mood when writing is usually melancholy to anxious. It depends on what I am writing.

Where can our readers find you?? 

Twitter  - @AlexiaPurdy

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

I just released Ever Fire (A Dark Faerie Tale #2) July 9th! I’m so
excited because Shade’s journey really intensifies in this one. All of who she is, can do and the depth of the people around her gets really put out there.

Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Ever Fire Blurb:

The Serenity of the Land of Faerie is threatened as the Unseelie Queen Aveta rages war against the three remaining Seelie Realms of Faerie. As Shade's powers grow, she finds she is running out of time to keep the war from spilling into the human world. Winter is growing in strength as the evil Queen's horrifying legions scar the land in their frigid wake. No one is safe. Shade becomes enemy number one for the Unseelie legions. Questioning her true role of power, Shade discovers the cost of winning may come at a much higher price than she ever imagined.

Excerpt from Ever Fire:

Vange stopped abruptly, watching her witch light suddenly bounce off an invisible wall. Tilting her head, she scanned the dirt until she spotted what she was looking for. Crouching down she lit the ground around her with the witch light and frowned, noting the specks of still drying blood and salt trail. Standing again she reached out to touch the invisible shield before her.

Damn! Jade already knows.

The shield rippled under her hand and sent a vibration of pain up her arm. Pulling her hand away, she winced from the slight shock. Vange had no choice now but to call her sister out of the house and speak with her. The protection shield was strong. Even she could not penetrate it. She concentrated on the shield, feeling not one, but three powerful essences embracing the spell. If Jade had found two other Witches to perform the spell with her, they were now as safe as anyone could ever be in their own home from Faeries, lest hiding in an oubliette. No one could enter without their permission. No one and nothing could penetrate its magic.

One last thing before we say goodbye today.  Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share but it's totally up to you.

I hate to cook! But I do what I must. I love easy recipes that taste sooo good. My favorite thing to make is Taco Soup.

1 packet Taco seasoning mix
1 lb ground beef
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can yellow corn
3 cups water

Brown the beef on a skillet and drain. Add tomatoes, corn, black beans, taco seasoning and ground beef together in a pot with the water. Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes let simmer. Turn off stove, let cool just a bit, serve in bowl and enjoy with some corn chips or toss some frito chips into the bowl and enjoy <3

That does sound like a really good and easy recipe.  Thanks so much for being a good sport even though you hate to cook.  We just love to try new things and again, thanks so much for being with us today.  It was a please learning more about you and best of luck with your newest release.

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Until next time, happy reading !!


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