Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, The Best Gift. Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.
In Peace and Love, three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.
She loves the art of storytelling! She was delighted when her first book, an inspirational romance novella called Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories, released in Sept. 2013.
When Alexis is not working on her next book or chasing down the next big story for the newspaper where she works as a freelance reporter, she can be found listening to songs by her most admired musicians, enjoying the food in cafes/restaurants, shopping at her favorite malls and spending quality time with loved ones (family and friends).
1. How long does it typically take you to write a book?
It takes about four to eight months per novella for me to write a story from start to finish. I’ve yet to write a standalone novel. My novellas usually cap at 40K words.
2. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Haha. I wrote my first “book” at age 9. I called it “Sisters.” I typed it into a word processor on the family computer, printed it out and drew illustrations for it too. Unfortunately, I cannot find it anywhere. But at least I had time to read it to my Mom’s best friend and family members before I lost it.
3. What suggestions would you give potential author to help them become a better writer?
I’d say to keep writing, develop your skill set through creative writing classes, attend writer workshops and writer’s conferences then dive in headfirst. Remember to take notes as you learn how to become a better writer and never give up!
4. How frequently do you hear from your fans?
Every now and then, someone will send an e-mail message or a leave a note on my Author page on Facebook and they’ll tell me why they love my work. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, their thoughtful notes make my day!
5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming a writer ever cross your mind?
I “knew” after writing that first “book” of mine (Sisters) that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. It was the only career choice that crossed my mind. However, when I went to college, a Journalism professor pretty much recruited me and I found that I had a talent for it. So then I started to dream of being a journalist and a writer of fictional stories. Thankfully, God allowed both of those dreams to come true!
6. What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?
My second passion (after writing) is photography. Right now I only have my smartphone’s camera to take pictures with but I dream of being able to buy my own Canon brand DSLR and launch a photography business on the side. I’m also a foodie. I enjoy visiting new restaurants/cafes and exploring the creative dishes.
Chandra screamed but managed to maintain enough control to steer the car to the side of the road. The car that hit Chandra spun around and ended on the side of the road, not too far from her car. A panicked Chandra immediately hopped out of her car and inspected it for damages. The entire passenger side of her car was dented.
“Oh no!” Chandra crumpled to the bare cement beside her car and buried her head in her hands.
Meanwhile, the driver who had caused the accident emerged from his Jeep and checked the damages. The entire driver’s side of his car was scratched and mildly dented. He was inspecting the damage when he heard crying. He turned around and went to see the lady he had run into. He should have known not to text while driving.
“Hey, lady, I’m so sorry!” he apologized. “Are you okay?”
“No!” Chandra screamed as she struggled to rise to her feet. “Why weren’t you looking where you were going?”
“Listen, lady,” the man replied as he retrieved his phone from his jean pocket. “Let’s not get upset. I’m going to call the cops, and we’ll be out of here in an hour.”
“An hour?” Chandra cried. “I’ve got be at work in ten minutes!”
The man looked at her. “Well, what do you propose we do?”
Chandra scrambled, pulling out her purse out of her car then running back to the man who had caused the accident. “Give me your name and number and we’ll settle this later.”
“Fine.” The man embodied tall, dark, and handsome. “But I’m going to take your license plate number in case you forget.”
“Fine,” Chandra replied before pulling out a notepad from her purse and looking over at the man’s license plate. She quickly penned his tag numbers and then looked up at his broad six foot frame. “Here.” She scribbled her name, tag number, insurance information, and cell number on a separate piece of paper and handed it to him. “That’s all the information you’ll need for your insurance agent.”
“And you’re sure that you don’t want to call the cops?” the man asked.
“Yes!” a somewhat annoyed Chandra answered. “Now write your contact information on this paper so I can call my insurance company from work.”
Wow, this woman was bossy—just like his sister. But he obeyed her order.
After exchanging information, Chandra read the stranger’s name out loud. “Sebastian Carter. Why does that sound familiar?”
“I’m a personal trainer for some celebrities,” he replied.
“Like who?” Chandra asked before remembering that she had limited time to return to the office. “Oh, never mind! I have to go.” She hurried to her car.
“Drive safely, lady!” Sebastian called. He glanced at the paper she gave him. “I mean drive safely, Chandra!”
“I was driving safely,” Chandra called back. “You need to look where you’re going!”
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