Author Interview: Alex Bailey
About the author:
Alex Bailey was a bored writer/editor of documents as humdrum as vacuum cleaner manuals. She left that life behind to create more exciting worlds than the one she lived in. The Future Memoir of Ann Jones was the first book under her (absolutely necessary) assumed identity (in order to hide Ann Jones’ identity). When she’s not dreaming of being swept away to the “happiest place on earth,” she’s tending to her organic garden while belting out Disney tunes. Some of her favorite hobbies include: telling her children that “Mother knows best”, attempting to convince woodland creatures to clean her house for her, wishing upon stars, and Disney-ing.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I believe in the magic of the happily ever after and the hope of everyone finding their HEAs.
Tell us about how you write.
Everywhere and anywhere. I recently started book two of the series while on a cruise ship. But due to the amount of luggage and the weight, I left my laptop at home and had to write with pen/paper. One morning, around 5 a.m. I was writing in the indoor pool area and a cruise member asked me what I was doing. When I told him, he asked if maybe I shouldn't be typing that in rather than hand writing, since it will be double work. Yes! He was correct. Next time, I'll take the laptop, no matter how much weight it is.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
Well, in The Future Memoir of Ann Jones, she relayed the entire story to me, so I'd have to say I listen.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
Just do it! I wrote for more than 20 years before deciding to publish my first book – a children's adventure book until a different pen name. I wish I had done in years ago.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My author critique group was my main motivation. Before I joined, I never knew which book would be well received. But once I joined and started submitting chapters, they encouraged me to send them out into the world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope it grows for indie authors. There are too many authors out there with a story to tell that readers need to hear to let them all be kept to themselves.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Sweet romance, mystery, holiday romance
My books are available in the following formats: