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About the author:
Alicia Wiggins began her writing career in the late 90s with her first romance novel Unconditional Love. She recently completed her sixth novel, Loving Ilsa. Alicia loves to create characters and stories that take readers on a drama filled yet satisfying journey to happily ever after.
Alicia is often asked how she comes up with stories and characters. She simply pays attention to people and real life stories all around her.
Alicia is an Ohio native and an HBCU graduate of Central State University and Franklin University.
What does she do when she’s not writing? She loves watching cheesy horror movies, cooking, traveling, and exploring the wonderful local sights and sounds of the Buckeye state.
What inspired you to write your book?
I loved the idea of featuring two characters over forty who are still sexy, vibrant, and have a wonderful story to tell. It just so happened that the story ended up being an interracial romance (this isn't the main focus) because those are the two characters who kept popping into my head.
The focus of this story is about two people meeting and falling in love while dealing with life's messy issues – workplace drama, dating after forty, family issues, and adjusting to major life changes.
While the characters are over forty, they are relatable to readers of any age, particularly as they follow the main characters' journey to happily together.
Here is a short sample from the book:
The number on the caller display wasn’t familiar to him, but he answered anyway.
“Hello, this is Dominic,” he said in a tone he reserved for strangers.
“Um…hi,” said the hesitant voice on the other end. “This is Ilsa. Ilsa Tanner. We met at your restaurant the other day.”
Dominic sat up a little straighter, forgetting all about haircuts, oil changes, or that he was supposed to be checking email. “Of course I remember you.” He didn’t think he’d ever forget her. “I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to call.”
Ilsa sat up in her bed, setting aside the files she had been working on. She tried to think of something clever to say, but nothing came to mind. Denita, who had advised her to keep the conversation light and sexy, would be so disappointed if she knew how pathetic this was going.
“To be honest, I was seriously deliberating if I would or not.”
“Really?” Dominic asked, trying to hide his excitement. “So what was the deciding factor?”
“You know, a coin.”
“As in you flipped a coin?”
Dominic leaned back in his chair and laughed.
Ilsa smiled. Forgetting all about trying to sound cute and sexy, she decided instead to be honest and hoped he wouldn’t be offended that she had left the possibility of the two of them ever connecting to a coin toss. At least she made him laugh—a deep, sexy sound which she found that she liked very much.
“So tell me, what would it take for me to see you again? A Magic 8 ball? Tarot cards?”
This time it was Ilsa who laughed out loud. A sense of humor. She liked that. “No. You only have to ask.”
“Well, then, I’m asking,” he said.
“And I’m accepting.”