Twenty Questions with S.B. Alexander
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to write a book. At the time, I wasn’t too enamored with becoming an author as I was in becoming a math teacher. I just wanted to write one book. But once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. And now I love the mechanics of writing a novel as well as the storytelling.
Are you a full time writer?
If so, what did you do in your “previous life?” I would love to be a full-time writer, but I do have a day job. I’ve actually many jobs over the years from my military service to teaching high school to working in Corporate America.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t take shit from anyone, and be true to who you are.
Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I’ve tried to write two books at the same time, but it didn’t exactly work out too well. I chalked it up to working full-time, though. But I do plot and outline more than one story at a time.
Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
My favorite is Kelton Maxell in Dare to Love. He’s cocky, sweet, headstrong, protective and takes no prisoners.
Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
Absolutely. There’s elements of my life and experiences in every story I write.
What are your biggest distractions?
When I write little noises around the house or when the phone rings. I find I concentrate better when I have my headphones on, and I’m focused on the computer screen.
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
In the writing process, I cringed at times during the plot editing stage. When the plot isn’t working or there are holes sometimes it’s not easy to fix an issue without changing a good portion of the storyline. While this stage isn’t my favorite, I do welcome it because it’s the most important part of making sure the storyline is solid.
Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
For me, it’s easier to write from the male POV. I grew up a tomboy. All my friends in the neighborhood were boys. I rarely hung out with girls. Even today, I work in a male dominated industry, and I hear how men talk all the time.
What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
I love to play golf, dance and hang out with friends.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
I love the Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken.
Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
I can’t say yet that I have.
Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
With writer’s block, I usually have to walk away from the computer and do something totally unrelated to writing. Getting outdoors helps me. Sleeping on the plot helps me. Cleaning the house can help. Most of all, finding a quiet place just to think will sometimes do the trick.
Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
I’ve done that a few times.
What does your writing workspace look like?
I’m surrounded by books and organized clutter.
Sharing your work with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
When my first book was released, and I got that first negative review, I cringed. But I realized every reader will have a different take and opinion about any book, mine included. I try to read the negative reviews to take away something that I can improve upon. Although authors can’t please every reader. So I write my stories and hope that the majority of the readers will enjoy them.
Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
I don’t use visuals for my characters when I write. It’s not until after I write the character that I look for pictures.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
My goal in 2016 is to complete the Maxwell Series. Next up after Dare to Love is Dare to Dance, which will follow Kross Maxwell.
What is in your purse right now?
Mints, headphones, wallet, pen, lip gloss and dental floss.
Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
My favorite scene is in Dare to Dare when Kade rushes up to Lacey’s bedroom in the middle of night to find she’s having a night terror. He ends up holding her for the entire night, comforting her. It’s a sweet but sad scene.
More About S.B.
S. B. Alexander’s career has been colorful–a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor, sales consultant, coach, and manager. She loves baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.
Books by S.B. Alexander
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