Note from MJ: Jerrie and I would like to thank all of those who have served and given everything to keep us free. We decided to post this interview on Memorial Day in memory of our fallen heroes, as well as a tribute all those honorable men and women who have served and been willing to sacrifice so much. Let's never forget!
Today, I’m interviewing one of my favorite authors, Jerri Alexander. I first ran across Jerrie’s novels about six months ago when I was looking for something a tad outside of my genre of historical American romance. Digging around on Amazon, I stumbled across Hell or High Water, the first book in the Lost and Found Series. All of Jerrie’s heroes in this series are ex-military men, and I’ll admit I have a thing for guys who are willing to give their lives for others.
I hope you enjoy today’s interview!
Jerrie, although I’ve read some of your books and loved them, I’ve never met you before, so why don’t you start off with telling us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? How did you get into it? That sort of thing.
First, thank you for having me as your guest. I appreciate and enjoy getting to visit with new
I've always loved to write and tell stories. In fact, I studied journalism, but quickly found it to be too restricting. :) I set all that aside when I married and had two children, family along with a busy career took precedence for a few years. I came back to my dream of becoming an author about six years ago, and I'm so happy I did!
I love to write alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other. If they’re strong enough, they live happily ever after.
To date, I've released five full length novels and one short story. The Green-eyed Doll, The Last Execution, Someone to Watch Over Me, Hell or High Water, Cold Day in Hell, and my new release, No Chance in Hell.
How would you describe your genre? The books I’ve read are clearly contemporary, but do they belong to a subgenre of romance?
My first love is the romance genre followed closely behind suspense. I love put obstacles in front of my hero and heroine. It gives my characters the opportunity to grow.
Who do you read for inspiration or enjoyment?
Girl! That would be a long list if I gave you all the names. Romantic Suspense authors Linda Howard, Susanne Brockman, Cindy Gerard, and Karen Rose are the first few names that come to mind.
My guilty pleasures when I take a break from romantic suspense? Elizabeth Hoyt, her historical romances are the best! And J.R. Ward, I'm just about to order her latest release, The King!
The heroes in the two books I’ve read were special forces-types. Do all of your heroes have a military background, or is that just what appealed to me?
Most do. But not all of my books bring the have a military background out as a focal point. The Green-Eyed Doll's hero was a sheriff and no mention of military service was ever made. But I have this tremendous respect for our military and love highlighting them in a positive manner.
|No Chance in Hell|
(Don't let Jerrie's hunky heroes fool you.
These guys don't get by on their looks
The last book of yours I read was Cold Day in Hell. Much of this book was set in Colombia and had to do with drug smuggling. Does a book like that take a lot of research? (Note: I finished reading Jerrie Alexander’s latest book, No Chance in Hell since the original interview)
It's a good thing research is one of my favorite things to do for a story, because, I actually wound up with close to eighty pages of research on Colombia, drug cartels, and all the creepy-crawlies a person might run across in the jungle. I have to be honest and tell you that I have a retired SEAL who advises me on everything that explodes or fires. He's invaluable to keeping it real.
I have a good friend who was a SEAL, too! But I usually tell him the less I know the better!
So far, which book has been your favorite and why?
Not fair. That's like asking a mother which kid is the prettiest. I think my favorite changes. It's always the one I just finished writing!
Which of your characters is your favorite?
Tough questions! :) It would have to be Special Agent J.T. Noble in The Last Execution. His face is scarred from a run in with a IED in Afghanistan. He's a man of few words and prefers to keep people at a distance—until he meets Leigh. His transformation as the story unfolded was great fun to write.
How long does it usually take you to write a book including the editing process?
I can usually get one ready in six months. But that is pushing hard! I envy those folks to can write fast, but I'm not one of them. Not yet anyway, but I'm trying. :)
What are you working on now?
I've just started a new book, which will be the first in a new series. It doesn't have a name yet! And I'm kicking around ideas for book four in the Lost and Found, Inc. series.
Thank you so much for joining me today. I’m definitely looking forward to book four. Jake and Holly definitely need a story. Not necessarily together, but the hopeless romantic in me hopes there’s a connection. They both need to heal.
Thank you again for having me as your guest today!!
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