What is the inspiration behind your latest release?
In Bed With The Boss was a way to immortalise a long-held fantasy about meeting a drop-dead gorgeous stranger in a lift and letting go of all inhibitions for one mad moment in time!
Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?
Last year I took the whole family on a six-week trip to Europe and my finances needed a boost. I wracked my brain trying to think of a job I could do in my spare time to bring in some extra cash and all my old, half-finished manuscripts came to mind. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing, so there were plenty to choose from! In Bed With The Boss was a story I started about five years ago and that’s the manuscript I chose to pitch.
Lucky for me, Escape Publishing was receptive and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to join the wonderful world of romance writers. There are some very generous, very giving people in this industry and I’m enjoying my part in it immensely. My finances are still the same (big reality check there!), but I’m doing something I love and I’m sharing it with others.
What is your writing routine?
I have to clear my schedule before I can start, and that includes chores, kids and social media “homework”! I then have to read every word of my story so far before I can get into the character’s world and “hear” the story in my head. When it’s working well it feels like taking dictation! I’ve learned not to argue with the muse, it leads to stale-mates that I never win.
Share a writing quote/motto about writing.
“Just do it!” is my favourite writing motto. I find it very easy to come up with a million excuses for NOT writing, but once I’m sitting cross-legged at the foot of my bed with my laptop in front of me (my favourite writing position!), it just works. It takes effort to get to that point, though.
What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?
Start with what you know, is the advice I have followed. That’s why my book (and the follow up book I’m writing at the moment) is set in the corporate world. It’s familiar territory for me and I can afford to spend less time on research and more on character development, dialogue and plot.
As I gain more confidence as a writer, my aim would be to leave my comfort zone and take on not just a new setting for my books but a new genre as well. My project for next year is a historical romance, for which I already have the plot outline. I’m very excited about trying my hand at something not so familiar and getting all that research under my belt!
What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?
I’ve just finished “In Love With Lucy” by C. C. Woods. It’s hard to go past an office romance! I loved the book, the sex scenes sizzled and the hero was perfect, one of those heroes you love to hate at first but he completely wins you over in the end. If I had to pick one negative, I thought the advantage of the first narrative, being able to get into the character’s head and their motivation, was missed in this story. We get to the end of the book and still don’t really understand why the heroine was so dead-set against falling in love.
In Bed with the Boss blurb
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Escape Publishing (Harlequin AU) http://www.escapepublishing.com.au
A high-flying corporate romance that’s sure to add ‘elevator’ to your list of erotic destinations!
Trish Carter is chasing the career opportunity of a lifetime, and nothing is going to stand in her way. After a failed marriage and years of self-doubt, she needs her business proposal to succeed, and there’s only one hurdle left: presenting to the Board of Directors and charismatic CEO, Keith Donnelli. So it can only be the stress and extreme tension that leads her to jump the hot stranger in the elevator.
But the unexpectedly explosive encounter puts all her plans in jeopardy, when the stranger isn’t a stranger at all. Now, her whole future rides on how well she can resist the temptation of sleeping with her boss. Will Trish finally have the chance to make her secret dreams come true or will following her heart destroy her chance at a future?
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-bed-with-the-boss-alexa-bravo/1119118526?ean=9780857991522
About Alexa Bravo
Alexa Bravo “self-published” her first manuscript at age 12, when she typed a one-page romance story in the seventh grade and gave it to the girl sitting next to her in class to read. Before she knew it the story had been passed along from classmate to classmate and Alexa was getting requests for more stories and taking reservations for those already in circulation. Alexa has always been passionate about reading as well as writing and despite her “real job” managing a business, she enjoys as many romance novels as she can fit into her e-reader and also works on her own romantic stories. Alexa is currently completing Brendan’s story based on a secondary character from In Bed With The Boss, and she also has several works in progress covering other genres, including historical romance. Alexa lives in Sydney, Australia with her three beautiful girls and her very indulgent husband.
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Author of Return to Me, Hollywood Dreams and Vintage Dreams. Short story is published in the anthology Little Raven Two by Little Raven Publishing. Pen name for Amra Pajalic.
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