I thought it would be fun to do some author interviews.  My friend and fellow author Alexis Alvarez of the Graffiti Fiction ladies has a new book out called A Handful of Fire.  It’s emotional and beautiful and you should definitely check it out.  It’s also in Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re a subscriber, you can get it free.

Without further ado, here is my

Interview with Alexis Alvarez


What is your name?

Alexis Alvarez

What is your quest?

To find the Holy Grail of indie writing, which is to create a best-seller and make a million dollars and make lots of amazing friends. I assume that when this happens, my hair will also be perfect every day, and I will develop the capability to fly and speak fluent French and Spanish.

What is the air flight velocity of an unladen swallow?

Well, that depends if it’s an African swallow or a European swallow, of course. 😉

[I asked my husband, and he said, “As long as swallowing is involved, it’s all good,” and gave me a really dirty smirk.]

Okay, now that the basics are out of the way, tell me a little bit about your latest book (I’ve read it, but you know, for the readers). What do you want people to know?

A Handful of Fire is about fighting the odds and grabbing happiness in life where you can. It’s about overcoming tragedy and seizing the day, every day. It’s also about how nice it is to have lots of steamy, creative sex.

What drew you to write in the romance genre?

I have loved reading romance all my life. There’s something it that makes my heart sing, whether it’s Cinderella, Pride and Prejudice, or a kinky BDSM novel. As long as it has that brain-chemical-boosting formula of problem resolution, it hits me in the gut. I decided I wanted to write those books, too. I have a lot of stories in my head, and I love them, and I want to get them into the air so they can feel the raw oxygen and rust into something gorgeous and fragile.

What’s your favorite trope or combo of tropes to write and why?

I like stories that have people who hurt each other emotionally, learn from their mistakes, and come together stronger for it. That swerve from bad into good, from cruel into kind … it gets me every time. It’s like hearing a piece of music resolve from minor into major. It just feels right in my bones.

What was your weirdest pregnancy craving? (If you’ve never been pregnant, just your weirdest non-pregnancy craving is fine.)

I craved this while I was pregnant: For every piece of raw chicken to be destroyed, even ones that hadn’t been born yet, because chicken had become the most vile and puke-inducing thing on the face of the earth … the most vile thing except for ginger soda, which was even worse, and needed to be fire-bombed in the factories that made it.

Things that did not need to be annihilated were Starbucks caramel Frappuccinos; those were good and right and kind, spangled with stardust and fairy magic and the songs of a million mermaids.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I like to drink coffee in the morning when I write, really hot coffee with cream. Later on I like La Croix waters. I don’t care if my house is messy or not; that’s never bothered me much, but it has to be quiet, or I can’t focus.

What’s your position in the great boxers vs briefs vs boxer briefs debate?

Generally speaking, I’m more concerned with what’s inside the cloth. If the fabric hides something fantastic, I can tolerate even the nastiest Speedo.

As a person who has seen dirty laundry, however, I have to say that the tightie whities leave more, shall we say, *opportunity* for streakage, which is NOT SEXY AT ALL. Just sayin.’ So if you’re a guy and you’re making a crucial wardrobe decision, let that be at least a partial factor.

Do you secretly ship Draco and Hermione? Or do you think that’s just crazy?

OMG, I never did, but YES. Yes! Someone needs to write a super dirty, kinky BDSM novel about them. I LOVE IT. Nice.

*starting fan fiction now*

*Just googled it, and discovered that it’s called “Dramione,” and there is already more fan fiction out there than I can even count. Saddened by this. Still love the idea.*

Alexis and I went on to have a rather lengthy conversation about Dramione fanfic, but I’ll leave that off as it’s not very entertaining reading.

To get more of Alexis, you can follow her on Facebook or Amazon, and check out her book here.

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