A Visit with Lacey Alexander

Lacey honey, Thanks so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to visit with us today.  We’re so glad you could make it.

Thanks for inviting me!

You travel a lot.  I was wondering if you had a favorite place you’ve visited?  Maybe one stateside and one overseas?

Overseas, definitely Italy – although I’ve only been abroad a couple of times.  Stateside, I’m waffling between Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies – two vastly different places, and they appeal to me in different ways.

Is there anywhere you’d like to go but haven’t made it to yet?

Yes – England.  And with any luck, I’ll get to mark that off my list this year.

As far as writing, do you have a routine or ritual or do you just go flat out when inspiration hits?  Anything you need to get those creative juices flowing?

Writing is my job, so I write pretty much every weekday, all day.  Fortunately, inspiration hits me faster than I can write, and I usually have it in abundance – I just need a few more hours each day, or maybe an extra month or two each year, to get it all onto the computer as quickly as I’d like to.

Do your characters ever just pop into your head asking or demanding you tell their story?  If so have you ever gotten annoyed with one?  Do you have a favorite or is that like asking someone who their favorite child is?

You know, I hear a lot of authors talking about their characters this way, but I have to admit that as much as I love mine, I see them as beings who I completely control.  I get to know them, yes, and I find out more about them through spending time with them in my head, but they never do anything I don’t want them to do. ; )  As for a favorite – gosh, that IS hard.  And maybe it IS like asking someone to pick among their children – that’s a good analogy.

Do you or have you ever blushed while writing one of your incredibly hot love/sex scenes?

Oh yes!  In real life, I’m a pretty mild-mannered chick – pretty much the last person who you would expect to write erotica.  But I have a rule when I’m writing as Lacey – I never censor myself.  If something pops into my head, I MAKE myself write it – I never back away from it.  So that creates plenty to blush over.

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In WHAT SHE NEEDS you went beyond what I’ve seen from you previously.  Was this preplanned or did the characters dictate that?

Thanks for noticing this, and yes, actually, it WAS kind of preplanned.  At the time I was writing the book, I was privately waffling over whether to continue my career as Lacey – due strictly to time constraints.  As both my writing careers grow, I find it increasingly challenging to juggle it all.  So when I wrote this book, I knew it was possible it might be the last one, and I figured I wanted to go out with a bang – no pun intended. ; )  It turns out that I’m NOT giving up the Lacey side of my career, but with my next book, I’ll be taking the work in a slightly different direction, so I’m still glad this book is a little more “out there” – it feels like a good bridge between my work up to now and the work to come.

Do you ever find it difficult to shift between Toni Blake and Lacey Alexander?

Actually, I really enjoy the shift, and that’s one reason I’m continuing to maintain both careers.  Bouncing back and forth between the two types of books keeps the work fresh for me, and keeps me challenged and fully engaged in what I’m working on at any given moment.

What and who do you enjoy reading?  Do you stay away from romances and erotica?

I read mostly romance – fluctuating between contemporary and historical.  And I occasionally read erotica, but will admit I enjoy writing it more than reading it.  I also read a little non-fiction, and a little historical fiction, and the occasional biography.  As for who, I read widely across the board with few particular favorites – so many books, so little time.  One of my goals for 2010 is to MAKE more time for reading.

What new goodies can we look forward to from Lacey and Toni?

My next Toni Blake book, SUGAR CREEK, Book 2 in the Destiny series, comes out in June, and I’m very excited about it.  Writing a closely connected series like this is a fairly new challenge for me, but one which I’m fully embracing.  SUGAR CREEK is the story of gruff cop Mike Romo and city-girl-returned-home Rachel Farris.  Their two families have been feuding for decades, but that’s only the start of their problems.  And like ONE RECKLESS SUMMER, the first book in the series, SUGAR CREEK is a quaint, charming small town story yet at the same time, it’s also super sexy, with ample sexual encounters between Mike and Rachel.

As for Lacey, I had five releases in 2009:  THE BIKINI DIARIES, WHAT SHE NEEDS, a novella in RED HOT HOLIDAYS, and the last two books in the City Heat series, ADRIANNA’S UNDIES and SCOTT’S SATIN SHEETS, were both released in e-book.  Next up, my novella, MARDI GRAS is being re-released as a stand-alone e-book later this month (it was previously sold only as part of an anthology) and I am about to start writing the first book is a new series for Penguin.  Like all Lacey books, it will be super erotic, and also a little bit dark in terms of the psychology involved with the characters.  I can’t say much more about it yet – but think “hot cops.”  I’m excited about writing it.

Thanks again for being here today Lacey.  I’ve really had fun chatting with you honey.

Thanks again for having me!  And let me wish a happy New Year to you and all your readers!

You too honey, health, love and success in all your endeavors.

Y’all feel free to visit Lacey anytime at her website…

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  • I am a huge fan of both your Toni & your Lacey books, and look forward to all your upcoming releases. All the best to you in 2010 🙂

    Are you reading anything right now?

  • IvyD

    A little dark & hot cops….Sounds good to me!

  • Hi Lacey- Really enjoyed your interview and look forward to your new book. I just finished reading Seven Nights of Sin and Bikini Diaries; enjoyed both books-Erotica & vampires are my two favorite reads at this time; so keep up the great work!!

  • Good morning, ladies, and thanks for stopping by to comment!

    Stacy, great to see you here, and I appreciate your support – of “both” of me : ) I just read INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer after seeing the movie last summer, and I hope to start reading the first Tessa Dare book soon. Reading time has been at a minimum lately, I’m afraid, something I hope to rectify this year! And here’s wishing you a great 2010, too!

    Ivy, glad you like the sound of the upcoming work – I’ve literally just started writing the first book in the series this morning!

    Barb, so pleased you’ve enjoyed my books! And thanks about the interview – it was a fun one. Thanks, too, in advance, for checking out WHAT SHE NEEDS. As the interviewer mentioned, it’s a bit edgier than my previous books, so I hope you’ll like it!

  • Judy F

    Hi, just wanted to pop in and say hello. I have read all your Toni books and several of the Lacey books. But I can only read them when they are in book form. Old computer. I have enjoyed all that I have read.

  • A piece of advice: Don’t read WHAT SHE NEEDS while you are sitting with your in-laws in their living room. The cover is innocuous, but when you start to breathe heavy and wipe your brow, they ask you why.

    Seriously–they keep their house really cold in winter, so this was a big help in me not freezing to death. Loved it. Want MORE Lacey!

  • Judy and Keri, thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for reading my books! And Keri, love the tip ; ) All have been warned now : ) And more Lacey comin’ up … as soon as I can get it written : )

  • Im with Ivy, nothing wrong w/ a hot cop! 😀
    Btw, I LOVE your books!

  • Thanks so much, Anne!

    And thanks for Manic Readers for inviting me here today!

  • IvyD

    I’ve always wanted to go to England & Scotland. All that history & places I’ve read about….I could spend ages over there just soaking up the history!

  • England is wonderful! My husband is British and we lived there for seven years, before our kids were born. I haven’t been back in ages — I still have a lot of friends there and hopefully before long I’ll have time to go for a nice, long visit! I especially love Wales, Devon and Cornwall, Bath and Wells, and the Cotswolds. Beautiful!