I am so thrilled to have Alexa Verde sit down with me for coffee today so we can all get to know her a little bit more! Plus, Alexa has a graciously offered ANOTHER free ebook! One randomly chosen commenter will be selected to win a copy of Rapsodia – part of the Tuscany Legacy series! See below for details!!
Alexa, from reviewing your online Bio, I see that you speak five languages, and I find that amazing! Can you tell me what they are and how that came about?
First of all, it’s my pleasure to be here, and thank you so much for the invite! As for languages, I speak Russian, Belorussian, Spanish, English, and German, though I’m starting to forget German. Two of them are my native languages. I studied German because I hoped to visit Germany, and I did, twice. Since moving to south Texas I discovered that a lot of people here speak Spanish but not English. I love studying languages, so I decided to learn Spanish. And if I was going to study Spanish, I figured I might as well get a degree in it.
So, I understand you can be quite the chef. What is your favorite meal to prepare for others?
I love writing about food, but I’m far from being a chef! Yes, I used to cook a lot, but not anymore. If I still did… I really enjoyed making salads, and I know a great variety of them!
Which was your favorite country to visit and why?
So far, I’ve been to France, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries. Germany remains one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a very beautiful country with amazing history. I loved walking cobblestone pedestrian streets (no cars allowed!) in Alte Stadt (“old town”), watching minstrels, noble women, jugglers (okay, people dressed like them) at the Katharinenmarkt in a small town Hoya (just like centuries ago!), enjoying the Rhine river cruise, taking pictures of castles… Not to mention great food, especially cakes!
I am sure you get asked this all the time, but people want to know – what inspires your writing and characters?
I hope I can say that God inspires me. If my books bring somebody joy and encouragement, to God be all the glory!
What is your favorite “cure” for writer’s block, or don’t you ever have that issue?
I usually just don’t have enough time for writing! I’d say, listen to music and let your imagination carry you away in a different world…
When is your favorite time of the day and what is your place to write?
I love writing in bed, but it’s not always possible. Frankly, I don’t have favorite time of the day to write. I write whenever I have a chance, mostly on the weekends.
Do you ever get “too attached” to your characters? And if so, do you want to share which one?
Oh yes, I get very attached to my characters! That’s why my secondary characters often show up as main characters in my future books, and vice versa. It’s so difficulty to say good-bye to them!
How can your fans keep in touch with you and all your new releases, etc?
Anyone can subscribe to my newsletter! In my newsletters, you will get my book news and special offers. You can unsubscribe at any time. The link is:
Finally – Coffee or tea? Cream? Sugar?
Both! I like cold sweet tea. And coffee with cream, no sugar is a must. Got to have that energy kick! So I love the name “Coffee with Paula” (and some chocolate donuts wouldn’t hurt). Thank you for the coffee and the conversation, Paula! I had a great time, and I hope your blog readers will enjoy this interview.
Haha, okay, I will try to remember the donuts next time! Thank you so much, Alexa, for joining me and being so open with your answers! It is always a pleasure to get to spend time with you!
Please take a moment to read all about Rapsodia and comment below to enter to win an ebook copy of it! Contest will be open through June 20, 2018 at 6PM!
A risk taker with a crushed spirit and a control-addicted businessman with a crushed heart… Can they surrender themselves to God’s healing love?
After the woman he loved left him for a richer guy, Marco Carter turned all his passion toward the chain of pizzerias he founded. He can control his business, unlike love. Then his world is turned upside down. He meets Samantha Jenkins on his flight home to Texas after his grandmother’s eightieth birthday. Many hours with the guarded but beautiful Samantha has him questioning his career-centered mindset.
A born risk taker and fiercely independent, Samantha misses her former life as a travel photographer and extreme sports aficionado. But more than anything, she grieves her fiancé. On her trip from Italy on the anniversary of his tragic passing, the last thing she expects is to become drawn to her neighbor on her flight. Deep inside, she still blames herself for her fiancé’s death…
Though Marco is determined to forget Samantha, the arrival of a mysterious painting reminds him of all that is missing in his life. Hoping for a new chance with her, Marco opens a pizzeria in Samantha’s hometown in south Texas. Spending time with her, he’s learning to surrender control to the Lord. But apparently it’s easier to earn millions than to make Samantha open her heart again. What will it take for her to heal enough to trust in God and take the biggest risk of all-to love again?