I am thrilled to have my very first Coffee with Paula Marie author interview back with us today – one year later – to catch up and see what has been happening in the last 12 months! Please join me in welcoming back Alexa Verde.
PM: Alexa, first off, thank you for taking the time to allow me to pester you once again! I hope this year has been wonderful for you, I know you have written several more stories, and I have had the pleasure of reading them all! I can’t name my favorites, as they have all been amazing, but I can say how excited I am for the series taking place in Chapel Cove! The intersecting characters all living in one small town is wonderful, and having two other authors (Autumn Macarthur & Marion Ueckermann) writing stories with the same cast of characters has been so much fun for us readers! How challenging is it writing a series collaborating with other authors?
AV: I love talking to you, so no pestering at all! And it was such a privilege to be the first interview on your wonderful blog. Writing Chapel Cove Romances with Autumn and Marion is a lot of fun. We help each other with ideas and feedback. We build the new storyworld together, and we all love Chapel Cove already. If it was a real place, I’d probably consider moving there! Marion kindly designed covers for all the books in the series, and I think they are beautiful. So much better than anything I could’ve done myself. The biggest challenge for me was the same timeline for the first three books in the series. I wrote Love Me the way it flowed, without thinking what other characters did at the time, and boy, did it require a lot if fixing later! But really, it’s a great pleasure working with Autumn and Marion.
PM: Aw, thank you so much, you are such a dear! I can only imagine the challenge that the time line presented! As a reader of all three books, I can tell you that you all did an amazing job of it!
What’s your favorite color? Any reason why?
PM: Will you be doing any more Potter’s House books in the coming year? Curious minds want to know, lol!
AV: I hope I won’t disappoint anybody if I say no. I’m grateful for the experience and for the amazing support readers showed this series. But I got involved in so many upcoming projects, and there are only so many hours in the day. I need to learn to sleep fast. 🙂
PM: As long as you keep writing your amazing stories, I don’t think people will be too disappointed <grins>! I admit I did not read ALL of the Potter’s House series authors, but did find a couple of new authors I liked from being introduced that way!
What has been the most surprising event that happened to you in the last year?
AV: I hope it won’t be considered as bragging, but having #1 releases in their category.
PM: Bragging?? LOL, that is awesome, and so deserving – definitely not bragging!
Tell us what you enjoy doing the most when you are not writing or reading?
AV: Talking to God.
PM: Amen to that! I just love talking to God like an everyday friend, I did not have that growing up. ANd I love to sing along to worship music (as long as no one else can hear me, hehehe). What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
AV: Mostly pop music. Sometimes country. I do like good lyrics, too.
PM: I love when you add pets in a story. Do you have a lot of personal experience with animals? You always give them such great personalities!
AV: Thank you so much for your kind words! I wish I had a lot of personal experience with pets. I love them, and they always love us unconditionally. One day I hope to have a dog. Alaskan Huskies are such gorgeous dogs.
PM: I am not trying to embarrass you here or anything, but I want to take this opportunity to just try and tell you how grateful I am for your mentorship this past year while I was getting this little blog of mine launched! You mean so much to me, and it had me wondering who some of your mentor’s might have been when you started writing Christian Fiction. Can you share – without specifics, if need be – who has been influential on your journey?
AV: I believe this blog was a gift from God to you. It shows your talents and your love for Christian fiction. I’m tremendously grateful for your friendship and treasure it. As for my mentor, I pray to be guided by God. It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone if I say that I think Autumn Macarthur was the answer to my prayers years ago, even unspoken ones. She’s a true Christian and an amazing author. A lot of different authors helped me on the way, but if I have to name one person, this is it.
PM: That is so sweet of you to say…I feel that your friendship has definitely been a gift from God to me! I love Autumn as well, she is amazing!
So, you have departed Rios Azules for a time and are currently writing about a small town on the Oregon Coast. How different has that been for you? Have you ever had the opportunity to visit Oregon?
AV: It’s much colder! I’m used to the fact that it’s nearly always warm in south Texas, so I tended to dress my characters too lightly for Oregon weather! Chapel Cove is a lovely town with a great community, and I’m already getting attached to many characters there. I haven’t had an opportunity to visit Oregon. Hopefully, one of these days. A wonderful reader of ours, Marylin Furumasu, was incredibly helpful to us to get facts about Oregon right. And she created graphics for the series that I absolutely love!
PM: I just adore Marylin’s work, happy to share her website with everyone! Her graphics can be found at http://www.mfliteraryworks.com!
Finally, I’ll ask you to remind us about your coffee drinking…love it, like, don’t care for it all??
AV: Looooove it! Got to have my coffee in the morning. Preferably with a creamer and a cookie (okay, it’s usually several cookies, but no need to count). Thank you so much for the interview and a virtual cup of coffee, Paula! Always a pleasure to talk to you, and you know I love your blog. Heartfelt thanks for all the support you give Christian authors.
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Alexa is part of an awesome new series of books coming out with another of my favorite authors – Autumn Macarthur!
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You will fall in love with these characters as the journey is romantic, mysterious and suspenseful…..but most of all filled with God’s goodness!
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Alexa is being so generous – again – as to offer one of our commenters an Amazon Gift Card for $5.00 (winner must have an Amazon account). Contest will run for one week from today and winner will be notified via email. To enter simply comment here and tell us what you love best about book series / collaboration with authors!