I was lucky enough recently to do a quick interview with the fabulous and funny paranormal romance author Lexi George. Below are the 5 questions i asked her and her wonderful witty answers. Enjoy!
Lexie's current book. Book 2
Demon Hunting in the Deep South
Demon-slayers, evil forces, and an uber-bitchy ghost . . .
Hotter Than A Demon In Panties
Evie Douglass doesn’t know what’s worse—the demons secretly infesting her small Alabama hometown…or human belle-from-hell Meredith Starr Peterson, who’s made her life miserable since high school. But when the “Death Starr” is brutally murdered and Evie is the number-one suspect, she’s suddenly besieged by the evil-not-dead-enough and Meredith’s furious specter. The only way she can clear her name is to get out from under demon hunter Ansgar’s grim protection. He’s blond, breathtaking, and the most lethal of all his kin, but after years of teasing, Evie is wary of anyone who swears her plus-size self is beautiful. However, having Ansgar all over her is sparking outrageous powers Evie didn’t know she had. And she’ll face any ultimate evil to keep this sexy slayer in this dimension and in her bed for all eternity…
1. WHERE??? Do you get your ideas? This might be a question authors hear a lot but after reading your books i have got to know! lol
Everywhere! Seriously, I get ideas from all sorts of people on the street, places, books, television, music, news articles—as zany as I get, I can never get crazier than real life! I read a piece in the news the other day about a woman who makes diapers for chickens, and I thought, That’s going in a book! There are all kinds of places in Alabama to get inspiration, like the Rattlesnake Rodeo in Opp, the local mud bog, and the Peanut Festival in Dothan. Also, I like to brainstorm with writer friends and they come up with some dandies! And, my family is certifiably nuts, so that helps. For instance, I had a great uncle who was nearly seven feet tall. When he died, his sister, Bertha Mae (I kid you not, that was her name!) came into the funeral home and fell out on the floor in a fit, because she was convinced my mother had cut his legs off to buy a cheaper coffin. They had to open the box and show the fool woman that my uncle still had his legs. I mean, that’s for real and that’s what I grew up with!
2. Would people who know you say your as witty and funny in person as you come across in your writing?
I think so. I was one of those awkward kids—tall and gangly, with big feet. It was either make people laugh or be the butt of their jokes. My dad had a very dry, charming sense of humor, and I loved being around him. Boy, he made me laugh. In my day job, I’m an appellate criminal lawyer, which means I see bad stuff all day long. You develop a sense of humor as a defense mechanism, I think, when you read murder, rape and mayhem. It’s either laugh or cry!
3. There are a lot of southernisms ( if that term is accurate) in your book. Is this truly how it is in your family and for you growing up?
Oh, yes, I love quaint and funny sayings, and superstitions. My dad was a real card and cracked me up. My mother, on the other hand, is a very proper, retired English teacher without a sense of humor. The bawdiness comes from my teenage years when I ran with a crowd of kids that liked to try and gross one another out. Hey, it was a small town and there was nothing else to do, but ride around and drink beer, and talk trash!
4. What is the most important thing you want people to take away from one of your books when they read them? How do you want them described?
I hope my books allow people to escape and that they make people laugh. I aim for my books to be entertaining, fast paced, and romantic. I try to write sex scenes that are emotional and draw the reader into the characters’ love story. My goal is to write multidimensional, sympathetic characters, and I want my characters to come alive for the reader, for them to be as real to the reader as they are to me. That would be wonderful.
5. What do you like to read when you have time to enjoy a book?
I love romance, both contemporary and historical. Janet Evanovich cracks me up, Loretta Chase makes me want to throw myself in front of a train, because she is such a wonderful writer, and I long to be at Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series is freaking brilliant, and now I am reading the third book of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is on HBO as A Game of Thrones. He’s another one that makes me want to turn in my laptop, he’s so gifted!
Lexi George is an appellate lawyer by day and a romance writer by night. She started her writing career in the third grade penning bad poetry about hydrangea bushes and Erik the Red. Ironically, she ended up marrying a Viking, a Northern boy who came to Alabama with the Air Force and stayed.
She wrote poetry all through high school and college. And then she decided to go to law school and the muse left in a huff. The muse hated law school.
The muse returned when Lexi’s oldest child was a toddler and Lexi has been writing ever since. After piling up an impressive number of rejections on her first book, a fantasy romance that she worked on for more than ten years, Lexi decided to try her hand at something else. The result was Demon Hunting in Dixie, a paranormal romance about demon hunters in the Deep South.
The second book in the series Demon Hunting in the Deep South, was released on July 31, 2012. Lexi has a novella in the Kensington anthology, So I Married A Demon Slayer. Book three, Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, will be released in January of 2013.
The muse is very happy, and so is Lexi.
Visit Lexi on Facebook and Twitter and check out her website at www.lexigeorge.com
Lexi’s books are available from: Amazon.com , Barnes and Noble.com, BooksaMillion.com, Indiebound.org, borders.com, or your favorite retailer.
Lexi is giving away a copy of Demon Hunting in the Deep South in paperback! US only please. Sorry. Answer this question what things do you look for in a romance. LIke, do they like them dark and angsty, or funny or does it depend on their mood? Instant chemistry, or a slow, steady burn? All things tied up, or questions left unanswered? OR ask Lexi one of your own. Don't forget to leave your email address so we can contact you for your mailing address if you win. Giveaway ends Monday August 27th.
Next book which is Book 3 out in January of 2013