Alexandra Benedict

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: June 19, 2008

Alexandra Benedict's Web Site

Interview

Hello Alexandra,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

Sure! I work part-time in a museum while writing historical romance for Avon Books. Both jobs offer me a chance to gab about my favorite subject: history!

What do you do on a typical writing day?

I check e-mail in the morning, then I write until lunch. After a short break, I'll work a few more hours. In the evening I tend to plan /outline the scene/chapter I intend to write the following day.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

When I have writer's block I know the stories gone astray. At that point I stop what I'm doing and either re-write or delete the previous scene. After a fresh start I'm right back on track.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

My next project is a series. It features four brothers who've retired from piracy to protect their (duchess) sister's reputation. But can the pirate lords really give up their wicked ways?

What do you do for inspiration?

Dream! I get a lot of great ideas while dreaming. Other little things inspire me, too: anecdotes, televisions shows.

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

I first decided to submit my work in 1999. It was my mother who encouraged me to take the step.

After taking a creative writing course in high school I re-discovered a love for story telling. I set to work on my first book that summer after graduation. It was a personal challenge, really. I wanted to see if I could actually write a whole book. After I'd completed the work I put it aside; I'd achieved my goal. It was my mother who then persuaded me to set a new goal: publication. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

Honestly, I can't remember the worst advice I ever received. However, I remember the worst encouragement I ever received: I confided in an employment counselor that I wanted to be a writer. He snorted.

The best advice I ever received was in high school. I was job shadowing at an animation studio with the intent to pursue animation as a future career (I had many interests back then). During the training session an animator asked me: why do you want to work in animation? I respond: because I like it and I'm good at it. But do I like it enough to wake up at 2:00am to draw cartoons? he asked. I scratched my head, thinking . No! I then realized "liking" something wasn't the same as "passion." Passion was loving something enough to sacrifice sleep for it. Animation was not my calling. But writing was: I'd sacrifice sleep for it. And I do! I often wake up with an idea that I just have to scribble down. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Both. I always figure out the general story. I know the central conflict between my protagonists and I know the story's resolution. I don't bother with chapter outlines at the start. Instead I outline each chapter just before I'm about to write it. What was your first published work and when was it published?

The first book I ever published was A Forbidden Love (Avon Books , January 2006). In it a sinfully decadent lord rescues an injured gypsy maiden from bandits. Later he must choose between love or being an outcast in society.

How can readers find out more about you and your books?

You can visit me at www.AlexandraBenedict.ca

Thank you for this opportunity!