Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm a true travel junkie and Internet-aholic, I love traveling to new and old places, trying out new restaurants, recipe-hunting, playing my keyboard, and most all the fine arts (that encompasses a lot, in and of itself). I love the sights and sounds of the ocean, and get weak-kneed at the thought of visiting every tourist destination known to man. I bike-ride & exercise when I can, yet somehow manage to "always" squeeze in time for theme parks, festivals, fairs, & just about every single store's bargain bin. I clip coupons religiously though I only use half the ones I clip out (just in case, `cause you never know). Graduated from both CCC College & CSU University in Cleveland. I currently reside in central Ohio, which I think can be quite pretty in the summer and fall.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
After reading my book, some will be surprised at this answer, but I choose Clifford. And why? I know this man extremely well, and he is without a doubt, one incredible, incredible man.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Paranormals followed by Historicals.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I break away from the story for a day or two, then come back to it in a more refreshed state of mind.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I have a full-length paranormal novel in progress about a powerful wizard and a very stubborn woman he falls in love with. She just about drives him nuts. It's very spicy, very sexy.and of course, it's a little bit unorthodox.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Certainly. This comes from my book, "Dare To Thrust (Passion's Prey 1)":
"Daren-" she mimicked. "The deck we have out there now is quite comfortable and more than adequate. I want a spacious, but intimate setting inside, in keeping with the long-standing reputation of this restaurant. This is not Mary's Soup Caf‚ or the Burger Buffet."
"I'm not implying that it is."
"Yes you are."
"No. I'm not."
Long moments of intense debate ensued with each of them voicing opinions that were contrary to the other's views. Before long, the original subject of adding more tables got lost in the shuffle, as both went off on tangents that quickly escalated to a difference of viewpoint on everything under the sun.
Lexus gave Daren an exasperated, piqued look. Huffing, she strode past him intent on walking out on him and their inexhaustible debates. "I find you nerve-wrenching and nerve-wracking."
"Come back here," he warned softly.
"No. The conversation is over," she replied hotly, not breaking her stride towards the door.
"This conversation is not over," he snapped. He moved into her personal space with a swiftness that stunned, and all but yanked her back towards him. Straight into the circle of his arms. It was the first time he'd touched her. Really touched. His arms locked around her waist, holding her captive.
His breath caught in his throat. Frissons of maagi static shot up his arm where he touched her. His entire hand tingled as his fingers seemed to move on their own accord slowly up her arm and toward her chest.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Believe it or not, I have no "perfect" hero. Why? Because I like the idea that a man has his many good points as well as his few flaws, even if he's human or not. I feel the same way in real life as I do in story life. In other words, being imperfect, is perfect to me.
What do you do for inspiration?
I have a very active imagination. I daresay, I need nothing at all for inspiration just yet (smile).
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A fantasy serial-a collection of nothing but extremely short stories that merge into the next short story. I would call it my "Fantastic Fantasy Serial-where anything goes."
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Reading. I like to give in-depth thought to the background or environment that the story is based around, whether it's a time long past or a world I've completely made up.
Yes, definitely. I really do enjoy it. For the story "Tangled Web," I spent hours upon hours, no, weeks, doing research not only of this era, but of the actual year in which the story, itself, unfolds. Exciting things happen during this particular year. I wanted the reader to have a sense that they were really in this time period-from what they eat, to how they dressed, to the activities they partook in, to the very color of the carriage they rode in.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Sometimes, I'm a little crazy, sometimes unorthodox and risqu‚. I walk my own path, walk my own walk, talk my own talk, and am sincerely non-judgmental of those who do so as well. Come by and get to know me, everyone is welcome in my world.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Worst advice: Are you "sure" this is worth it--personally, I don't think so. Best advice: Keep trying til you get it right.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
No. I simply let my story ideas and thoughts flow wily nily across the page. I like the freedom this affords me. Later on, I can adjust, re-write, and re-think the chapter.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
My website is: TheFranticRomantic.com (if you type in AlexiZSanchez.Com, that will link to me as well). I have a new MySpace site, my ID is: AlexiZSanchez.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
I invite readers to stop by my website weekly. There is always something going on there that I want to share with others. Whether it's about my books, thoughtful things, or flat-out zany things.
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King