Alix Rickloff

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: December 27, 2010

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Title: Earl of Darkness | Publisher: Pocket Books | Genre: Paranormal | Release Date: Dec. 28th 2010

Please tell us your latest news!

EARL OF DARKNESS, the first book in my regency-paranormal Heirs of Kilronan trilogy is due to be released on December 28th 2010. Here's a quick blurb:

The earl of Kilronan believes a mysterious diary may hold clues to his father's murder. Unfortunately, the only person he's found who can decipher the book's magical language is Cat O'Connell, the beautiful woman he catches trying to steal it. Together, lord and thief race to unravel its secrets while struggling against a dangerous passion.

The follow-up, LORD OF SHADOWS is slated for a July 2011 release with the final book in the series coming out in January 2012.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Are you kidding? Thank god for deadlines or I'd still be tinkering. My internal editor never shuts off so I can always find something to tweak. Probably why I rarely go back and read the finished work after I receive my author copies. I know it's too late to fiddle with it and that drives me crazy.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Wow! Favorite author-that's a tough one.

I'd have to say going by my keeper shelf I have two favorites and they're writing couldn't be more different.

I'm a huge devotee of Dorothy Dunnett. I love the way she pulls you so completely into the worlds she creates as well as the ambiguity she brings to her stories. She doesn't spell everything out for you so that every reading uncovers a little bit more.

The other author that garners a lot of shelf space in my office is Rosamunde Pilcher. Her books are like a big warm quilt I wrap myself in when I need a pick-me-up. She's wonderful at making the ordinary seem a little magical.

Do you have a specific writing style?

If I do, I couldn't tell you what it is. All I know is that when I read it back to myself out loud it has to sound right to my ear. If the words don't have that certain flow, I know there's editing to do.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. The hardest thing to learn has been how many hats an author has to wear. It's not enough anymore to hide away in a room and write. A writer has to have amazing business savvy to succeed in this industry.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I'm one of those annoying people who began scribbling stories back in grade school and always knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. (OK, maybe for a few years, I had visions of veterinary school, but that was until I realized how squeamish I am.)

Anyway, my doting father would take my early masterpieces to his office and have them Xeroxed and bound. (I often wonder what his secretary thought as she collated these pages.) I still have the finished copies in a box in my attic.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

It's probably been said a million times but make time to write every day and be persistent. Finish a project and while you're submitting be writing the next manuscript. Always be working on something.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

I credit my husband for giving me the shove I needed to pull my manuscripts out of the desk drawer and really work toward publication. He's been fabulously supportive from the beginning. But it's my mother who's my biggest fan. She reads everything I write as soon as the copies hit the door.

Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?

Before the call, I worked in non-profit direct mail marketing. Now I write full time. I love being able to devote all my energy to writing, but sometimes I miss the camaraderie of the work place. No water cooler talk-my cat doesn't count.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I am a confirmed pantser. I usually begin a project with a premise and basic character sketches of my hero and heroine. But nothing comes alive for me until I sit down at the keyboard at which point, the characters run the show. That's when the intricacies of the plot start to take shape.

It's messy, frustrating, and occasionally nail-bitingly frightening, but somehow it works.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

On the go, I carry a notebook and pen. At home, it's my trusty laptop.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

I spent so many years juggling writing, work, and family, there was no time for ritual. Now other than a large cup of coffee (or two) in the morning when I sit down at my desk, I'm ready to go anytime, anywhere.

What main genre do you write in?

Romance, Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Thank you for inviting me to be here. I had a great time.