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Rad-Reader:Where did you grow up and did it influence
you’re writing at all?
I’m originally from the Tidewater area in Virginia. Due
to that I love the beach and decided to create my own seaside town to use in my
stories. That’s where my fictional town of New Haven, Virginia came from.
Rad-Reader:What are the first 3 words you think of when
you think of your newest book?
Intense, sexy, redemption
Rad-Reader:How did you dream up the Alexander
family?What would your newest lead
characters like about themselves?
The Alexanders seriesis about a multi-racial family that lives in southern
Virginia. It was important to me to write about a diverse cast of characters
since Virginia is so diverse. I really wanted to write a romance series that
reflects the reality I know.
My newest hero, Matt
Simmons, appreciates strength of character. He’s having a rough time adjusting
to civilian life after his time in the Army but he has the determination to get
through it. He also has the support of the Alexander family who consider him
one of their own.
Rad-Reader:What books influenced your writing style do
When I first started reading romance, there weren’t
many ethnic authors in the genre. However, Brenda Jackson, Francis Ray and
Felicia Mason wrote family sagas with ethnic characters that I adored. I am a
lifelong fan of these authors. It seems natural to me that I’d gravitate toward
writing interconnected family sagas myself. Of course, my unique twist is that
my books are usually more erotic. I’m able to blend erotic romance and family
saga now that readers are more accepting of a high heat level.
Rad-Reader:Is there an author you would like to meet and
I’d love to have a dinner date with Stephen King. He’s
so talented that it’s actually frightening. I read half of his book Needful Things when I was a teen and it
scared me so badly that I didn’t pick it up again to finish until ten years
Any author that can stay so vividly in your mind that
you remember to finish reading a book a decade later, is a mastermind.
Rad-Reader:Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, or hardback
I love e-books for the convenience factor. I love the
fact that I can have the equivalent of a library in my purse.
Rad-Reader:There are a lot of books turned into movies
any you can think of you like the movie better than the book?
I loved the Harry Potter books but there was something
truly special about experiencing Hogwarts on the big screen. I read the books
as an adult and watched the movies like a kid!
Rad-Reader:What are you currently reading and in what
format (e-book, paperback, or hardcover?)
E-book. I read almost everything on my Kindle. I’m reading
Relentless Pursuit by Kathleen
Brooks. Her books are funny, southern romantic suspense.
Rad-Reader:Any authors that you have seen lately that
they have just grabbed your attention?
Chloe Cox writes really sexy erotic romances set in a
BDSM club. I’ve read her whole series and loved it.I also just finished the latest in Tina
Folsom’s erotic romance vampire series. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while
I don’t know either of these authors personally, these
are just random people I’ve discovered browsing on Amazon and loved their
Rad-Reader:Who does your covers and do you have any say
I do my own covers and have been so shocked at how much
I’ve come to love graphic design. It takes a lot of time and energy to find
stock art and I really wish there were more resources for multicultural stock
Rad-Reader:Do you do trailers or have you thought about
I did one book trailer years ago and haven’t done one
since. I think they can work well for some authors but I could never figure out
how to market it!
Rad-Reader:Do you write under a pen name?Why?
Minx Malone is definitely not my real name. My parents
weren’t that cool. LOL. I like to protect my privacy but also, the name is a
marketing strategy as well. I could have chosen something plain like Jane Smith
as my pen name but I wanted something memorable and cheeky. When readers pick
up one of my books, they know what they’re getting. A quirky, fun, lighthearted
Rad-Reader:Your funniest childhood memory.
My little sister and I were playing with our new Barbie
Jacuzzi one day and having a grand time. It had a little pump on the side where
you put soap and then you could hit it over and over to create bubbles.
Apparently our poor mother had no idea what a big mess
the toy would create before she gave it to us because before long we were
sitting in the midst of this massive puddle of suds and shrieking with
excitement. Suddenly, our mom just snatched up the Barbie Jacuzzi and walked
away. My sister and I were so stunned that we didn’t even protest.
We never saw it again.
Our mother was extremely patient but that day, I think
it was just too much for her. She made that Jacuzzi disappear into thin air. We
still laugh about it to this day.
Of course, now that I’m a mom I understand completely.
I’ve made plenty of toys “disappear” over the years.
Rad-Reader:Any Pets or pet peeves? LOL
My biggest pet peeve is seeing words misspelled. It
drives me crazy! Or when people use the wrong word entirely like “I just new he was the one for me.” My inner
editor is going “it’s KNEW” and curled up on the floor whimpering.
Rad-Reader:Your Favorite: Drink, dessert, & food?
I’m a weirdo and usually don’t like the same things as
everyone else. I’m honestly not the biggest chocolate fan. I do, however, love
PASTA. If you give me a big bowl of spaghetti or a plate of ravioli, I’m a
Rad-Reader:If you could be one of your characters for
one day, which one would you be & why?
I would love to be Julia Alexander for a day. She’s so
loved by her whole family and everyone in her community. Also, she’s a
confidante to a lot of people and the keeper of many secrets. I think it’d be interesting
to be the center of all that for a day. Only for a day though. After that, I
think her life would be too hectic and exhausting for me!
I want to be each of your leading ladies.The men are strong but their hearts are all in the right place family.
But, Matt and Jackson so far have just melted my heart. Will we see anything
from Bennett?We know little about him.
Bennett has emerged as a reader favorite (right after
the strong and silent Elliott). Bennett is definitely getting his own book and
you’ll see how he develops into a strong leading man in his own right over the
next few books. I love writing about unlikely heroes. Bennett is highly
intelligent but shy, tongue-tied and socially awkward. Most people wouldn’t
think he was romance hero material.
Rad-Reader:What are you working on now?
I’m finishing Christmas
with the Alexanders, which is a novella set to release in November. This
will be a nice teaser for Elliott and Kaylee’s book (releasing in January 2014)
but also a look back at the previous characters. You’ll get to see Ridley as a
stepmom, how Raina’s faring as a new mother and how Matt and Penny are
adjusting to living together.
I’m enjoying catching up with all the characters and
sharing their Christmas traditions. Reading this book is going to feel like a
big, warm hug.
Rad-Reader:What are the things you never leave home
without (apart from: keys, money, & phone)
Kindle, lip gloss and a ponytail holder.
Rad-Reader:Do you like to sleep late or get up early on
Sleep late. Where do you think all these naughty book ideas
come from? My dreams! LOL
Rad-Reader:Laptop, desktop or longhand when writing your
wonderful stories like anything “Alexanders”?
Laptop. Sometimes I scribble longhand when I’m not near
a computer. I’ve also been known to write whole scenes on my phone.
Rad-Reader:Your favorite gadget you can’t live without?
iPhone. Not because I’m talkative but because it has
all my story notes in it! I like to jot things down when I’m on the go.
Rad-Reader:When’s your best time to write?
Evening. I wish I could be a morning person but I don’t
think it’ll ever happen.
Rad-Reader:Do you read reviews and do they affect your
day either way good or bad?
I used to read reviews. I’ve stopped because I don’t
think it serves any purpose other than to stroke your ego or tear you down. Bad
reviews can really mess with my writing process and make me second-guess what
I’m doing. I don’t need that negative energy.
I already know that I have an awesome group of fans.
Those are the people I’m writing for now. If I gain new fans, that’s great. If
not, then I’m still grateful for the amazing fans I already have.
Rad-Reader:On your last book “He’s the Man” & you
next book, what actor, if it was made into a TV series or movie would you like
to see playing your characters?Feel
free to send pics.I can see Kellen Lutz
or Eric Winter for Matt and for Penny: Katherin Heigl
In my Facebook readers group
(facebook.com/groups/alexanderfans) we regularly post pics of our favorite
“inspirations”. I like an actor named Justice Joslin as Matt even though he has
blue eyes. Just put brown contacts on him and he’s perfect.
For my next book, I chose the actor Lance Gross as the
inspiration for Elliott.
My favorite character inspiration ever though is actor
Tom Hardy as Raina’s bodyguard Sam.
This has gotten the most shares on my Pinterest board
of all! (http://www.pinterest.com/minxmalone/the-alexanders)
Anyone who looks at the pictures on our board can see
that this is truly a multicultural series!
Rad-Reader:Can you recommend any good books you’ve read
I already mentioned Kathleen Brooks and Tina Folsom as
two authors I love. You also can’t go wrong with Shayla Black for erotic
romance or Francis Ray if you enjoy family sagas.
Rad-Reader:Where can we reach you? Facebook, Goodreads,
The easiest route to reach me is my website because I
have links to all my social media right at the top.