Alexandra Andersen is a romance author, online editor, and founder of Wine & Drama. Alexandra is an avid traveler and spends her time drinking coffee and wine in between writing. It is her firm belief that the universe expands to allow you to realize your inner most dreams and desires.
She believes you can get everything you want and deserve out of life. You deserve love. You deserve happiness. But, most of all you deserve a good life. Be passionate always. Your life is truly what you choose to make it.
She plans on moving one day to a little cottage in the English countryside. Where she can write in peace and finally meet a horseback riding, whisky drinking, foxhunting Darcy-esque Lord to shack up with. For now, she'll settle for sushi, pedicures, small unruly children, crème brulee, and Malbec wine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a free story called the Grind (a Smashwords Exclusive). The inspiration for it was taken from one of my novella's Jilted Again.
The main character's stepsister in Jilted Again, Jaden Jablonsky was such a funny, take no prisoners character that she gave me irritated looks and snarky comments until I decided to tell her story.
Jaden owns the Green Beanery a cafe in Portland, Oregon. She's the type of woman that appears very non-expressive. She doesn't ever fully let you in and you're often wondering where you stand with her.
I wanted to show you a pivotal point in her life several years ago. The story takes place when Jaden was starting her business. It's this particular story that sets her on her current path, but also allows you to see behind her emotional iron curtain, and gain a deeper understanding of her motivations.
Jaden knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. I enjoyed the fact that she's fearless and unafraid to become emotionally involved even when she know's it's going to cost her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a storyteller and an insatiable reader. My primary medium of self-expression was visual arts. I started drawing before I could write and I've always sketched and painted.
In my sketches I would create comic book style stories that would span several notebooks. I often entertained my younger brother and sister for hours on end when they were little with demented and slightly off-kilter fairy tales.
I'd been very successful in design as a career field, but there was this part of me dying to get free and share the worlds and characters I created. I pushed it down and tried my best to ignore it.
I think fear of not being good enough held me back. I remember in my creative writing class in 9th grade, I wrote a story I was immensely proud of and the teacher gave me a D+. (Yes, she added the plus to the grade.) She recommended that I stick to art, because I'd never make it as a writer. That planted the seed of doubt and effectively froze my writing career for a very long time.
Then I read several books by Steven Pressfield, "Do the Work," "The War of Art," and "Turning Pro," those books changed my thinking and my life. Also my best friend Shayne McClendon believed in my writing and her insights were inspirational.
It helped me get beyond myself and realize that my readers and future readers needed my unique view of the world and the stories that I write.
I went the indie route and became an indie author because I've always believed that you can have success on your own terms. I've bootstrapped all of my businesses, had parents that arrived in this country with nothing and were very successful. I knew being an indie was the way I wanted to create my success as an independent author.
By Alexandra Andersen
Published: December 9, 2013.
Noelle Fournier dreamed of being a bride ever since she was born. After a devastating broken engagement five years ago, she’s now engaged to the dashing Dmitri Orlov and more than ready for her happy ending complete with an antique tiara and Tiffany wedding cake. Her world is suddenly shattered when Dmitri reveals on their wedding day, he’s given his heart and soul to someone else. Chaos ensues.
By Alexandra Andersen
Published: August 23, 2013.
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
Jaden Jablonsky is determined to make it on her own terms. Behind her easy tomboy attitude lies the mind of a business tycoon. Nothing will stop her dreams. When Jaden travels to the rainforest and meets her guide, the enigmatic Pierce Griffith, she knows it will cost her. Will Jaden gamble her feelings and her upstart coffee empire on the charming Australian with dangerous secrets of his own?
This story by Shayne, made me laugh and cry. Grab the kleenex, because you're going to need it. JoEllen is fiesty, funny, and a determined fighter. She knows she's going to make her life better from sheer persistence. What she doesn't count on is Holden's dedication to her! Read it and find out what happens in this emotionally charged read. Loved it.