Alexis Donkin

Biography

Alexis Donkin is passionate, purposeful, and prolific. If Margaret Atwood and C.S. Lewis had a lovechild, it would be her.

Alexis currently lives in Southern California with her family and real-life familiar. She has lived many places and studied many things. Between writing, speaking, and chasing her kid, she paints, sings, and dances. Sometimes she does it all at once. Be sure to connect with her and sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/btmIPD

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Pennsylvania pops up so often in my stories is because my extended family is there. There's a soft spot in my heart for Western Pennsylvania. While I was born outside of Philly, most of my formative years were spent in Albany, NY. At the time, Albany was a very artsy place with a vibrant music and art scene. My parents are both ordained clergy which forced me into a lot of volunteer situations and social justice thinking. The combination has definitely driven a lot of themes and locations for my books.
When did you first start writing?
Well, there are two answers to this question. The first is, I've been writing since I could. I think I first began through journaling as part of a sort of homeschooling-vacation agenda my mother drafted for me when she took me out of school for a week in third grade. About the same time, my elementary school had a "Living Literature" week which included writing, illustrating, and binding our own books. Every year I looked forward to this. My books always needed several bunches of pages. That should have been the first sign...

The second answer is I didn't see writing as a career until I didn't have any career options. When the world strips you down, it becomes a lot easier to play with ideas. I was in my second year of marriage, unemployed, and despite my best efforts, couldn't find a job. But I did have this idea for a story...and I'd been wanting to write a full novel forever but had always made excuses. So after a week of 15 hour days writing, I completed THE BROTHERS. Having written one novel, I realized I couldn't stop. So I kept going.
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Where to find Alexis Donkin online


Books

Six Degrees of Separation: 42 Days Through Faith (An Interfaith Devotional)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Meditations
42 DAYS THROUGH FAITH is an interfaith devotional that increases empathy and compassion by emphasizing our common humanity. Every day focuses on a specific aspect of a weekly theme. Daily devotionals include a short contemplation, journal exercise, final thought or affirmation, & selected sacred text from one of six world religions.
Six Degrees of Separation: A Curriculum on World Religion
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,660. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Multicultural education, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Education
SIX DEGREES is a curriculum that communities can use to increase their understanding of major world religions and foster interfaith dialogue. Learn about holidays, revelation, religious focus, and origins. Discuss and unpack current events & religious acts. Find commonalities between all religions, and the tools necessary for a loving cosmopolitan community.
Stakes, Chapter 3: Genesis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After an emotional evening of revelations from her brother Tommy's past, Gwen shares her developing abilities with her new friends. Struggling with her own secrets and her brother's, she confronts her family about Tommy. Unfortunately, Gwen's discoveries have just begun in chapter 3 of this paranormal serial novel.
Stakes, Chapter 2: Masked
Series: Stakes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In Chapter 2: Masked, Gwen hesitates to embrace her true nature, but family tragedy won't let her ignore it. Event after event force her to admit how little she knows about her hometown, her brother, and herself. Follow Gwen as she grudgingly accepts the help of a stranger from her brother's past and the mentorship of an unusual business owner to discover what's truly at stake.
The Write Story Manifesto
Price: Free! Words: 2,940. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
I believe in the power of words and ideas. I believe that ideas cannot die, and so influence reality. I believe that if we focus on ideas that increase empathy, compassion, and empowerment, the world will become a better place. This is my purpose in my writing and speaking. Find out more about my purpose, and how even the smallest acts of compassion make a difference.
Stakes, Chapter 1: Vessel
Series: Stakes. Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
As her true nature reveals itself, Gwen finds out one secret after another, placing her at odds with her family, friends, and the entire community. Follow Gwen as she must choose whether to ignore dark secrets or embrace the truth.
The Khloe Alwell Series: Special Edition Series Boxed Set
Series: Khloe Alwell. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 478,620. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Follow 16 year old Khloe Alwell as she discovers who she is, her role in the hidden Otherworld, and just how strong a teen girl can be. As Khloe uncovers secrets and lies, she realizes how big even her smallest choices are. The fate of the world is in her hands. Will she turn her back & assure its destruction, or claim her inheritance? Read epic adventure fantasy series KHLOE ALWELL to find out!
Andrew
Series: The Rollins Pack. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,190. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Andrew, second eldest Rollins, takes up the mantle of Alpha heir to the Pittsburgh werewolf pack with grace and obedience. But soon the Great Recession, his mother's indiscretions, and a brother's mess threaten the Rollins' position. With the help of brothers and friends, Andrew learns what it means to be a Rollins and Alpha, for better or for worse.
Family, Friend, or Foe
Series: Khloe Alwell. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,910. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
As natural disasters plague the human world, her ex-boyfriend goes crazy, & Sidhe rebels threaten beyond the veil, 16 year old Khloe must fulfill a role meant only for her. With the help of her family, friends, & a romance spanning lifetimes, she must end the conflict and unite the Otherworld through forgiveness, plus convince humanity to change - or face certain destruction.
Thrive: How I Became A Superhero (Memoir)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,910. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
How we respond to suffering is optional. When confronted by suffering, we have an opportunity to choose to be a victim or a superhero. THRIVE is a personal memoir chronicling one woman's suffering which she transformed into opportunities for empowerment. Get specific guidance and practical steps to developing resilience and asserting personal control. Learn how to become a real-life superhero.
Transform To Thrive: 32 Days From Victim To Superhero (A Journal Guide)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations
Choose to be a superhero in your own life. Transform yourself in 32 days using this journal guide. Everyday, spend a few moments examining a different part of your life. Use the writing exercises to change your perspective. Repeat the daily mantras to lock your new perspective in place. See the resources you have at your disposal already and recognize that you can be the hero in your story.
The Path to Total Equality: A Social Revolution
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2015. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Sexism is alive and well. Women still make less money than men, remain objectified, and still lack control over their bodies. There are calls for equality, but what would that mean? What would need to happen in America for total sexual equality to be realized? This essay is a blueprint for the specific changes required to realize complete sexual equality.
Unexpected Symptoms: Postpartum
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,980. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Pregnancy and Child Birth, Nonfiction » Parenting » Reference
Why is it that no one tells you about all the weird stuff that happens to women's bodies after childbirth? Most women are so focused on birth, they forget to think about all the changes that will happen afterwards. This irreverent book gives you an overview of what to expect, how to cope, accept, or even embrace your body's changes.
Unexpected Symptoms: Pregnancy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,370. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Pregnancy and Child Birth, Nonfiction » Parenting » Reference
Why is it that all pregnant women wonder if their experiences are normal? Unfortunately, something is always missing from pregnancy resources. Get the nitty gritty details so you can recognize your symptoms as normal, as well as tips and tricks to cope with annoying symptoms, plus ETAs for when you can expect them to disappear! Know even unexpected symptoms can be normal!
52 Lists from Pregnant to Parent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Pregnancy and Child Birth
Wouldn't it be great if everything you needed to be organized from pregnancy through baby were in one place? Trying to figure out your diaper bag? What about some date ideas to rekindle your relationship after baby is born? How about nursery essentials? It's all here and more! Minimize stress with these helpful & fun lists!
Zephyrs
Price: Free! Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Hundreds of years after the tragedy of Uruk, the Otherworld is divided into what will become the Seelie and Sidhe. Meanwhile the young poet, Zephysus, wonders about the legend of that ancient village. By a stroke of fate, he meets two of Lilith and Ammon's children. But they don't compare to the person Zephysus meets that night, which changes the fate of the entire Otherworld
Lilith and Ammon
Series: Khloe Alwell, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,290. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
At the heart of the division beyond the veil is an ancient myth of forbidden romance, betrayal, and jealousy, that shows a path to redemption. By learning the history of the legendary Lilith and Ammon, as well as Adam and Eve, Khloe Alwell discovers the root of the Otherworld conflict, and just how tangled good and evil can become in the epic fantasy, LILITH AND AMMON.
Below the Belt (An Ancient Alien Fiction Novel)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Alisa meets Dr. Corwin Pierce, bizarre things happen on campus & at archaeological sites that link to him. She can only guess who he is, but the truth is more disturbing than his mystery... Unwittingly thrown in the middle of an ancient alien conflict, Alisa navigates terraformed worlds, apocalypse, romance, humanity, & difference. She must choose a side in Orion's Belt - rebels or Watchers
Uncertain Transformation: Poems Written in Crisis & Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Imagine being seven months pregnant and your husband just lost his job, and with it his insurance. This was poet and author Alexis Donkin's situation in July 2013. In an effort to understand and come to terms with the stress of her situation and the normal discomforts and pressures of her pregnancy, Alexis wrote this collection of poems.
Jeremiah
Series: The Rollins Pack. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,870. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jeremiah Rollins has it all. As heir to the Pittsburgh werewolf pack and a thriving conglomerate, with good grades and playing the holy trinity of sports at his exclusive school, Jeremiah wants for nothing. Except he wants none of it. In his quest for freedom, he sets off a chain of events that will change his life, and his family forever.
James
Series: The Rollins Pack. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,880. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After the bubble burst on his father's business, James and his alpha family find themselves in an old farmhouse in Vermont, fantasizing about the life they left behind in Pittsburgh. In light of his werewolf transformation, pack politics begin to upset his life, his love, and his family. Follow James as he comes to terms with just what it means to be an alpha of the Rollins pack.
Lovers and Rivals
Series: Khloe Alwell, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,850. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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At 16, Khloe Alwell's world changes when she discovers her Otherworld heritage. Now she stands in the middle of the ancient & violent conflict between Seelie & Sidhe. To find peace, Khloe must struggle to navigate her father's court, climate disasters, and forbidden romance. She must decide to embrace or deny what is meant for her beyond the veil.
The Brothers
Series: Khloe Alwell, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 133,920. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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In this epic fantasy, Khloe Alwell is about to turn sixteen, find her first real friends, fall in love, learn that every legend is true, discover her parents are living a lie, and one more thing. She's not human. Follow Khloe as she struggles to understand her place in the Otherworld, deals with the worst and best of boys, and finds out just how similar people can be, supernatural powers or not.

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