Interview with Alexa Grace

Tell me about yourself and your writing.
I wrote a romantic suspense novel in 1985, went the traditional route and it was not published. I made a career change that year and for the next 25 plus years, I devoted myself 100% to my training management positions. When my Director of Training position was eliminated in 2011, a door closed for me but another one opened. I had an opportunity to make my dream of writing books a reality. So I went for it.
I did a lot of Internet research in self-publishing. Indie authors like Theresa Ragan and John Locke really motivated me to take the Indie route. Like them, I wanted to retain control of book design, writing, marketing, etc. Thus, my Indie journey began with my first book Deadly Offerings published in 2011, followed by Deadly Deception, Deadly Relations, and Deadly Holiday in 2012. Profile of Evil, the first book of my new Profile Series was published in 2013. In 2014, I will release Profile of Terror and Profile of Fear.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love reading books by James Patterson, Alison Brennan, Ann Rule, Kathryn Casey, Laura Griffin, Dianna Love and others. I try to stick to the thriller or romantic suspense genre, but I have always been a fan of true crime.
Do you think you'll ever write a romance outside of the suspense/thriller genre?
I doubt that I will. Romantic suspense writing is what I was meant to do. It's my passion.
Which of your characters were the most challenging to write?
The sexual sadist, serial killer in my book Profile of Evil was the most challenging to write because his character required so much research. I was determined that his character, behaviors, and actions be credible so I researched by reading books written by profilers, discussed with my subject matter experts, and did extensive Internet research. This research was also needed so I could write an accurate profile for my profiler Carly Stone character.
Tell us a little about Profile of Evil.
In Profile of Evil, Carly Stone is a brilliant FBI agent who's seen more than her share of evil. Leaving the agency, she becomes a consultant for Indiana County Sheriff Brody Chase, who needs her profiling skills to catch an online sex predator luring preteen girls to their deaths in his county.

An undeniable attraction forms between the sheriff and his profiler, and they are unsure of how they feel about that. She's in Indiana to do a job. That's all. Once the killer is captured, she'll head home to Florida. They both vow to end the job with their hearts intact. But will the heat between them prove impossible to ignore?

As the body count increases, can the predator be stopped before he kills again? A life hangs in the balance, and the two rushes to stop the most terrifying killer of their careers — and time is running out.
Will you release more books in 2014?
Yes. I plan to release two more books for the Profile Series.

Early 2014 Profile of Terror

Social media sites are the playground for twin sexual predators and are the last stops for three young women. When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her. Once her lifeless body is discovered, her gorgeous and accusing older sister is the distraction Gabe doesn't need as the body count increases and he hunts down the killers.

Late 2014 Profile of Fear

A body found by a trash collector takes Detective Cameron Chase into the unspeakable world of human sexual trafficking. His county is the last place anyone would consider for sex trafficking, and that's just what the traffickers are counting on.

When his lover's teenaged daughter is abducted by the traffickers, the clock ticks as Cameron searches for her. Will he find her before the traffickers sell her abroad — or worse?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a romantic suspense novel in 1985, went the traditional route and it was not published. I made a career change that year and for the next 25 plus years, I devoted myself 100% to my training management positions. When my Director of Training position was eliminated in 2011, a door closed for me but another one opened. I had an opportunity to make my dream of writing romantic suspense books a reality. So I went for it.

I did a lot of Internet research in self-publishing. Indie authors like Theresa Ragan and John Locke really motivated me to take the Indie route. Like them, I wanted to retain control of book design, writing, marketing, etc. Thus, my Indie journey began with my first book Deadly Offerings published in 2011, followed by Deadly Deception, Deadly Relations, and Deadly Holiday in 2012. Profile of Evil was released in 2013.
Tell us about the books in your Deadly Trilogy.
In DEADLY OFFERINGS, Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest living on a wind farm left to her by her ex's mother. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her! And how can she be falling in love with the hot attorney who represented her ex-husband in their divorce proceedings? Note: DEADLY OFFERINGS is currently free for your ereader.

DEADLY DECEPTION involves readers in the disturbing world of illegal adoptions, baby trafficking and murder with new detective Lane Hansen and private investigator Frankie Douglas. Going undercover as husband and wife, Lane and Frankie struggle to keep their relationship strictly professional as their sizzling passion threatens to burn out of control. Can they keep passion in control long enough to take down two murderers?

In DEADLY RELATIONS, Detective Jennifer Brennan, still haunted by her abduction five years before, devotes her life to serve and protect others. Love is the last thing on her mind, but will it find her after three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch and she vows to find the killer — or die trying.
What do your fans mean to you?
Early in my journey, I pledged to stay close to my readers, communicating with and listening to them. What I am hearing from them (loud and clear) is that they want to continue to hear about the characters introduced to them in the Deadly Trilogy series. So in the Profile Series, most of those characters will pop in and out of the three books.

I had no idea that I would enjoy hearing from readers as much as I do. An email from one of them has the potential to make my day. My street team is a joy. Their loyalty and support is amazing.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Profile of Retribution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,810. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
From the USA Today best-selling author of Deadly Offerings, Alexa Grace, comes the third book in her Profile Series: Profile of Retribution, a spine-tingling story of guilt, vengeance and regret. For their parents, the nightmare didn’t stop after Evan and Devan Lucas snuffed out the lives of seven victims for fun. It was just beginning. Don’t miss this fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Profile of Terror
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,500. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Profile of Terror - Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.
Profile of Evil
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,400. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Leaving the FBI, Carly Stone becomes a consultant for Indiana County Sheriff Brody Chase, who needs her profiling skills to catch an online sex predator who is luring preteen girls to their death in his community.
Deadly Holidays (A Deadly Series Christmas Novella)
Series: The Deadly Trilogy, Four. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,910. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.33)
Deadly Holidays is a fast-paced, suspenseful novella that will touch your heart. It's part of The Deadly Trilogy and can be read as a stand-alone novella. **Note: Deadly Holidays is a short 32,973 word, 100 page romantic suspense novella with bonus material.** It is not a full-length novel.
Deadly Relations
Series: The Deadly Trilogy, Three. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,800. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
In Deadly Relations, a serial killer of young women hides in plain sight in a quiet county in the Midwest. He hides behind a friendly face that inspires trust, a personality that is charming and persuasive — and has a rage to kill he can't control.
Deadly Deception
Series: The Deadly Trilogy, Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,430. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In Deadly Deception, the second book of Alexa Grace's Deadly Trilogy, enter the disturbing world of illegal adoptions, baby trafficking and murder with new detective Lane Hansen and private investigator Frankie Douglas
Corn Field Surveillance: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.50)
When Private Investigator Frankie Douglas agreed to shadow Anne Mason to protect her from a serial killer, she had no idea both her life and heart would be in danger. Fast paced and humorous short story from the ebook DEADLY OFFERINGS by Alexa Grace.
Deadly Offerings
Series: The Deadly Trilogy, One. Price: Free! Words: 66,930. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.63)
Pulse-racing suspense with toe-curling passion. He's her chance for survival from serial killer; but will she survive the passion raging between them? This bestselling book is the first of the Deadly Series.