Interview with Alexis Monro

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. I was in fourth grade. I wrote a story about global warming. This was over 40 years ago, so I guess I was kind of a prodigy. My teacher thought I was a crackpot and called my parents.
What is your writing process?
It's always a surprise. Inspiration comes over me like a fever. Not a giddy, good fever-but one that makes you want to go to bed for a week. I feel pressed to write during times like this. But I love it. But I have to write when it hits me, no matter where I am, even if it's just to jot down an outline.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The King James Version of the Bible-not just because I'm a Christian, but because it's like poetry. And horror. Romance as well. The Once and Future King by T.H. White because well, Camelot. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Stand by Stephen King because it rings true in a dark and scary way. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis because he speaks plainly about what it means to be a Christian.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. It was my first e-reading device, so I lost my e-reader virginity to it. You always remember the first one...
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth from my loyal readers.
Describe your desk
My lap. With my laptop on it. Coffee on the side table. Or a soda. Or whiskey. Depends on what I'm writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south. It's hot, sticky, and controversial here. My writing is the same.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is the first book I've written under a pseudonym. It was written from a place of pain. I felt like I had lost my voice due to an unfortunate encounter with a predator. It almost ripped my faith into shreds. Writing about it is how I found my voice again. It's a short, cathartic, attack on silence.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to write the way I want to write. I write concisely. That is not always appreciated by traditional publishers. All of my books are short. If I can get my point across with fewer words, that's what I'll do. I want to set my own standard.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having people relate to my words. Making them cry or laugh or remember who they were meant to be. Knowing that what I have written has given someone freedom.
What do your fans mean to you?
It makes me humble. My fans trust my words. So even in humor, I am considerate of my fan base. Trust cannot be easily reestablished if it is broken. I am truly thankful for them all.
Published 2017-05-05.
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Books by This Author

The Thorn In My Side: A Memoir Of Healing
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,970. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
The Thorn in My Side: A Memoir of Healing is about Ms. Monro’s experience as a Christian woman who has experienced clergy abuse. She allows the reader to observe the journey she took from blaming herself for the abuse and almost losing confidence in her faith to accepting her spiritual scars and finding her voice again.