Alexis Donkin

Biography

Alexis Donkin was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. At the age of five she moved to Albany, New York where she spent her formative years. Her mother started reading to her while she was in utero, and Alexis began writing stories when she was in late elementary school. Taught like many authors that she couldn't make a go of writing, Alexis didn't pursue it as a career however she never stopped journaling and writing poems. In her professional life, Alexis wrote articles and guidebooks, but never attempted to write fiction. It wasn't until she was almost finished with graduate school that she began entertaining the idea of writing novels. After marrying, and moving around with limited job prospects, Alexis did some soul-searching and decided it was time to try writing seriously. This resulted in her first book, THE BROTHERS, of the KHLOE ALWELL SERIES. The next year brought its sequel, LOVERS AND RIVALS. A new series, THE ROLLINS PACK, was begun soon after with its first installment, JAMES. Her books reference her life experience in the mid-Atlantic and New England as well as the West Coast. Important themes in her work include the environment, and conflict resolution, as well as gender and family issues. While these are not necessarily easy or small topics, Alexis writes personally with a grounded voice in an effort to make her work enjoyable and accessible. It is her hope that such a voice encourages readers to think and talk about issues they haven't before.

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

52 Lists from Pregnant to Parent
By Alexis Donkin
Pre-release—available April 30, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: English. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Alexis Donkin
Price: Free! Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
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 & Ammon
By Alexis Donkin
Series: Khloe Alwell, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,130. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Over millennia, Lilith and Ammon's story was distorted. Fact became legend. Legend became myth. Many pieces remained locked in the memory of those long dead. Khloe, the 16 year old hope of the Otherworld, having accepted her destiny, gains access to the lost tale of her ancestors through dreams. As she dreams, she learns their truth and just how tangled good and evil can become.
Below the Belt
By Alexis Donkin
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,430. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
Alisa Greer excitedly begins her doctoral program in anthropology when she meets Dr. Corwin Pierce. As Alisa gets closer to Pierce, bizarre things start happening on campus and at archaeological sites that all link back to him. She can only begin to guess who or what he is, but the truth is more disturbing than she can imagine...
Uncertain Transformation: Poems Written in Crisis & Hope
By Alexis Donkin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
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: The Rollins Pack
By Alexis Donkin
Series: The Rollins. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,870. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
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: The Rollins Pack
By Alexis Donkin
Series: The Rollins. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,900. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
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: Book 2 The Khloe Alwell Series
By Alexis Donkin
Series: Khloe Alwell, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,660. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Khloe had her world turned upside down when she discovered the Otherworld and her heritage within it. Now her family stands in the middle of the ancient and violent division between Seelie and Sidhe. Khloe must struggle to learn the ways of her father's court, deal with heartbroken boys, navigate a strange relationship with her weapons instructor, and come to terms with her destiny.
The Brothers
By Alexis Donkin
Series: Khloe Alwell, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,520. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
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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