tell me about yourself, and your writing.
I am a nurse by education, a certified wildlife rehabber by choice, and a writer by design. I have been in nursing for over twenty-five years and taught at several universities, but did not really immerse myself in writing fiction until six years ago. When I am not writing, I usually am caring for a house filled with all types of wildlife. Next to writing, animals are my second passion, and I use all my medical training to care for those injured and orphaned wildlife brought o me by the public.
How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres? I began writing at the age of eight, but did not write my first novel until I was in my thirties. That book, To My Senses, opened up a new door for me and I have been writing ever since. The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine is my 9th published novel with contracts on more well into 2016. I write in Romance, either paranormal, suspense, or contemporary.
Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre? I stay inside Romance because I always like to have a sexual chemistry between characters, and have them act out on that chemistry. But I have a book coming down the road that breaks away from that. Roxane: The King’s Wife is a historical romantic novel about the wife of Alexander the Great. Much more difficult to write because there is a lot of research to do, but when you adore history, like I do, it is a real endeavor of love.
Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants? I tend to write by the seat of my pants. I never plan out a book completely. I usually only know the ending.
What is a typical writing day like for you? First, I have to feed all the animals in my care. After they are settled then I can sit down and write, that is unless I have to go out and get food for the animals I am caring for, or have vet runs. If I am in a book, I usually settle down and write late into the early morning hours.
Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books? I have not been a big reader since I began writing more. I just don’t have the time. Favorite authors: Ian Fleming, Ernest Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, Elizabeth George, Mary Renault. Favorite books: the James Bond series by Fleming are still some of my favorite books.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year? To grow, as a writer, and build my audience. I would love to hear more from those who read my books and increase my reading base.
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be? To be invisible. Imagine the possibilities.
If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have? A unicorn. I always loved unicorns.
Tell us a little about your latest release. The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine is a ghostly love story about a woman healing from a broken marriage and returning to the childhood home where she was happy. But the home is haunted by a ghost, someone she befriended as a child, and now that she has grown into a woman, their friendship turns romantic. But Gaston is a ghost of a plantation owner who died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1853, and being together is impossible for them, or is it? There is voodoo, intrigue, lust and a whole lot of New Orleans ambience set into this novel. A great Halloween read.
What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members). My animals. I always have to have them with me.
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write? I don’t think I could do that. I co-authored quite a bit in nursing journals and it was hard to have a meeting of minds between two nurses, let alone two writers.
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them? Alexander the Great, Absolutely! I would ask him about his life, his battles, his family, and learn about the man he was. So much is unknown about him, and I would treasure a few moments to find out what made the man tick. I think it is one of those missing elements in history that would answer so many things.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing? I am a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. I care for orphaned and injured wildlife and return them to the wild. Next to writing, it is the most fulfilling work I have done.
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick? I am a writer and would probably press for one of my own books to make the jump to film. Every writer I think hopes for, and secretly dreads, the prospect of transitioning to the screen because not so much is left to the imagination at that point. It is more about interpretation, and you hope the interpreter of your work is someone you can believe in and trust.
What is a talent you wish you had, but don't? Drawing or painting. I would have loved to be able to bring pictures to life on paper. I am terrible at it and always avoided art classes like the plague!
Favorite color? Red
Weather: Hot or cold? Cold
Favorite place to read? Curled up on the couch.
Favorite meal? Japanese vegie tempura
Favorite non-alcoholic drink. Chocolate milk.
If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go? Greece and Egypt.
The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Date of Publication: 9/1/2013
Number of pages: 240
Word Count: 82,000
Ready to get her life back on track after ending a painful marriage, Danica Giles returns to the Creole cottage where she grew up in the New Orleans French Quarter. Danica is anxious to rekindle her friendship with a former resident from her old neighborhood, the seductive Gaston Deslonde. But Gaston isn’t exactly a normal guy.
The charming man has been dead for over a hundred and fifty years, and the childish crush Danica once had on her ghostly playmate quickly turns into something much deeper.
When a handsome new man enters Danica’s life, Gaston vows to do whatever he can to hold on to her. Danica soon discovers that the most forbidden of all desires cannot be satisfied without paying a grave price. Love can blur the lines between life and death when you are living among The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine.
About the Author:
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews.
Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2011, and was named best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won best Contemporary Romance by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, was a Silver Medal winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Romance, as well as a finalist in the USA Book Awards for Romance in 2012, and a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Contemporary Romance for 2012. Diary of a One-Night Stand, was released in August 2012 and was named a Paranormal Romance Guild’s Best Reviewed of 2012. Her last novel, Acadian Waltz was a Readers’ Favorite Book Awards finalist for Best Contemporary Romance and Best Southern Fiction.
A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.