by Alexa Bloom
(The Harrisons #1)
Publication date: January 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
I’ve always wanted to write a series with a big family feel, but not necessarily be confined to the same location for every book. So in The Harrisons, each story focuses on one of seven siblings and is set where they live. Writing it that way meant I could take readers to different locations, but Lockwood Farm, the family farm in Kentucky, remains the family hub. In Once In A Blue Kentucky Moon (book 1), I also enjoyed being able to incorporate horses into the story and developing their cute 'personalities'.
That's a tough one. I loved creating the contrasting characters of Blake and Tatum. Being the eldest sibling of the family, Blake has had to be the family patriarch for a long time—and while he makes a great boss, he's not always so great at expressing his own emotions. Tatum on the other hand, has a speak-your-mind fiery kind of temperament that can get her into trouble. It's hard to pick a favorite but I did love writing about the horses I mentioned earlier, and giving them their own distinct personalties - that was lots of fun.
Well, being able to change the location for each story really helps, and apart from there being a different hero and heroine in each book, the setting almost becomes like a third character. For example, book 2 is set in New York, and featuring some of the city's iconic spots added another dimension to the story. To keep each story's characters authentic, I also like to listen to people around me, and squirrel away snippets of conversation or real-life incidents that have the potential to make an interesting story.
Lots of things! But a couple of things that come to mind are getting to write those happily ever afters. If I cry after writing an ending or a poignant moment in one of my stories, then I feel like I've got it right. The other thing that's great about being a romance writer, are the awesome readers. Romance readers are really passionate about their romance books, be it contemporary, suspense, paranormal or whatever their favorite genre may be, and they’re very supportive about helping get the word out about their favorite authors!
I wish I was a cafe writer, it would definitely be more fun, but I'm a lot more productive in my quiet little study—the less distractions the better. My latest challenge has been trying to find ways to be more efficient and productive with my writing time. I do try and switch off the internet when I'm working, as I find its siren call just a little too tempting:) But once I'm into a story, I'm getting better at being able to write when there's other people around.
Well always hunky guys, interesting, relatable heroines and though the stories are mainly dramatic in nature, I have a fairly dry, subtle sense of humor (I've always loved English humor), so you'll always find sprinklings of my wry humor in there as well.
Book #2 in The Harrisons is already available—Once In A New York Minute—but I wanted to write a story about the couple that started it all. So right now I'm working on book #0, which is actually a prequel to the series and a story about Joe and Rose Harrison, who founded Lockwood Farm and went on to give me all those wonderful children to write about.
I'd like to be able to tell you I was one of those people who told stories from the age of two, wrote them voraciously from age three and a half, and spent my entire life in a library reading any book I could lay my hands on from that point forward. But sadly...that would be a complete fiction. (Ironic, isn't it?)
The fact is, I'm one of those people who could never quite figure out what to do with their lives. I've worked variously in office admin, as a teacher, singer, voice-over artist, colour consultant... If you can think of it, chances are I've probably tried it:)
Fast forward one change of country (Australia to Canada) and two children later, I don't think I found writing so much, as it found me. And I'm sure glad it did, because I can finally say I've found what I'm supposed to do:)
I've loved writing my first contemporary romance series The Harrisons, and I hope you'll enjoy meeting each of the seven Harrison siblings as much as I have.