Jerrie Alexander

Jerrie Alexander.

Romantic suspense author, Jerrie Alexander, is my guest today and we’re going to switch it up a little. Instead of talking about animals, she’s going to answer some questions, both silly and serious, so we can get to know her better. And she’ll tell us who she’d like to play one of her heroes.

Before we get started I want to remind you of the two promotions I’m part of this month.

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Now to get to our questions:

If you were an animal, what kind would you be? (Can’t stay entirely away from animals.)
Hmm, I wanted to say a dog, but only if I could pick my owner. We have a dog somebody threw away…literally. We found him in our back yard, too weak to lift his head. The vet said he’d been traveling and he’d been bitten by a much larger dog, which wouldn’t take much. Buddy weighs ten pounds. So maybe, I’d be a dolphin. They live as a family, seem to be happy, are playful, and protect each other. A bonus is that I love the ocean.

Who are the important people in your life? Have they influenced your writing?
Without a doubt, my family. We’re a tiny group as neither my husband or I came from large families, but we love each other!
They do influence my writing. My husband has always told me I could do or be anything I wanted. Who could go wrong with that kind of support? One of the last John Wayne type of character, a little of him is in every hero I write. Our daughter critiques my work. She’s invaluable.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Can you say sugar? 🙂 If it is sweet, I’m there. To pick one is like asking which one of my books is my favorite. If I have to choose, Tarimisu. Love it!

What books would you take with you to a desert island?
Other than, “How to Survive on a Desert Island?” Anything written by Linda Howard. I’d throw in a few Elizabeth Hoyt historical romances (she’s my go to when I need a break from romantic suspense.)

What prompted you to write your book? Did you want to say something specific?
I’ve always loved to write. Many, many moons ago, I thought I wanted to be a reporter and studied journalism. My desire to embellish quickly changed to fiction.

Specific? Maybe that women are strong, resilient creatures. My heroines, in spite of bad things happening to her or her loved ones, play a vital role in solving the problems.

What’s your favorite room in your house?
Our living room. There’s nothing special about it to describe. Couch, chairs, fireplace, and big screen TV. But at the end of the day, it’s where we put our feet up and relax together. It’s where we talk to each other.

What is your writing process? (How do you develop your stories?)
I’m a solid panster. I do a profile on each character. I have to  understand each personality, then I decide what the base issue is and to whom. But the story unfolds as I write. Sometimes it generates a lot of rewriting, but as hard as I’ve tried, plotting doesn’t work for me.

If you were a color (red, blue, green, etc.), what would you be?
Red! It’s always been my favorite color. To tell the truth, I have no idea why, but if there’s something on the rack that’s red, it calls to me. 🙂

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so. No ritual or lucky yoga pants. My friends and family would tell you differently. I agonize over the beginning of a new book. Searching for something new and fresh, I worry that I’ll never come up with a unique story line. So I’ll pour over FBI profile books and news stories until I find a scenario that I can make mine. I don’t guess that’s a habit…more of a quirk.

Coffee or tea? Beer or wine? Sweet or tart?
Coffee in the morning. Hot green tea during the day.
Most of the time it’s neither. I can drink one glass of wine. Drink two and the next morning, I’ll have a hangover. Hate that feeling!
Sweet! Blue Bell ice cream in particular.

If your book is made into a TV movie, who do you want to play the hero?bailey chase 1
Along with the character profile, I find a picture for each one. In my first book, The Green-Eyed Doll, Bailey Chase would be perfect. He plays Branch, the deputy on Longmire.

What’s your next project?
No Chance in Hell, book three in the Lost and Found, Inc series. It’s Marcus Ricci’s story and I’ve completed eight chapters so there’s a lot more to be done. Marcus carries a big guilt and hasn’t been happy for a long time. He’ll get there, but I make him earn it. 🙂

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Jerrie’s latest book is Cold Day in Hell, book two in her Lost and Found, Inc series.

Cold-Day-In-HellEbook200x300Ex-Army Ranger Tyrell Castillo’s first mission for Lost and Found, Inc. goes awry when his contact is kidnapped, and he’s left scrambling for weapons and explosives. He’ll have to blow up a drug cartel’s compound, rescue the woman, and keep her safe while they cross the sweltering hot Colombian jungle.

Driven by the need for revenge, Ana Maria Vega Cisneros doesn’t want to be rescued. She wants revenge. She’ll risk her life to ensure the drug lord who killed her family suffers the same fate.

The cartel leaves a trail of blood on their hunt for Ty and Ana. When Ty receives the order to kill the drug lord with extreme prejudice, he and Ana will face the enemy head on. Can Ty protect the woman who’s hell bent on vengeance? The woman he’s grown to love?

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Excerpt:

Ana Cisneros stood close to the window. Craning her neck to see outside, she was unaware he’d entered the room. With no time for introduction, he reached around and clamped his hand over her mouth.

As expected, he’d startled her. She fought, slinging her body back and forth like a wet dog. She kicked at him, so he whirled her around and jerked her body snug against his.

“Quit struggling. I’m here to help you,” he whispered, trying to sound reassuring. No doubt, with the flames outside casting an eerie glow, he looked like an alien. A man wearing night-vision goggles, geared up with a pistol on his hip and another in a holster strapped to his thigh, and a rifle over his shoulder would scare most anybody. Not to mention the machete sheathed on his back and the SOG knife in his hand. “Do you understand?”

He took the slight movement of her head as a yes and relaxed the pressure off her lips. His reward? She bit his finger and pummeled his ribs with her free fist.

What the hell? The lamb had attacked the lion. He reapplied the pressure while keeping one eye on the door.

“Stop that,” he commanded, impressed at her bravado.

Even through the lens on the night-vision goggles, he spotted a bruise on her cheek. Heat sizzled up his spine at the bastard who’d hit her.

He’d expected fear or panic to be oozing from her every pore, but didn’t sense either emotion from her. Waves of anger rolled off her.

He didn’t have time to reason with her. And from what he’d seen so far, sweet-talking her was out. “I’m going to remove my hand. If you fight me, I’ll tie and gag you. Got it?”

This time he got a full nod. The expression behind her eyes made him doubt her honesty.

“I don’t have time to argue, so you’ll have to trust that I’m the contact you were supposed to meet in Bogota.” Cautiously, he lifted two fingers from her lips and waited to see if she complied.

“I know who you are,” she hissed. “And you’ve ruined everything.”

“Me? I think you’ve cornered the market on screw-ups.” He quickly assessed her condition. Other than the bruise, she appeared to be unharmed. Long dark hair fell around her shoulders. She wore jeans and a T-shirt.

Damn, she was a little thing. Beautiful, bruised, and pissed. Protecting her as they crossed the sweltering jungle wasn’t going to be easy. This woman was going to make the next few days a living hell.

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Buy Links:
Amazon:  http://goo.gl/nXU8QV   Available in print or Ebook
Barnes & Noble:  http://goo.gl/zTOA2i    Available in print

Contact Jerrie at:
Webpage – http://www.jerriealexander.com
Blog – http://www.jerriealexander.com/category/blog/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerrie-Alexander /121521571355959?ref=hl
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/jerriealexander
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/jerriealexander
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Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/jerriealexander/

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25 thoughts on “Jerrie Alexander

  1. Jerrie Alexander

    Kate, thank you for having me as your guest today! I appreciate your support.

  2. Nice to learn more about you Jerrie! Good post!

  3. Fun to learn about you.

  4. How did I not know your favorite color is red? Yet another thing you and Jake have in common. Great interview. I love getting to know more about my favorite authors.

  5. How did I not know your favorite color is red? Yet another thing you and Jake have in common. Great interview!

  6. Jerrie Alexander

    Hey, Barb! Thanks for coming by. I’m not surprised Jake likes red. 🙂 Back when I worked at a regular job, people used to tease me that my color was black. I liked that color in skirts and slacks because I could wear any color, including red!

  7. Okay, okay, I’m a day late, but hey we have ice here and I’ve been off emails with edits. So glad I caught site of this today. I’m so excited to see my good friend Jerrie here at your place, Kate. You have great questions. Jerrie could talk horses if you asked her. They used to have them. So another time get her to talk about her horses.
    Barb, how did we miss red? Look at what Jerrie’s wearing in her picture! Duh! LOL Never can know someone as well as we think.
    Readers, pick up any of Jerrie’s books and you’ll be a life-long fan. I’ll FB and Tweet.

    • I think you’ve been housebound for too long Marsha. 🙂
      Thanks for telling me about Jerrie’s horses. Hope things thaw out soon for you.

  8. Jerrie Alexander

    Marsha! You’re not late. Today is my day with Kate and friends. 🙂 You’re right about the horses, at one time we had eleven!

    I guess colors just never came up..except I know yours is turquoise! Weird, huh!

    Thank you for the plug. I’m thrilled you like my work!

    • See, I told you I’m confused in the calendar! LOL Yes, turquoise is mine, though I’m wearing lavender in my picture, when the whole thing shows. Maybe I can get it colorized? LOL Have a great day.
      We may go eat Mexican food this afternoon! I’m so excited. (If we can get the driveway clear! )

    • Hey Jerrie, maybe your horses can be the topic of another blog sometime.
      Interesting what colors say about you. My favorites are yellow and green–about equally.

      • Jerrie Alexander

        Kate, I’d love to talk horses. 🙂 With the eleven, we had two kids, two dogs and a barn full of cats. But no more…kids grew up and the horses slowly dwindled. But what great memories we made!

  9. Loved this interview with Jerrie. She’s one of my favorite authors for romantic suspense, and just and all around wonderful lady. She’s so approachable 🙂 After seeing that photo of Bailey, it makes me want to read Green-Eyed Doll all over again. Rawr!

  10. Ms. Alexander, you keep getting better and better. I’m in awe!
    I loved Hell or High Water, just bought A Cold Day in Hell, and now I have No Chance in Hell to look forward to. Your titles are terrific–how do you come up with them?

  11. Ms. Alexander, you keep getting better and better–I’m in awe!
    Loved Hell or High Water, just bought A Cold Day in Hell, and now I have no Chance in Hell to look forward to. Great titles too. They’re intriguing.
    Keep at it!

  12. jpress1206

    We’ll Jerrie if you’re going to be a dog, by all means, be YOUR dog! Spoiled rotten to the core. Now that’s the life, right there. Of course, he deserves it. Great interview!

  13. Jenna Blue

    Fun to get to know you a bit through your answers, Jerrie! Best!

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