As a fan of romance novels (reading and writing them), it’s always a pleasure to talk to other romance writers. Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Alexis A. Goring. Please, tell us a little about yourself.
I love the art of storytelling. I worked hard to earn my B.A. in Print Journalism and my MFA in Creative Writing. I enjoyed every moment of the journey.
Movies are my DREAM career! All of the arts in storytelling come together on film: music, fashion, photography, writing, acting…it’s all there.
I enjoy journalism because I love to meet new people and learn about their passion and life story through the interview process. God blessed me with many great opportunities to meet influential people and affect change in the world, when I worked as a freelance reporter for a local newspaper.
I love eating and fixing good food. My favorite cultural dishes are vegetarian versions of East Indian and Filipino cuisine. Mexican, West Indian, and Italian dishes are also on my favorite food list.
Why did you start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was nine years old.
How did you start writing?
I started writing after an impromptu storytelling game hosted by my grandpa at my grandma’s house. I guess you could say it was the “inciting incident” that launched my writing career.
How did you select your genre?
I love writing about matters of the heart, so selecting inspirational romance was natural.
What is your writing day like?
Honestly, I don’t write every day yet, but when I do, it’s not a set schedule. I write when I have time. When I have time, I spend maybe four to five hours working on a story. I break for mealtime then return to my work in progress. When I’m on deadline, spending eight hours at my computer per day until the deadline is met is typical.
I create character profiles that are in-depth (it can take up to 18 pages when I’m done) and fill out character layering charts. I’m more of a pantser than a plotter, so I don’t use note cards, post its, or storyboards. But I hear that it’s very helpful and I’d recommend it to people who are true plotter types.
What’s the most surprising thing a character has “told you?”
That he still loves his long-time girlfriend and does not want to marry the other lady who wants to win his heart.
Do you have a list of characters that you’re saving for future use? What kind of information do you keep on these characters?
Oh yes, I think of new story characters all the time! I keep character profiles and story sketches.
What does your work space/office look like?
Double windows with sunlight streaming through the blinds, a computer work desk station against the wall by the windows, my favorite computer surrounded by books and pens and paper. Music almost always plays in the background.
What is your go-to snack when writing?
If you could only recommend one NOVEL, what would it be? Why?
Gentle Like Rain by JoAnn Durgin because it was wonderful!
If you could only recommend one CRAFT book (writing, no crocheting), what would it be? Why?
ROMANCE-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets by Julie Lessman, because it helps me to create riveting characters and build believable tension between the hero and heroine of my stories.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes. If you have a dream that you know God placed on your heart, keep pushing for it to come true! 🙂
Thank you so much for appearing on my blog. Have a blessed day!
You’re welcome and thank you for hosting me today, Karin! God bless you.