Welcome to Alisha Basso, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest! Alisha lives in Nevada with her wonderful family and two sweet dogs. When not writing, Alisha is running around with lots of children or tending her garden. Please feel free to send her a note on facebook or drop her a line from her website alishabasso.com.
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PART ONE: ABOUT YOU
When and why did you begin writing? I’ve always told stories. When I was nine or so, I would tell stories to my friends at sleep overs. I remember once, one of my friends said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if you grew up to be an author?” I loved that idea so much, but of course I never thought it would come to pass. I just jotted my stories down and then left them to sit unread. It wasn’t until I had written This Blood, the first novel in my Grace Allen Series, that I discovered e-books and publishing. That was only about three years ago. I know… I was way behind!
What books have most influenced your life? I absolutely adore Ann Rice. She was the first writer to really grip me. It was like being held in a vice I was so obsessed with The Vampire Chronicles. Then came other novels such as Salem’s Lot by Stephen King which let me know that when writing a vampire or any character can be whatever we decide we want them to be. I love anything written by Jane Austen. I particularly loved Mansfield Park, so much so that it took a third reading to realize that Fanny was in love with her first cousin. Talk about being blind in my devotion. I read a lot of Nora Roberts and the wonderful Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison. I also devour Karen Marie Moning. I could read her novels every day over and over.
When did you first consider yourself a professional writer? I don’t know that I feel like a pro quite yet. I do feel a little thrill when someone leaves me a kind review. The thought that I can write a story that others will read and enjoy makes me feel not only giddy but extremely lucky.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about? I absolutely love Paranormal Romance/Fantasy but I really want to try my hand a time travel novels. Maybe one day….maybe not.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? I have had many jobs in my life. I was a flight Operations Officer for Reno Air (a tiny airline in my hometown that eventually closed.) And an Administrative Assistant for three very needy bosses and I can safely say that I would never want to do either of those ever again. These days I sometimes watch children and I love it. I feel my family is that much larger with each little person that enters my life. If writing couldn’t be a part of my life I would want to open a center to care for kids.
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. I tend to only use my computer for the actual story. Every time I outline with pen and paper I end up with something completely different when I sit down to the computer. I always work at home with my headphones on and lots of different music blaring.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? Balance? Oh you’re serious… Okay. Well, I guess I just decide on how much sleep a person really needs. My kids come first and they are some busy little people but when I do get to spend time on the computer I try to write until my vision blurs.
When do you write? I am a late-night writer more and more. I seem to have the best ideas when everyone has already gone to bed. My house is dark and quiet and my imagination thrives.
What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written? My mom once said, “Wow, you’re a real writer.” This was a few months after my third novel was on sale. She read it and I guess it finally dawned on her that yeah, her daughter wrote that. Love you mama.
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? Hands down my biggest supporter has been Neeley Bratcher. She read my novel, This Blood and it lead her to look me up. We spoke for a bit and she invited me to read her novel, Child’s Proof and once I did I discovered that this woman was hilarious and quite the writer. We quickly became best friends (She lives almost two thousand miles away and we have never met face to face). I would not have gotten as far as I have without her.
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both ebook and print
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THIS BLOOD — When Grace Allen discovers a valuable ring in a gutter, she thinks it’s her lucky day, but, fate has other ideas. Now, Grace finds herself not only the keeper of tremendous power, but the only person in the world able to wield it.
Seth McPhee is a monster on the hunt and his prey has never been more seductive. While Grace’s powers will ensure his leadership in the underworld, her beauty will make her captivity a pleasure.
Rushing to the rescue is Lucian, a man who is more than he seems. Will he prove to be the white knight that he claims, or is he just another beautiful monster?
Battling fantastic creatures as well as her raging libido, Grace’s resolve is tested. Will she succumb to a life of lavish entrapment, or escape for an uncertain freedom?
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