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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Guest Spotlight: Lexi Post and On Highland Time!

Welcome Lexi Post!

Tell us a little about the kinds of romance you write.
I write sensuous romance inspired by the classics, but since each classic inspires something different, I write Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Military Romance and Contemporary Cowboy romance. My paranormal runs the gambit from Time Travel like On Highland Time and Passion of Sleepy Hollow to ghosts or spirits like my Christmas Carol Series or immortals like in Heart of Frankenstein. For my cowboy series I have everything from a horse rescue ranch to a nudist resort with trail riding!

How did your writing career begin?
I started writing romance a long time ago for fun, but didn’t take it seriously until 2007. I was first published in 2013 and went full time when I moved back to the mainland in 2015. I was a literature major and later a professor, but the problem with great classic literature is that it almost always has a sad ending. I have loved the happily ever afters of romance since I was a teenager, so I decided to meld the two together. My first published romance, Masque, was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” and was actually my 4th completed manuscript. I don’t retell classic stories. I take elements from them and write new ones.

Are you indie, traditional or hybrid?
I’m hybrid. I currently write for Entangled and I indie publish.

Philosophies or epiphanies on writing or reading you’d like to share?
I love every aspect of writing from the joy of watching the story unfold in the first draft to the adding and cutting of revisions to the wordsmithing during editing. I think it’s why most authors write; they love to tell a story. And why do we write romance? I think it’s because we have a deep-seated belief that good will always win over evil and that love is what makes life worth living.

What I have learned from my readers is that my romance novels can help them through tough life experiences by giving them a break from reality and letting their mind and bodies get away, relax, and enjoy. They’ve also taught me many other things such as why they read certain genres or why they read the number of romances they do. I think sometimes when people write or speak, they are so busy trying to get their point across that they forget about the person on the other end. In my opinion, it is all about my audience, and in this case, that’s my readers.

What advice would you give new writers?
Learn the craft. Writing is not easy, especially fiction. I discovered it’s completely different from writing press releases, grant proposals or white papers. Workshops, webinars and conferences where a new writer can learn about point of view, characterization, world building and that all important motivation, goal and conflict, is the best investment into a writing career. Also, don’t forget we only get one chance to make a good first impression and every book that is published is a first impression to someone.

Favorite snack while writing? 
Tea. I drink tea all day. English breakfast in the morning and a rooibos or decaf Early Grey the rest of the day. About twice a week I make a chai latte at home that I just love! However, on Sundays, I eat all the sweets I’ve been craving during the week. I usually start off with my homemade ice cream for breakfast, then snack on candy bars, cookies, and cake until my husband makes me a nice fattening dinner. Between you and me, I usually go to bed with a stomach ache. LOL.

What is your superpower?
I’d have to say my ability to sit still. I know, doesn’t sound exciting, but it does help me stay in my desk chair and write. I tell my friends I’m a portrait artist’s dream. Hah! If I could choose any superpower, it would be to have the ability to travel through space and time. I’m fascinated by what other life there is in the universe.

What do you do for exercise?
I have a weight bench and workout at least twice a week and do my ab rolls every other day, but what I love to do the most is line dance. Actually, any kind of dancing (except the chicken dance) is my cup of tea, so to speak. I do take line dance classes right now, but I’ve also taken waltz, fox trot, country couples dance, two-step, ballet, square dancing, jazz, and Scottish country dancing. Yes, I do coerce my husband to go with me most of the time. Luckily, he’s a great dancer.

What is your spirit animal?
I would say a cat. I’ve never not had one. I’m pretty in tune with them. My last kitty lived until she was 21 years-old. My current cat, Giz, and I have a symbiotic relationship of sorts. He keeps me on schedule, making me get up, walk him on his leash every morning, and makes sure I take time to destress by giving him cuddles. Since he’s 15lbs of fur, he’s a great hugger. He also meows at me to go to bed, even though he doesn’t join me until after I’m asleep. Yes, we understand each other.

What color is your aura?
I have no idea, but I hope it’s something bright and upbeat. I just love bright colors and yellow is my favorite. I tend to be a positive person and since I have an awesome life, I’m pretty happy.

Tell us about your latest release!
On Highland Time is the first book of Time Weavers, Inc., a company that uses evolved female time travelers to go back in history and change it back to the way it originally happened before the Disruptors played with it. In this first book, Diana Montgomery must go back to Medieval Scotland to ensure a minor Laird dies as he originally did. The only problem is, while with the small MacPherson clan, she falls in love with him. She’s faced with a killer choice, save mankind’s future or save the man she loves.

This story, though inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s Narrative poem “The Lady of the Lake,” is a combination of paranormal, historical and time travel. I look at it as the X-men staff a Quantum Leap to Medieval Scotland.

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Author bio & Social Media links
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi's first love is romance novels so she married her two loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.


A Sterling Silver and Amethyst Thistle Necklace from Scotland and a $25 Amazon Card.
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artlover said...

Love cats too.....and your hat!!!!!

Lexi Post said...

Thank you. I'm a big cat lover and hat lover ;-)

Lexi Post said...

Thank you for having me :-)

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